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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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New Mexico may execute 2 long after death-penalty repeal

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Supreme Court is weighing whether the state's two remaining death row inmates still can be executed after the state's abolition of capital punishment.

Oral arguments were scheduled for Tuesday in the appeal of death sentences against Robert Fry and Timothy Allen for convictions in two brutal killings.

New Mexico repealed the death penalty for future murderers without canceling death sentences against Fry and Allen.

Attorneys for Fry say the execution no longer fits his crimes, while the state attorney general's office says it still is appropriate.

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in 2014 on whether the sentences against Fry and Allen are constitutional. 

The court ordered further briefings on whether execution is disproportionate to their crimes.

New Mexico's last execution was in 2001 against child-killer Terry Clark.

Source: The Telegraph, Associated Press, April 10, 2018


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