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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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Iraq to hang 5 more 'Islamic State members'

The Central Criminal Court of Iraq on Tuesday sentenced to death by hanging 5 persons for membership to the Islamic State (IS).

The court "reviewed the cases of 5 individuals convicted of membership [to IS] who worked in several divisions of the organization," the Iraqi Higher Judicial Council's (IHJC) spokesperson, Judge Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar, said in a statement.

Over the past 2 years, Iraqi forces have arrested tens of thousands of people which include foreign nationals they claim are members or affiliates of the militant group. Most still await sentencing.

Despite concerns from the United Nations (UN), Iraqi courts repeatedly issue the death penalty for many IS members who have been arrested and detained under questionable conditions.

"The convicts partook in fighting against security and military forces in the provinces of Nineveh and Anbar and had carried out terrorist attacks," Birqdar added.

The IHJC regularly issues statements after they hand sentences to individuals who have been convicted and are awaiting the court's final verdict.

"The court issued its decision to hang to death the accused under the provisions of Article 4/1 of [Iraq's] anti-terrorism law," the spokesperson concluded.

In the past year, Iraq has executed dozens of foreign and local IS members. 

A few months ago, Iraqi courts sentenced 212 people to death in Mosul and surrounding areas, most of them for membership to the extremist group.

International humanitarian organizations, including the UN, say efforts by Iraqi authorities to speed up the implementation of death sentences could lead to the execution of innocent people.

The death penalty in Iraq was suspended on June 10, 2003, but reinstated the following year.

Source: kurdistan24.net, August 8, 2018


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