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Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases

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ROME — Pope Francis has declared the death penalty inadmissible in all cases because it is “an attack” on the “dignity of the person,” the Vatican announced on Thursday, in a definitive shift in Roman Catholic teaching that could put enormous pressure on lawmakers and politicians around the world.
Francis, who has spoken out against capital punishment before — including in 2015 in an address to Congress — added the change to the Catechism, the collection of beliefs for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
The revision says the church would work “with determination” for the abolition of capital punishment worldwide.
“I think this will be a big deal for the future of the death penalty in the world,” said John Thavis, a Vatican expert and author. “People who work with prisoners on death row will be thrilled, and I think this will become a banner social justice issue for the church,” he added.
Sergio D’Elia, the secretary of Hands Off Cain, an association that works to abolish capital puni…

Iran: At least 10 executions

Medieval and barbaric: Public hanging in Iran
Iran Human rights (Dec 20 2017): At least eight prisoners were executed at Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj mostly on murder charges.

According to a close source, on the morning of Wednesday December 20, at least eight prisoners were executed at Rajai Shahr Central Prison. 

The prisoners, mostly charged with murder, were transferred to solitary confinement from different wards of the prison in a group of 10 on Monday December 18.

Four of the executed prisoners were identified as: Mostafa Chardouli from ward 2, Amir Abbas Ardestani from ward 3, Hamid Abdollahi from ward 6 (youth ward), and Nima Esma’ilian from ward 4.

“Hamid was 24 and had been in prison for murder since he was 19,” said a close source to Iran Human Rights (IHR) about Hamid Abdollahi.

Mohammad Qobad from ward 10 and Ali Ma’sumi from ward 7 were returned to their cells by either asking for time or winning the consent of the plaintiffs.

Moreover, on Saturday December 16, four other prisoners from ward 5 of this prison were transferred to solitary confinement to be executed in public. 

The prisoners were sentenced to death on the charge of armed robbery. They were identified as Moslem Mohammadi, Mohsen Kamali, and Abolfazl. According to the latest reports, the prisoners are still in solitary confinement.

The execution of the eight prisoners has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 142 of the 530 execution sentences in 2016 were implemented due to murder charges. 

There is a lack of a classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing death sentence for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Prisoner executed at Zahedan Central Prison on murder charges


According to HRANA News Agency, on the morning of Wednesday December 20, a prisoner was executed at Zahedan Central Prison. 

The identity of the prisoner, who was charged with murder, was Yaser Salar Rashid, 23. He had been in prison for five years.

“Yaser was transferred to solitary confinement 20 days ago as a punishment because he got into a fight with a social worker and broke his computer,” said a close source.

The execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run media so far.


Prisoner executed at Zanjan Central Prison on murder charges


According to a close source, on the morning of Tuesday December 19, a prisoner was hanged at Zanjan Central Prison. 

The prisoner, identified as Yasin Abedi from Qazvin, was charged with murder.

“Yasin worked with a derrick before he went to prison. One day he got into a fight with a man over financial issues and murdered him,” said a close source to Iran Human Rights (IHR).

Yasin Abedi had been in Zanjan Central Prison since 2011. Iran Human Rights had previously warned that he might get executed.

The execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 142 of the 530 execution sentences in 2016 were implemented due to murder charges. 

Source: Iran Human Rights, December 21, 2017


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