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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: Death penalty controversy continues on eve of decision

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Omaha, Neb. (KMTV) -- - The fight over what drugs are being used in Nebraska to carry out capital punishment is being debated before a two time convicted killer finds out if he'll be put to death or not.

Patrick Schroeder will be back in Johnson County District Court on Friday with a decision in his death penalty case.  Schroeder is convicted of killing a farmer in 2006, and his cellmate in 2017 at the Tecumseh Prison.  He represented himself and didn't say anything in his defense at the hearing in April.  

This month, a judge heard the arguments in the case over the release of what death penalty drugs the state has purchased.  The ACLU is suing Governor Ricketts, the Nebraska Attorney General, and NE Department of Corrections because, they say, the state developed flawed execution protocol without reviewing it publicly.

Matt Maly with Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty says citizens voted to bring back the death penalty but didn't vote for experimentation and secrecy in the process.

"The death penalty is a huge mess right now in Nebraska.  the fact of the matter is we still don't know where these drugs have come from, we don't know if they're going to work, it is a cocktail that's never been used before," Maly explained.

Lethal injection was adopted in Nebraska years ago, but no executions have been carried out by that method in the state.

A Lancaster County District Court judge has taken the legal challenge under advisement.

The Governor's office says all the drugs were purchased from a licensed U.S. pharmacy, and one of the drugs expires in August.  

They added that the death penalty protocol is posted publicly online.  When examined by KMTV the protocol does not include the types of drugs used or how they will be administered.


Source: 3newsnow.com, Jake Wasikowski, May 31, 2018


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