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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Saudi national executed for shooting and killing man in Asir

Saudi police officers
The execution sentence was carried out on Monday in the city of Abha

A Saudi national was executed in the kingdom for shooting and killing a man in the region of Asir, the kingdom’s interior ministry announced on Monday.

Gibran bin Salem bin Joueid al-Qahtani shot and killed Omar bin Mohammed bin Muraya al-Qahtani due to a dispute between them, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Security authorities arrested the offender and following an investigation, he was charged with the crime referred him to the criminal court.

The court found him guilty and sentenced him to death and the ruling was upheld by the appeals court and the Supreme Court.

The execution sentence was carried out on Monday in the city of Abha in the Asir region.

The interior ministry asserted the keenness of the government “to maintain security and achieve justice” and punish violators of such heinous crimes.

Saudi Arabia uses the death penalty for several offences including murder, drug-related crimes, homosexuality and terrorism.

According to Amnesty International, the kingdom executed 146 people in 2017.

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Public execution in Saudi Arabia

Source: gulfbusiness.com, September 3, 2018

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