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2018 Death Penalty report: Saudi Arabia’s False Promise

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With crown prince Mohammed bin Salman at the helm, 2018 was a deeply violent and barbaric year for Saudi Arabia, under his de facto leadership.
PhotoDeera Square is a public space located in front of the Religious Police building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in which public executions (usually by beheading) take place. It is sometimes known as Justice Square and colloquially called Chop Chop Square. After Friday prayers, police and other officials clear the area to make way for the execution to take place. After the beheading of the condemned, the head is stitched to the body which is wrapped up and taken away for the final rites.
This year execution rates of 149 executions, shows an increase from the previous year of three executions, indicating that death penalty trends are soaring and there is no reversal of this trend in sight.
The execution rates between 2015-2018 are amongst the highest recorded in the Kingdom since the 1990s and coincide with the ascension of king Salman to the t…

Iran executes three Kurds, 10 in one week: report

Public execution in Iran
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Iranian government has executed three men from Iranian Kurdistan (Rojhilat), Hengaw Organization for Human Rights reported on Monday.

Hengaw, a Kurdish Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), identified the men who were hung in the Urmia Prison on Monday as Kamal Sultani from the city of Bukan, Faruq Dariyaii from Oshnavieh (Shno), and Mahmoud Hamzazada also from Shno.

“The three imprisoned men were handed capital punishment for murder.”

The NGO, relying on their statistics, said that in the past week alone, Iran executed 10 Kurds from the cities of Birjand, Urmia, and Kermanshah (Kermanshan).

The Iranian government hung the other six, also convicted of murder, on Friday. Among them was a 65-year-old man who was in prison for 10 years before his execution.

In recent years, Iran has proven to be one of the leading nations in carrying out the death penalty against its citizens. Of the 993 people executed globally in 2017, 507 of them were in Iran, according to Amnesty International.

According to the Iran Human Rights Monitor (IHRM), Iran has carried out 108 executions in 2018 as of July 10.

International pressure is currently mounting for Iran to halt the impending execution of Kurdish activist Ramin Hossein Panahi, accused of membership in an armed Kurdish opposition group.

And despite being a state party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which bans executing child offenders, Iran continues to sentence children to death.

From 2014 to 2017, Iran executed at least 25 people for crimes they committed while underage, according to Amnesty and Iran Human Rights.

Source: Kurdistan24.net, author, July, 2018


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