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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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UN: Belgium mobilized again against death penalty

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Belgium will host next year (February 2019) the seventh world congress against the death penalty, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the UN adoption of a protocol aiming the abolition of the death penalty, announced Wednesday the Belgian minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders at the tribune of the UN Council for human rights.

Though this fight is general, Wednesday in Geneva, Belgium co-presided with the NGO “Together against death penalty” an event on the theme Africa, “the next abolitionist continent?”

At the same time, the country is one of those which are urging Iran to commute the death sentence pronounced against VUB’s guest Professor Ahmadreza Djalali, whom Teheran accuses of having collaborated with Israel in the assassination of two persons in charge of the Iranian nuclear program a few years ago.

Mr. Reynders did not pronounce Mr. Djalali’s name at the UN tribune. “It would have been counterproductive in that place, in relation to our bilateral efforts,” he explained at the end of his speech.

Being a candidate for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council in 2019 and 2020, Belgium also said it was prepared to reinforce its financing of this jurisdiction, and of the High Commission (HCDH).

In his address, Mr. Reynders gave indeed strong support to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, in his denunciation of States’ shortages.

“This concerns, for example, the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the violent acts against peaceful worshipers and demonstrators, and the obstacles to fundamental freedom strongly challenge us,” the head of Belgian diplomacy explained.

The minister mentioned the DRC among other countries (Syria, Yemen, Burundi, Myanmar), where fundamental principles such as the protection of civilians in military conflicts, the sanctity of hospitals and schools, and access to humanitarian assistance are being “scoffed at on a large scale.” 

Source: The Brussels Times, Oscar Schneider, March 1, 2018


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