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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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Bangladesh: 2 sent to gallows for drug trafficking; 4 to hang for raping girl

Sylhet Metropolitan Sessions Judge Mujibur Rahman Bhuiyan in Sylhet sentenced two people to death in a drug trafficking case. 

The convicts are: Hossain Ahmed Manik, 51, a resident of Razzakpur village, and Parvez Alam Sumon, 26, a resident of Tikorpara-Uttarbhag village in Bianibazar upazila. 

According to the prosecution, the foreign division of South Surma Post Office in Sylhet received a parcel containing 8.45 kilograms of heroin on March 9, 2014. 

The parcel came from Pakistan's Lahore. Addresses of four recipients written in the parcel were found fake. 

Later, police identified two men-- Manik and Parvez-- through tracing their mobile phone numbers and nabbed them. 

The convicts used to traffic heroin in the UK after bringing from Pakistan.

Four sentenced to death in absentia for raping girl in 2003


A court in Narayanganj today handed death penalty to four people for raping a ten-year-old girl in 2003. 

The four convicted rapists -- Sumon, Alamin, Abul and Shahadat -- all residents of Alirtek of Narayanganj Sadar upazila, are still at large. 

After 15 years of the incident, the culprits were punished for their crime today as Judge Juel Rana of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal awarded death penalty to them. 

On January 13, the girl went missing, after it was reported that the four culprits called the girl from her house, our Narayanganj correspondent reports quoting Rakib Uddin, public prosecutor of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal. 

The next day, her body was recovered from a field next to her house, the lawyer said adding that ever since the victim’s brother filed a case with Narayanganj Sadar Model Police Station, the culprits went into hiding. 

Sources:  observerbd.com, Star Online, June 11, 2018


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