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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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Filipino worker in Saudi saved from death penalty: DFA

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A female overseas Filipino worker was saved from the death penalty in Saudi Arabia and has returned to the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

The DFA did not identify the worker but described her as an "unwitting drug mule."

The DFA did not say how the OFW gained freedom. It only said she was saved through the efforts of the Philippine consulate in Jeddah and the law firm it engaged to assist the OFW.

Quoting reports from the consulate, the DFA said the OFW was imprisoned in Jeddah on Oct 9, 2013 after she was arrested for possession of illegal drugs. The drugs were found in the luggage she was carrying for a representative of her deployment agency in Manila, it said.

The DFA said the OFW was recommended by the Jeddah prosecution office to be put to death for drug smuggling and fined 100,000 Saudi riyals (about P1.4 million)

The OFW was repatriated to Manila on March 27 along with 4 other female OFWs after they completed their respective prison sentences in various detention facilities in the western region of Saudi Arabia.

The DFA also did not identify the 4 other OFWs.

Around 2.4 million Filipinos are living and working in the Middle East, with 1.2 million of them found in Saudi Arabia working in oil fields and medicine, service industries and as household helpers.

Source: malaya.com.ph, April 3, 2018


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