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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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Aceh to stop caning 'criminals' in public: officials

Public caning in Indonesia's Aceh province
Indonesia’s Aceh province will stop caning criminals in public after a wave of international condemnation of the practice, local officials said Thursday.

The conservative region of Sumatra — the only place in Muslim-majority Indonesia allowed to enforce explicitly sharia based laws — passed a regulation Thursday that will see criminals flogged only behind prison walls.

It is not clear when the new rule will come into effect.

Public whippings outside Aceh’s mosques is common punishment for a slew of offenses, ranging from gambling and drinking alcohol to gay sex.

A hooded figure on a makeshift stage rains down lashes, sometimes as many as a hundred strokes, on the back of a grimacing criminal as large crowds of adults and children jeer and scream abuse.

Rights groups have derided it as cruel and last year President Joko Widodo called for an end to public canings in Aceh.

“This (law) is to muffle protest… to muffle Islamophobia,” Aceh governor Irwandi Yusuf said.

“We don’t want Islamophobia to interfere with (Indonesia’s) foreign affairs.”

Around 98 percent of Aceh’s five million residents are Muslims, subject to religious law, including the public whippings which came into practice around 2005.

Crowd enjoying the caning, Aceh, IndonesiaNon-Muslims can usually choose whether or not to be punished under religious law and sometimes choose a painful flogging to avoid a lengthy court process and jail term.

Two Indonesian Christians were flogged in February for playing an arcade game seen as violating Islamic law.

Under the new rules, caning with a rattan stick cannot be recorded anymore — crowds often filmed the spectacle on smartphones — and only journalists and adults can witness the punishment inside prisons.

Some locals, however, were not sold on outlawing public whippings.

“If caning is done in prison… we’re sure there will be more sharia violations in Aceh,” demonstrator Tuwanku Muhammad said at a small protest against the new legislation in the provincial capital Banda Aceh.

“Even now, there are… violations.”

Source: Coconut Jakarta, Agence France-Presse, April 12, 2018


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