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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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Malaysia: 165 on death row escaped the gallows from 2007 to 2017

Screenshot from "Apprentice", by Boo Junfeng (2016).
The pardons board of various states reduced the sentence of 165 people who were sentenced to death from 2007 to 2017, said the Prisons Department.

During the same time, 35 executions took place, said its deputy director (policy) Supri Hashim.

Supri said that those who had their death sentence reduced, were usually given life or 20 years imprisonment.

He said this during a press conference on the proposed abolition of the death penalty organised by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysian (Suhakam) on Thursday (June 28).

At the moment, Supri said there were 1,267 people on death row or 2.7% of the prison population of about 60,000 people.

Supri said they are at various stages of appeal - 336 in the Court of Appeal, 128 in the Federal Court and 442 at the states' pardons board.

He did not mention the stages of the other remaining prisoners on death row.

He said executions can only take place if they got orders from the states' pardons boards or a warrant of execution from the High Court.

With 9 executions in 2016, Malaysia was among 23 countries that executed 1,032 people globally.

This figure excludes China, which Amnesty International believes executes thousands of people yearly.

Malaysia imposes the death penalty for several crimes, including murder, drug trafficking, treason, waging war against the King and terrorism-related offences.

Last year, the Dewan Rakyat voted to remove the mandatory death penalty for drug offences, giving judges the power to decide the sentences.

Human rights groups, however, have called for the total abolition of the death penalty.

Source: thestar.com.my, June 28, 2018


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