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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: Prisoner Hanged in Isfahan

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Iran Human Rights (May 21, 2018,): A prisoner was hanged at Isfahan Central Prison on murder charges last week.

According to IHR sources, on the morning of Sunday, May 13, a prisoner was hanged at Isfahan Central Prison. 

The prisoner, identified as Jafar Firouzkhani from Hashtrud city, was sentenced to death on murder charges.

A close source told IHR, “Jafar Firouzkhani was arrested and sentenced to death on the charge of murdering a car dealer in Najafabad, Isfahan in 2014.” He also added, “The defendant murdered the victim over the financial dispute. He was unable to win the consent of the plaintiffs.”

The prisoner was transferred to Isfahan Central Prison from Najafabad Prison a few days before his execution.

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 22, 2018


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