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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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Maldives ready to carry out executions: minister

The Maldives is ready to carry out executions, local media has reported a government minister as saying, ending a six-decade moratorium on capital punishment.

Home Minister Azleen Ahmed told Raajje TV that work has been completed on building a place to carry out the death penalty and that executions will resume as soon as legal procedures are settled.

Three young men are presently on death row after the Supreme Court upheld their sentences in 2016.

Death penalty regulations specify methods of execution as lethal injection and hanging.

The government initially decided to implement the death penalty through lethal injection, but is now ready to carry out executions by hanging. 

A special unit for the purpose has been built in the high-security Maafushi prison.

President Abdulla Yameen reiterated his vow to reinstate capital punishment last August amid growing international concern.

“By God’s will…when the Supreme Court concludes [cases] to the point where the death penalty can be enforced, our mechanisms and arrangements will be complete enough to do it with the advice of the Islamic council and the word of the heirs.”

The death penalty can only be carried out should all of the murder victim’s immediate relatives (heirs) choose to take the life of a convicted killer under the Islamic principle of Qisas (retaliation in kind).

The rules on carrying out executions state the president is required to order the execution within three days of a committee signing a document endorsing the death sentence. 

The committee is comprised of the chief prosecutor, the commissioner of prisons and the chief justice.

The execution must take place within seven days of the order. The heirs of the victim are given a last opportunity to make their wishes known on the day of the execution.

Source: Maldives Independent, January 2, 2018


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