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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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Nebraska: Court orders correction department to release execution drug information

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LINCOLN, Neb. — As Nebraska gets ready for what could be the first execution in 20 years, a court is ordering the corrections department to release information on the purchase of the drugs to be used in carrying out the death penalty.

The ACLU initially sued the corrections department said it didn't comply with open records requests as it withheld the supplier of the drugs to be used in the execution. 

The District Court of Lancaster County ordered the Nebraska Department of Corrections to release records

In a statement, Executive Director for the ACLU of Nebraska Danielle Conrad said:

“Overall the ACLU is pleased with the court’s decision reaffirming Nebraska’s proud tradition of open government. We are reviewing the decision carefully to determine next steps. In the short term, we look forward to reviewing documents about the source of Nebraska’s execution drugs to learn more about the legal and policy issues involved in their acquisition. We appreciate that Nebraskans of goodwill hold divergent viewpoints on the death penalty, but the citizens' referendum did not grant permission to state officials to cloak the death penalty in secrecy. The court's decision today ensures transparency and accountability as the state seeks to carry out its most grave function."

The corrections department will have seven days to release the documents.

Source: nebraska.tw, KHGI, June 19, 2018


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