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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: Two Men Publicly Hanged In Mashhad; Prisoner hanged in Birjand

Two prisoners convicted of murder were publicly hanged today in Mashhad, capital of the northeastern Iranian province of Razavi Khorasan, the state-run ISNA news agency reported. 

Mashhad public execution Judge Hassan Heidari, Deputy Prosecutor General of the province, announced the news as cited by the state media. 

He said the State Security forces quickly arrested the killers and the Judiciary was quick in carrying out the proceedings.

The victims, who were not identified by name, were a 41-year-old fruit seller and a 27-year-old man.

Source: Iran HRM, author, July, 2018


Prisoner Hanged in Birjand


Iran Human Rights (Jul 19, 2018): A prisoner was executed at Birjand Central Prison on murder charges.

According to a close source, on the morning of Tuesday, July 17, a prisoner was executed at Birjand Central Prison.

Birjand is the capital of the Iranian province of South Khorasan. 

The prisoner, sentenced to death on murder charges, was from ward 103 of Birjand Central Prison. 

He was identified as Baratali Shirdelan from North Khorasan.

A close source told IHR, “Baratali had been in prison for six years on the charge of murdering his wife.”

The execution on 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. 

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 21, 2018


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