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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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Mass protests against planned execution of activists continue in Bahrain

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Mass protests by citizens of Bahrain continue to grow, as people take to the streets to protest against the regime of the Khalifa dynasty.

Local sources report heavy crackdowns on demonstrations all over the country, adding that people chanted slogans which called for an end to the Khalifa family's rule over the country. 

Bahraini troops used teargas to suppress a demonstration by women in the village of Diraz on Monday.

Demonstrations have been growing steadily since 6 civilians were sentenced to the death penalty on Monday. 

The verdict had been handed down by a military court, after a decree by Bahraini absolute monarch Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa ruled that civilian protesters should henceforth be tried under military law.

Bahrain's top military court sentenced the 6 individuals to death on Monday after convicting them over charges including plotting to assassinate the chief of the armed forces of the Gulf state, Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa. 

The court also sentenced seven other people to 7-year jail terms and deprived them of their citizenship, while 5 men were acquitted.

Prior to Monday's trial, there had never once been any official mention of any sort of plot against the life of the Field Marshall, and the Bahrain News Agency refused to give any further details of when or where the plan was alleged to have taken place.

Source: almasdarnews.com, December 31, 2017


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