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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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Iran: Prisoner Hanged in Rasht

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Iran Human Rights (Jul 24, 2018): A prisoner was executed at Rasht Central Prison on murder charges.

According to a close source, on the morning of Saturday, July 21, a prisoner was executed at Rasht Central Prison.

The prisoner, sentenced to death on murder charges, was identified as Seyyed Morteza Mohammadi.

A close source told IHR, “Morteza was from Rasht and was dating a girl named Fariba. He murdered her and burned her body after a fight in 2015. 

He had a 9-year-old son who was present in front of the prison gate at the time of the execution.”

The execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 240 of the 517 execution sentences in 2017 were implemented due to murder charges.

There is a lack of a classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing a death sentence for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 25, 2018


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