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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 Kashan Prison

Watching a public execution in Iran
Iran Human Rights (IHR) - July 24, 2019: A man was hanged at Kashan prison for murder last weekend. 

According to IMNA News, on the morning of Sunday, July 21, a man was executed at the Iranian city of Kashan’s prison. 

Kashan’s Deputy Attorney General, Rouhollah Dehghani, said, “the defendants confessed he had a relationship with the victim’s wife. He and the victim’s wife conspired to commit the murder.” 

The wife was sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment. 

IMNA News has not mentioned any name but Human Rights Activists for Democracy in Iran revealed the executed man’s name as Majid Mosleh, 30. 

At least 110 people were executed in Iran in the first half of 2019. 

Only 37 of the executions have been announced by authorities or Iranian media. 

Iran Human Rights (IHR) could confirm 73 more through its sources. 

IHR only reports the unannounced executions if it could confirm those with two separate credible sources. Therefore, the actual number of executions may be even higher than reported.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Staff, July 24, 2019


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