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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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India: Madhya Pradesh to felicitate officials for speedy child rape trials

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About 60 officials from prosecution, forensic science laboratory (FSL) and police departments have been invited to the chief minister’s residence on Friday for the felicitation.

After becoming the first state to pass a law awarding death penalty for rape of girls aged below 12 years, the Madhya Pradesh government has decided to felicitate the officials involved in such trials in which the death penalty was awarded.

About 60 officials from prosecution, forensic science laboratory (FSL) and police departments have been invited to the chief minister’s residence on Friday for the felicitation.

Additional director general (women cell) Anvesh Mangal said that officials, including investigating officers and their supervisors, will be handed over certificates of appreciation.

From February 28 to July 27 this year, seven convicts were awarded death sentences in Katni, Dhar, Shahdol, Sagar and Indore districts. 

Officials from Mandsaur and Satna districts have also been called to the state capital.

After protests over rape of minors in the state, the home and police departments are regularly monitoring all such cases. 

While reviewing the law and order situation on July 10, Chouhan had asked top officials of home and police departments to ensure that death penalty is awarded to those convicted of raping minor girls.

Source: Indian Express, Milind Ghatwai, August 2, 2018


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