Iran: The death penalty is an inhumane punishment for death row prisoners, their families and society as a whole

"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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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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