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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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Iran: Two Brothers Hanged in Public over Armed Robbery Charges

Public execution of two brothers, Dogonbadan, Iran, 15 March 2017
Iran Human Rights (March 15, 2018): Two prisoners were hanged in public on the charge of armed robbery today. 

According to IRIB, on the morning of Thursday, March 15, two prisoners were hanged in public in Dogonbadan (the capital of Gachsaran County, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province). 

The two prisoners were brothers, and they were sentenced to death on the charge of armed robbery from a jewellery store and murdering two of the shopkeepers. 

The robbery took place in September 2017, and the prisoners were arrested on December 6. 

Their execution was carried out in less than 100 days. Issuing death sentence in such a short time may result in the defendants’ right to a fair trial being denied. 

The Chief Justice of Gachsaran County, Reza Mishan, said, “On February 4, 2018, the death sentence for the thieves was issued by the Revolutionary Court in Gachsaran, and it was approved by the Supreme Court on March 11.”

“The sole purpose of public execution is creating fear among people,” said Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, director of IHR, “We call on the international community to immediately stop this terrifying show.”

It should be noted that the report does not mention for which crime the two prisoners had been sentenced to death.

According to the annual report on the death penalty which has been published by IHR recently, 31 public executions have been carried out in 2017.

Source: Iran Human Rights, March 15, 2018


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