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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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Indonesian prosecutor seeks death for Taiwanese drug smugglers

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Jakarta, June 5 (CNA) An Indonesian prosecutor is to seek the death penalty for four Taiwanese nationals involved in a crystal methamphetamine smuggling case that took place in Indonesian waters in February, the Jakarta Post reported Tuesday.

The Taiwanese nationals, identified as Chen Chung-nan, Chen Chin-tun, Huang Ching-an and Hsie Lai-fu were officially handed over to prosecutors Monday, according to the report.

The chief prosecutor of the narcotics department, Dedi Siswadi, said the four are facing the death sentence, the report said.

The case unfolded as Indonesia's National Narcotics Agency and Navy captured the Taiwanese fishing boat Shun De Man No. 66 and its crew, including the four Taiwanese nationals, Feb. 7 in waters near Batam Island.

The vessel was carrying over one ton of crystal meth while flying a Singapore flag and sailing under the name of Sunrise Glory when it was captured.

Upon boarding the vessel, Indonesian authorities found the narcotics hidden 41 rice sacks.

In a similar case last year, Indonesia also handed down the death sentence to eight Taiwanese nationals who were found guilty of attempting to smuggle one ton of amphetamine into Indonesia in July 2017. 

Source: Focus Taiwan, June 5, 2018


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