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NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many reasons to justify intervening. Billy Ray Irick suffered from psychotic breaks that raised profound doubts about his ability to distinguish right from wrong. Edmund Zagorksi’s behavior in prison was so exemplary that even the warden pleaded for his life. David Earl Miller also suffered from mental illness and was a survivor of child abuse so horrific that he tried to kill himself when he was 6 years old.
Questions about the humanity of Tennessee’s lethal-injection protocol were so pervasive following the execution of Mr. Irick that both Mr. Zagorski and M…

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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