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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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Turkey: Main opposition party will not stand behind death penalty

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) parliamentary group leader on Monday said the party stands opposed to the death penalty amid ongoing speculation that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will be introducing the punishment to Turkey’s parliament in the upcoming months, secular Cumhuriyet daily reported.

Leader of the Great Unity Party (BBP) Mustafa Destici on Monday suggested a proposal to reinstate the death penalty for offences such as murder, treason and sexual offences against children would be brought to parliament in October. 

Destici hinted a referendum could be held on the death penalty, which Turkey abolished in 2004.

The matter will be discussed in detail in Turkish parliament, CHP's Özgür Özel said, should a 200-signature bill be presented in parliament, adding the CHP is opposed to death penalty in terms of legal norms and universal developments on human rights.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan last week vowed to sign off on the death penalty if parliament passed.

Source: ahvalnews.com, author, August, 2018


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