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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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Nevada Supreme Court to hear Dozier death row case

Scott Dozier
The Nevada Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in the cases involving a death row inmate who wants to die and the controversial ballot initiative aimed at preventing local governments from enacting sanctuary city policies.

The state’s high court will hear 60 minutes of oral arguments in the legal challenge to the Prevent Sanctuary Cities ballot initiative at 10 a.m. on May 8.

The proposed constitutional amendment, spearheaded by state Senate Minority Leader and Republican lieutenant governor candidate Michael Roberson, would prohibit any state or local government from implementing policies that would make it a “sanctuary community” that does not cooperate with federal immigration laws.

In January a Carson City judge threw out the initiative, calling it “excessively broad and general,” and said it was likely to confuse voters. Roberson’s group appealed the decision.

The justices will also hear hear arguments in the case of twice-convicted murderer Scott Dozier, who was scheduled to be executed in November and has said he wants to die.

Dozier’s death was postponed after a district judge denied the use of a paralytic drug called cisatracurium and granted a request from the lawyers for the Nevada Department of Corrections to stay the execution as the lethal injection process is reviewed by the Nevada Supreme Court.

The Dozier case is scheduled for 11 a.m. on May 8.

Both cases will be heard at the Supreme Court building in Carson City.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal, Colton Lochhead, March 27, 2018


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