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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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The Iran that exists today is vastly different to the Iran that the history books tell us about. A country with such a colourful and spectacular history is currently being destroyed by the corrupt leadership that is torturing and executing its people for arbitrary reasons.

Amnesty International has published a report detailing some of the horrifying statistics that make Iran one of the most horrific in terms of its brutal leadership.

During the course of 2016, there were more than 500 registered executions. The emphasis is on "registered" because there were without a doubt many that were not officially recorded. More than 1/2 of the executions that take place in the world are in Iran.

Amnesty international gives statistics for 4 prisons in Iran: Rajaie Shahr (Gohardasht Karaj) Prison; Qezel Hessar Prison; Urmia Prison; and Zahedan Prison.

In ward 10 of Gohardasht Karaj Prison there are currently more than 260 prisoners - 86 of which are on death row. Ward 3 of the prison also houses approximately 180 prisoners aged 25 or under. Half of these young people are on death row for "retribution in kind". Many of these young people were also arrested before they turned 18.

In unit 2 of Qezel Hessar Prison there are approximately 1,000 prisoners, some of whom are there on drug related offences.

In Urmia Prison there are over 100 prisoners on death row in wards 1, 2, 3 and 4. 8 of the prisoners are on death row despite being mentally disturbed. There are another 3 prisoners on death row in ward 12 and 6 prisoners are awaiting the death penalty on ward 12. The prison also has a ward specifically for young people where there are 6 people on death row. Another 6 people are awaiting execution on ward 15 which houses the prisoners who were arrested for drugs-related charges.

Watching a public hanging in IranIn Zahedan Prison there are at least 136 prisoners on death row, many of whom have been there for many years. Some of the prisoners awaiting execution are being held on charges related to drugs and there are a number of political prisoners. Ward 4 of the prison has 4 individuals on death row for affiliation to political groups, murder and drugs charges.

Amnesty International's report only provides details about 4 prisons, but the cases in many other prisons across the country are similar.

The Iranian regime is notorious for executing political prisoners and members of the opposition. There are also many Iranians being held in prison because of their participation in the recent protests that swept across the country.

In 1988, more than 30,000 political prisoners were executed in what has become known as the 1988 massacre. This is a crime against humanity that has never been forgotten by the people of Iran, yet one that the Iranian regime has never been held accountable for.

Nor has the Iranian regime been held accountable for its arbitrary executions that take place almost daily. It is time the international community stood behind the people of Iran and protected them from the murderous and torturous regime that is mismanaging the country and its resources.

Source: NCRI, May 24, 2018


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