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2018 Death Penalty report: Saudi Arabia’s False Promise

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With crown prince Mohammed bin Salman at the helm, 2018 was a deeply violent and barbaric year for Saudi Arabia, under his de facto leadership.
PhotoDeera Square is a public space located in front of the Religious Police building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in which public executions (usually by beheading) take place. It is sometimes known as Justice Square and colloquially called Chop Chop Square. After Friday prayers, police and other officials clear the area to make way for the execution to take place. After the beheading of the condemned, the head is stitched to the body which is wrapped up and taken away for the final rites.
This year execution rates of 149 executions, shows an increase from the previous year of three executions, indicating that death penalty trends are soaring and there is no reversal of this trend in sight.
The execution rates between 2015-2018 are amongst the highest recorded in the Kingdom since the 1990s and coincide with the ascension of king Salman to the t…

Iran: At least 21 executions in 1 week; 13 hanged collectively

Public hanging, Iran
Iranian regime sent 19 prisoners to the gallows in cities of Gohardasht, Urmia, Hamedan,Tabriz, Kermanshah and Ilam prisons. 8 of the executed were hanged collectively in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj on April 18th.

On the same day, Bahman Varmazyar, a young prisoner who was a sports coach, was executed in Hamadan Prison. A day before, a prisoner was executed in Tabriz's central prison.

On April 23, 9 prisoners were sent to the gallows. 5 of them were hanged collectively in Urmia prion, 3 prisoners in Keramanshah, and on prisoner in Ilam.

Unable to deal with the deadly crises, in particular, the increasing protests of the people fed up of injustice and repression, the religious tyranny ruling the country has increased the number of executions in different cities to intensify the atmosphere of intimidation in society.

Meanwhile, a 50-year-old prisoner Mohsen Parvas committed suicide and passed away on April 21 in protest at the harsh pressures imposed on him.

In yet another occasion, on April 22, a 31-year-old prisoner, Nasir Zoraghi, died at the Zahedan Central Prison following a stroke and denial of his medical treatment.

The Iranian Resistance calls on all the Iranian youths to protest against the brutal death penalty and harsh conditions in Iran's prisons, and to support the families of the executed. It also calls on all international human rights authorities to strongly condemn the executions in Iran and to condition dealing with the Iranian regime on improvement of the human rights situation, in particular the suspension of the death penalty.

Source: Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, April 25, 2018


Mass execution imminent in Rajaie Shahr Prison


Collective hanging, Iran
At least 20 death row prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement in Rajaie Shahr Prison in Karaj. There are concerns that their death sentence would be carried out on Wednesday April 25. Among the prisoners, an Afghan national identified as Amir Khalili was transferred from Qezel Hesar Prison while another prisoner identified as Amir Ahmadi was transferred from Khorin Prison in Varamin. The other prisoners have been identified as Javad Sohrabi, Iman Hosseini Moghadam, Ali Masoumi, Ahmad Sabet Ahmadi, Amrullah Azhdar, and Mohammad Reza Kharratha who were all held in Rajaie Shahr Prison.

An inmate identified as Reza Sheikh, 40, was hanged today in central prison of Zahedan, capital of Sistan and Baluchestan Province. He had been on death row since 9 years ago on charge of murder. The execution has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

Iran has sent at least 21 prisoners to the gallows during the past week in the cities of Karaj, Urmia, Hamedan,Tabriz, Kermanshah and Ilam. 8 of the executed were hanged collectively in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj on April 18th.

On the same day, Bahman Varmazyar, a young prisoner who was a sports coach, was executed in Hamadan Prison. A day before, a prisoner was executed in Tabriz's central prison.

On April 23, 9 prisoners were sent to the gallows. 5 of them were hanged collectively in Urmia prion, 3 prisoners in Keramanshah, and on prisoner in Ilam.

In yet another occasion, on April 22, a 31-year-old prisoner, Nasir Zoraghi, died at the Zahedan Central Prison following a stroke and denial of his medical treatment.

Source: Iran Human Rights Monitor, April 25, 2018


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