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Iran Execution Trends Six Months After the New Anti-Narcotics Law

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IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS (MAY 28, 2018): On Monday, May 10, 2018, Iran Human Rights (IHR) reported the execution of Kiomars Nasouhi, a prisoner sentenced to death for drug offenses. This execution is the first drug-related execution registered by IHR since the latest amendment to the Anti-Narcotics Law was enforced on November 14, 2017.
According to reports by IHR, at least 77 people, among them three juvenile offenders have been executed between January 1. and May 20, 2018. Four were hanged in public spaces. Of the reported executions 62 were sentenced to death for murder, seven for Moharebeh (being an “enemy of God”), seven for rape, and 1 for drug offenses. For comparison, it is reported that during the same period in 2017, at least 203 people were executed, 112 were executed for drug offenses. The significant reduction in the number of executions in 2018 seems to be due to a temporary halt in drug-related executions as the number of executions for murder charges were nearly the same as …

Prisons across Pakistan house 8,000 inmates on death row

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LAHORE: Pakistan has the largest death row population in the world as the number has swelled up to 8,000, a local media outlet reported on Sunday.

Many of those on death rows have been in jails for decades and over the past five-years, no clear policy over the matter has been adopted by the federal government.

Between 6000-8000 inmates on death row across the country were convicted in murder cases and continue to wait execution with their appeals for clemency rejected.

A total of 332 criminals were executed in 2015 after the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in reaction to the Army Public School attack in December, 2014.

In 2016, at least 67 victims were hanged while at least 44 were sent to death in 2017. 

Most of those were convicted on terrorism charges and cases involving murders.

Poor sanitary conditions and a lack of hygiene causes dozens of deaths in prisons across the country every year.

Source: Pakistan Today, May 28, 2018


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