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Iran: The death penalty is an inhumane punishment for death row prisoners, their families and society as a whole

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"Whether guilty or not, the outcome of the death penalty is the same. In Iran, the death penalty is by hanging, and it takes from several agonising seconds to several harrowing minutes for death to occur and for everything to be over."

Every year several hundred people are executed by the Iranian authorities.
According to reports by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and other human rights groups, death row prisoners have often no access to a defence lawyer after their arrest and are sentenced to death following unfair trials and based on confessions extracted from them under torture. 
These are issues which have been addressed in IHR’s previous reports. The current report is based on first-hand accounts of several inmates held in Iran's prisons and their families. The report seeks to illustrate other aspects of how the death penalty affects the inmate, their families and, as a consequence, society.
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2 years on from mass execution, Saudi repression continues under new Crown Prince

Mohammed bin Salman
Two years since the Saudi authorities carried out a mass execution of 47 people, human rights organization Reprieve has warned of fresh repression in the Kingdom under the new Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

On 2nd January 2016, Saudi Arabia executed 47 people in one day. 

Among them were several political protesters and juveniles. 

Research by Reprieve has shown that in 2017, several smaller mass executions were carried out in the Kingdom, with 141 people executed overall. 

Some 70% of the year's executions were carried out after Mohammed bin Salman took power in June.

Reprieve has raised concerns for 14 political protesters who face imminent execution, after their death sentences were upheld in July 2017. 

The 14 were convicted on the basis of 'confessions' extracted through torture. Among them is a disabled man, Munir al-Adam, and a juvenile, Mujtaba al-Sweikat. 

The new year will see Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman being hosted in London by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Commenting, Maya Foa, Director of Reprieve, said:

“Two years on from a mass execution that saw political protesters – including children – killed, the government of Saudi Arabia shows no interest in halting a brutal wave of repression. Hundreds of people have been executed in the last two years, and now several young protesters face imminent execution on Mohammed bin Salman’s watch. The international community – including Theresa May, who is soon to host the new Crown Prince – must hold him to his promises of ‘reform’ by demanding a halt to all executions immediately.” 

Source: Reprieve, January 2, 2018


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