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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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Iran: Two executed on murder charges

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Iran Human Rights (Apr 6, 2018): A prisoner was hanged at Maragheh Prison on murder charges in March.

According to a close source, on the morning of Sunday, March 4, a prisoner was hanged at Maragheh Prison. The prisoner, identified as Jalil Khademi, was sentenced to death on murder charges.

Jalil Khademi, who was from Marand city in East Azerbaijan Province, was arrested in 2014 and had been held in prison ever since. 

A close source told IHR, “Jalil murdered a man named Khosro Asghari over financial disputes. He had not been able to win the consent of the plaintiff.”

It should be noted that the execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 240 of the 517 execution sentences in 2017 were implemented due to murder charges. 

There is a lack of a classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing a death sentence for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Man charged with murdering 3-year-old boy executed


Iran Human Rights (April 10, 2018): A man who was charged with murdering a 3-year-old boy was hanged at Rasht Central Prison.

According to ISNA, on the morning of Tuesday, April 10, a man who was charged with murdering a 3-year-old boy, named Ahoura, was hanged at Rasht Central Prison.

The murderer was earlier identified by the media as Meysam, 27. He was charged with physical harassment of a 3-year-old boy which led to his death on October 14, 2017. The forensics announced that the cause of death was cerebral hemorrhage.

Branch 3 of the Criminal Court of Guilan sentenced Meysam to death on December 7, 2017 which was approved by the Supreme Court on January 23, 2018.

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 240 of the 517 execution sentences in 2017 were implemented due to murder charges. 

Source: Iran Human Rights, April 12, 2018


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