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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Iran: Four executed on murder, rape charges

Public execution, Iran
Three prisoners were executed at Minab Prison (Hormozgan province) on the charge of rape.

According to a report by Azad News Agency (ANA), on the morning of Wednesday, August 8, three prisoners were executed at Minab Prison. 

The prisoners, whose identities have not been mentioned in the report, were sentenced to death on the charge of rape in 2016.

According to confirmed reports by Iran Human Rights (IHR), at least 36 people were executed in different Iranian cities in the month of July, 24 of whom were sentenced to death on murder charges.

Prisoner hanged at Bandar Abbas Central Prison on murder charges

According to a close source, on the morning of Tuesday, August 7, a prisoner was hanged at Bandar Abbas Central Prison. 

The prisoner, sentenced to death on murder charges, was arrested in July 2014.

The prisoner was identified as Amir Ali Kalivand, 46, from Lorestan. He was transferred to Bandar Abbas Prison from Hajiabad (a city in Hormozgan province) Prison.

A close source told IHR about his case, “Amir Ali Kalivand was also charged with five kilograms of methamphetamine but he was executed on the charge of murdering a minibus driver.”

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

Source: Iran Human Rights, August 8, 2018

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