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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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6 North Koreans executed by firing squad after trying to smuggle out nation's phonebook

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6 North Koreans were executed by firing squad after trying to smuggle out the nation's phonebook, it has emerged.

The residents from the capital Pyongyang were executed at the end of last year on the charge of treason for attempting to leak the contents of a directory to the outside world.

Their relatives were booted out of the city and exiled in the countryside. North Korea's phonebook is considered a secret document.

It contains the phone numbers of factories and companies, managers, party chairmen and other high-ranking officials and office numbers and can sell for up to around 5,700 pounds in China.

'The authorities relayed the message to legal organisations through lecture materials stating that, 'At the end of last year, 6 Pyongyang residents who attempted to distribute a phonebook outside of the country were executed.'

'The point was emphasised that those who commit such acts can be punished at any moment,' a high-ranking source in the capital told Daily NK during a telephone call.

'The lecture materials explained: "A phonebook can be sold for 50,000 yuan in Chinese money. These individuals chose to commit treason in order to avoid working hard to earn money".'

The seriousness with which the punishment was enforced is thought to be related to the fact that the crime was committed in Pyongyang, the 'Revolutionary Capital' where the country's most loyal subjects supposedly reside.

'The families of the 6 executed individuals were deported to the Hwanghae Province area,' a separate source in Pyongyang said.

'The leadership of the country's party, military, and political leadership is all concentrated in the city of Pyongyang.

Many cadres who go in and out of the country also reside in Pyongyang.

That explains why the authorities reacted so strongly in order to prevent information about them from leaking out of the country.'

Source: dailymail.co.uk, Matt Acton, April 25, 2018


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