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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 Public

Public hanging in Iran (file photo)
Iran Human Rights (May 13, 2018): A prisoner was hanged in public in the Southern city of Bandar Abbas on murder charges.

According to Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA), on the morning of Sunday, May 13, a prisoner was executed in public in the Southern city of Bandar Abbas. 

The prisoner was sentenced to execution in public on the charge of murdering two park rangers.

Director-General of Hormozgan's Judiciary Department, Akbari, said, “Two park rangers from Hormozgan were shot by an unauthorized hunter in a protected area on June 23, 2016.”

The report doesn’t mention the identity of the prisoner.

It should be noted that the United Nations condemns public execution. 

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, as well as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, had earlier demanded that public executions be banned.

According to Iran Human Rights (IHR)'s annual report on the death penalty, 31 prisoners were hanged in public in 2017.

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 14, 2018


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