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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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Man Executed In Eastern Iran; Four hanged over 'Moharebeh' charges

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Iran Human Rights (Jan 2 2018): A 30-year-old prisoner was hanged at Mashhad Central Prison on murder charges.

According to Rokna News Agency, on the morning of Sunday December 31, a prisoner was hanged at Mashhad Central Prison. 

The prisoner was identified as Ali H., 30.

He was sentenced to death on the charge of murdering his own father in Jimabad Valley in 2014.

The family members of the prisoner were present as the plaintiffs at the time of his execution.

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.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 3, 2018


Execution of Four Prisoners Charged with Moharebeh


Iran Human Rights (Jan 2 2018): The official media finally confirmed the execution of four prisoners who were charged with Moharebeh for robbery after two weeks.

According to Rokna News Agency, four prisoners were hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison on the charge of Moharebeh. 

The report doesn’t mention the time of the execution.

Iran Human Rights (IHR) had earlier reported the execution of these prisoners on Wednesday December 20. 

At least 8 more prisoners were executed at Rajai Shahr Prison on the same day. 

One of the prisoners who had returned to his cell by asking for time had told us that, “The four prisoners were not among the other death-row prisoners, who were executed at Rajai Shahr Prison, and were transferred to an unknown place one hour earlier.”

Three of the prisoners were identified as Moslem Mohammadi, Mohsen Kamali, and Abolfazl.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 3, 2018


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