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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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Doctors association seeks death penalty for counterfeit drugs traffickers

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SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Monday has sought death penalty for those involved in manufacture, sale and distribution of spurious drugs.

“To curb the menace of fake drugs, we need to get touch on the drug traffickers. And the toughness include the death penalty,” said DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a communique.

“They kill hundreds and hundreds of people and most of them don’t even go to jail. They need to be punished for the carnage they cause,” he said.

The amended Drug and cosmetic act of 2008 contains maximum punishment of life imprisonment.

Dr Nisar said capital punishment has proved effective in other countries like China. In 2007 former head of China’s state food and drug administration was executed for his involvement in substandard drugs which proved to be a strong deterrent.

He said India is the capital of spurious drugs and according to WHO, India accounts for nearly 35% of world spurious drug market.  In an estimate, 40% of the Indian market is under the grip of spurious drugs.

“From cancer to heart medicines and from antibiotics to vaccines, drugs in all therapeutic categories have been reported to be either substandard or counterfeit,” he said.

“There are clandestine factories that have been making these sham drugs,” he added.

 Dr Nisar said Kashmir is a safe haven for spurious drugs as the market is unchecked and unregulated and there is no fear of accountability.

“In 2013, we unearthed a big spurious drug scandal in which many people were involved. Lakhs of tablets of fake drug maximizin, a life-saving antibiotic were supplied to government hospitals. Following expose of this fake drug, hundreds of drugs which were consumed by patients were declared substandard,” he said. 

Source: Kashmir Patriot, June 4, 2018


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