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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Nebraska notifies death row inmate Carey Dean Moore of drugs it plans to use in execution

Potassium chloride
LINCOLN — Nebraska prison officials have notified another death row inmate they intend to carry out his execution using an untried combination of lethal drugs.

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said Friday it provided the execution notice to Carey Dean Moore, who shot and killed Omaha cabdrivers Reuel Van Ness and Maynard Helgeland in the summer of 1979.

The letter from Scott Frakes, the department’s director, informed Moore that it intends to use the following drugs in sequence: diazepam, fentanyl citrate, cisatracurium besylate and potassium chloride. They are the same drugs Frakes has said were obtained before a similar notice was given to death row inmate Jose Sandoval in November.

The state’s execution protocol requires inmates to be given notice of the drug at least 60 days before a death warrant is requested to carry out a lethal injection.

Attorney General Doug Peterson has not yet asked the Nebraska Supreme Court to issue a death warrant for Sandoval.

The four-drug combination Nebraska intends to use has not been used in any other lethal injection execution. Over the years, states have found it increasingly difficult to obtain execution drugs because manufacturers say they don’t want their products used in capital punishment.

Moore, 60, is the longest-serving inmate on Nebraska’s death row. Six times the Supreme Court has set execution dates for Moore, but each time the execution was stayed.

Twice Moore told the courts to disregard his appeals because he was ready to die. Both times, however, he changed his mind.

Source: BH News Service, Joe Duggan, January 19, 2018

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