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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: Executions in Babol and Eslamabad-e-Gharb

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Iran Human Rights (May 6, 2018): A prisoner was executed at Babol Prison on murder charges.

According to Rokna news agency, on the morning of Saturday, May 5, a prisoner was hanged at Babol Prison on murder charges.

The prisoner, identified as A. F., 27, committed murder over a financial dispute in 2015.

According to the state-run news agency, Javan, quoting Younes Hosseini Alemi, the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Mazandaran, “The defendant, A.F., son of Shidollah, who was sentenced to death on the charge of murdering J. A., was hanged at Babol Prison in the presence of the plaintiffs.”

Prisoner hanged at Eslamabad-e-Gharb Prison on murder charges


According to HRANA news agency, on the morning of Monday, April 30, a prisoner was executed at Eslamabad-e-Gharb Prison on murder charges. The prisoner was identified as A’zam Khazaei.

A close source told Iran Human Rights, “A’zam Khazaei had shot and killed her wife. Her wife’s relatives encourage her to divorce A'zam and marry someone else because A’zam had been imprisoned twice before.”

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.

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 5, 2018


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