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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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Death penalty for child abduction in Egypt

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Egypt’s parliament approved, Monday, a legislative amendment to toughen penalties against child abduction to death by hanging.

The House of Representatives of Egypt said in a statement it had agreed to “amend a penal code that would impose the death penalty or life imprisonment of 25 years for abducting a child if the abduction was linked with an assault or rape.”

The amendment stipulates that “any child kidnapper who abducts without circumvention or coercion shall be punished by a term of not less than 10 years. If the abduction is accompanied by a ransom request, the penalty shall be imprisonment for a term of no less than 15 years and no more than 20 years.”

The amendment also specifies that “the perpetrator of the abduction crime shall be sentenced to death or life imprisonment if linked with the crime of assaulting the kidnapped or raping him/her.”

The statement quoted the head of the Legislative Committee of the Egyptian House of Representatives, Counselor Bahaa Abu Shoka, as saying that “kidnapping people is a dangerous crime for both humans and society, and affects humanity physically and psychologically as well as it deprives them of liberty.”

He added that “the link of this crime with other crimes is very serious, including murder, theft, and sexual assault. This stimulates the perpetrators’ criminal behaviour through kidnapping to achieve financial and personal gains.”

According to the current law, “Anyone who abducts a child under the age of 16, without circumvention or compulsion, by himself or by others, shall be sentenced to 3 to 10 years’ imprisonment and a crime perpetrator who abducts a female shall be sentenced to life imprisonment if linked with the crime of sexually assaulting the kidnapped.”

According to local media reports, over the past years, Egypt has witnessed a remarkable increase in the spread of the crime of abduction and mainly that of children.

Source: Middle East Monitor, January 9, 2018


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