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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20 Indonesians on Saudi Death Row, 5 Charged with Witchcraft

Indonesia flagThe Indonesian Foreign Ministry's civil protection director, Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, revealed that there are at least 20 Indonesians that face the death penalty in Saudi Arabia for various allegations.

Reports state that 15 of them are accused of murder charges while the other 5 are charged with sorcery accusations under Saudi Arabia's witchcraft law.

"[The witchcraft law] does not exist in our Constitution, but suspects of this type of case have a chance to be pardoned by the King. We have accompanied the Indonesians accused of murder charges since the beginning and we have acquired all of their records," said Muhammad Iqbal on Wednesday, March 21.

Furthermore, Iqbal explained that 2 people that are charged with murder have entered their legal proceeding's critical phase. 

It involves 2 Indonesian citizens Tuty Tursilawati and Eti binti Toyib, both who were indicted in 2011 before the government's citizen protection was still weak which presented difficulties for the Indonesian government to provide assistance.

The House of Representatives (DPR) Indonesian workers (TKI) supervisory team leader Fahri Hamzah urges the government to establish a stronger national data system that can thoroughly protect Indonesian workers overseas.

Meanwhile, Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri said that the Indonesian government has conducted several diplomatic and non-diplomatic approaches towards the Saudi Arabian government in an attempt to free the Indonesians that are currently on death row.

Source: tempo.co, March 22, 2018

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