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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Karawang migrant worker returns home after escaping death penalty in Saudi Arabia

Nurkoyah Marsan Dasan
Indonesian migrant worker Nurkoyah Marsan Dasan has returned home after being freed from the death penalty in Saudi Arabia.

The 47-year-old from Karawang, West Java, arrived in Jakarta on Wednesday evening.

She had been sentenced to death in 2011 after being found guilty of murdering her employer’s child in Saudi Arabia. Nurkoyah, however, appealed and was acquitted in April this year.

During her trial, Nurkoyah received legal assistance from the Indonesian Embassy in Riyadh and lawyer Mishal Shareef.

“Nurkoyah's return is very special because she was accompanied all the way to her hometown by her lawyer Mishal Shareef, a well-known lawyer in Saudi who has been working intensively on several legal cases implicating Indonesian citizens,” Indonesian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Agus Maftuh Abegebriel said in a statement on Wednesday.

Nurkoyah’s family in Kertajaya village had been waiting eagerly for her return on Wednesday.  

"Finally, my sister is home. This is the result of our family’s prayers and efforts," Bean, Nurkoyah’s older sibling, said as quoted by kompas.com

During her 11 years in Saudi Arabia, Nurkoyah spent three years employed as a domestic worker and the remaining eight years facing legal proceedings following her arrest in 2010.

Source: Jakarta Post, July 5, 2018

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