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

"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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Iran: Inmates Hanged in Rajai Shahr Prison

Public execution in Iran
Iran Human Rights (Jan 4 2018): On the morning of Thursday, two prisoners from Varamin were executed at Rajai Shahr Prison. The official media had earlier reported the execution of a juvenile offender at the same prison.

According to a close source, on the morning of Thursday January 4, a prisoner named Abolfazl Ghorbani was executed at Rajai Shahr Prison. He was sentenced to death on the charge of murder and had been in prison for four years.

Abolfazl Ghorbani was transferred to solitary confinement along with two other prisoners named Amir hossein Pourjafar and Mohammad Karimi from ward 10 of Rajai Shahr Prison on Monday January 1.

Official media had reported the execution of Amir hossein Pourjafar, who was only 16 at the time of the murder. This child offender was sentenced to death on the charge of raping and murdering an Afghan child.

Mohammad Karimi who was sentenced to death, delayed his execution by asking for time from the plaintiffs. This was the second time he was scheduled to be executed. He will be executed if he can’t pay 180.000$ to the plaintiffs.

“Amir hossein Pourjafar begged Setayesh’s father for mercy until the very last moment, but her father Said nothing and pulled the stool himself,” said a close source to Iran Human Right (IHR).

It should be noted that all of these prisoners were from Varamin Prison. The execution of Abolfazl Ghorbani has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 5, 2018

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