Oklahoma | I went inside death row, what I saw made me sick - Henry McLeish

The evolution of civilised behaviour, indicating a retreat from barbarism, has become a distinctive feature of most modern western democracies, but America often disappoints, retaining practices that shock, sadden, and in my case, nearly made me physically sick.
My visit to death row at McAlester State Penitentiary, Oklahoma, brought home to me, how the final setting for government sponsored killings, combined with execution by lethal injection, brought a brutal end to lives. And made a mockery of the idea of justice, offering instead a violent, humiliating, and inhuman act of revenge, with no serious pretence that any of these end of life dramas, provide any deterrence in criminal justice terms. Formerly known as “Indian Territory”, and home of the Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma, with a population of over 4 million, became a state in 1907. Located in America’s “Bible” belt, where there is a strong fundamentalist Christian tradition and powerful Republican politics, Oklahoma remains a pro…

Iran: Man Hanged at Birjand Prison, Two Men Executed at Rajai-Shahr Prison

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Iran Human Rights (IHR); July 5, 2019: A man hanged at the Iranian northeastern city of Birjand’s prison. 

According to IRIB News, a man was executed for murder charges at Birjand prison. 

Neither exact date of the execution, nor the identity of the prisoner, were revealed by the authorities. 

At least two prisoners were hanged at Rajai-Shahr prison

Iran Human Rights (IHR); July 4, 2019: At least two prisoners were hanged at Rajai-Shahr prison yesterday. 

According to IHR sources, on the early morning of Wednesday, July 3, at least two prisoners were hanged at the Iranian city of Karaj’s Rajai-Shahr prison. 

IHR sources have identified them as Mehdi Assadi and Hassan Baradaran.

Iranian website Rokna has also reported about the executions without mentioning the prisoners’ name. 

Both men were sentenced to death for murder charges. 

According to the Iran Human Rights statistic department, at least 273 people were executed in Iran in 2018. 

At least 188 of them executed for murder charges.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Staff, July 4-5, 2019

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