Will the U.S. Finally End the Death Penalty?

In the past, abolition efforts have faced a backlash—but Gavin Newsom’s moratorium may be different.
The American death penalty is extraordinarily fragile, with death sentences and executions on the decline. Public support for the death penalty has diminished. The practice is increasingly marginalized around the world. California, with its disproportionately large share of American death-row inmates, announces an end to the death penalty. The year? 1972. That’s when the California Supreme Court declared the death penalty inconsistent with the state’s constitutional prohibition of cruel or unusual punishments—only to have the death penalty restored a year later through popular initiative and legislation.
On Wednesday, again, California walked back its commitment to the death penalty. Though not full-fledged abolition, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a moratorium on capital punishment lasting as long as his tenure in office, insisting that the California death penalty has been an “abject…

Iran: Inmate hanged in Urmia; Man publicly flogged in Dargaz

Public execution in Iran
Iran Human Rights (Jul 27, 2018): Out of four prisoners who were transferred to the solitary confinement on July 25 for execution, at least one was executed at Urmia Central Prison on drug-related charges.

The execution of one prisoner was stopped, and there is no information regarding the fate of the two others yet.

According to a close source, on the morning of Friday, July 27, at least one prisoner was executed at Urmia Central Prison on drug-related charges.

The prisoner was identified as Jahangir Nojavan from ward 15.

A close source told IHR, “Jahangir was arrested on the charge of five kilograms of drugs but he was also charged with being a drug kingpin, that’s why the court reapproved his death sentence.

Another prisoner, named Saeed Pourhamzeh, was also executed at Urmia Central Prison on the same charge last year.”

Jahangir Nojavan was transferred to the solitary confinement along with another prisoner on Thursday, July 25.

The reports indicate that the execution of the other prisoner was stopped for unknown reasons and he returned to his cell.

Moreover, some sources told IHR that two more prisoners with drug-related charges were also transferred to the solitary confinement from Salmas and Naghdeh prisons.

These prisoners were also sentenced to death on drug-related charges but there is no information regarding their fate.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 27, 2018

Man Publicly Flogged In Dargaz, Razavi Khorasan Province

A disturbing video showing a man being flogged in public on July 24, 2018 has been obtained from inside Iran.

In the video masked men are seen hitting a man wearing prison uniform with a whip, while a small crowd watches without protesting or intervening. 

The state security forces are present at the scene.

Earlier this month a young man convicted of consuming alcohol when he was just 14 or 15 years old was publicly flogged 80 times in Niazmand Square, Kashmar, Razavi Khorasan province.

“The circumstances of this case are absolutely shocking, representing another horrific example of the Iranian authorities’ warped priorities. No one, regardless of age, should be subjected to flogging; that a child was prosecuted for consuming alcohol and sentenced to 80 lashes beggars belief,” said Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.

Source: Iran-HRM, July 28, 2018

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