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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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Speaking about the final ho…

Barack Obama endorses Ben Jealous for Governor of Maryland

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Silver Spring — TODAY, October 1, 2018, Ben Jealous, former National President and CEO of the NAACP received the endorsement of Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States. 

Jealous worked closely to help pass many of the monumental achievements accomplished by the Obama Administration, most notably the Affordable Care Act which Jealous seeks to build on as Governor. 

Recently, Obama has come out in favor of Medicare-For-All calling it a “good new idea”. Jealous has made his plan for Medicare-for-All a core part of his policy agenda and polls show that the majority of Marylanders support it. 

As President of the NAACP, Jealous spearheaded a successful 1.2 million voter turnout effort which led to him being called the “unsung hero of Obama’s re-election”.

“Ben Jealous is an accomplished civil rights leader, businessman, and advocate for working people,” said Obama. “His exemplary work as national President of the NAACP and as a leader in Maryland fighting for the DREAM Act, marriage equality, voting rights, and the abolition of the death penalty make him the best candidate for Governor. As a social impact investor, Ben has worked closely with small businesses, creating jobs and building a more inclusive economy. He has the vision, experience, and courage to move families forward, which is why I ask all Marylanders to stand with me in supporting his election as Maryland’s next Governor.”

“I’m honored to receive this endorsement from President Barack Obama,” said Jealous. “Across the country, progressive candidates are seeking to build on the successes of his Administration and continue to deliver real solutions for working people. As governor, I’ll build on the Affordable Care Act as well as President Obama’s progressive economic agenda to pass serious healthcare reform as well as expand economic opportunity for all Marylanders.

Jealous has been endorsed by several key national figures that represent the breadth of the Democratic Party. 

These surrogates support Jealous’ progressive economic agenda which is focused on expanding educational opportunity and ambitious healthcare reform. 

Senators Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Elizabeth Warren in addition to Vice President Joe Biden have all endorsed Jealous campaign for governor in addition to progressive organizations representing over 100,000 Marylanders.

Source: benjealous.com, October 1, 2018


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