Human Rights: The Inhumane Regime of Iran

The Iranian regime is a theocratic state based on the principle of velayat-e faqih (absolute clerical rule). The authoritarian rulers of Iran violently clamp down on popular demands, including calls for greater personal freedoms and equality.
Freedom of assembly is effectively non-existent in Iran. That is why various social sectors are severely restricted and suppressed when they assembled to voice collective and basic demands. In this context, the Iranian people have increasingly called for the overthrow of the theocracy, believing it does not align with their democratic aspirations and inclination to join the international community as peaceful and responsible actors. In December 2017, people in more than 130 cities in all of Iran's provinces rose up against the regime in large numbers and demanded democratic change and separation of religion and state. The protestors were violently suppressed, with hundreds killed and thousands more jailed and tortured.
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India: Why the death penalty is carried out before sunrise

We all must have seen in movies that criminal who get death penalties are hanged before sunrise, but have you ever wondered why so early and not at any other time?

The death penalty is given out to an individual who has committed a grave crime in the eyes of law. The ruling is a constitutionally sanctioned practice under which a person is put to death, as a form of punishment.

Before being hanged, the jail administration asks the criminal’s last wish. However, the prisoner’s wish is fulfilled only if it is under the jail’s manual.

After pulling the lever, the prisoner stays in the hanging position for 10 minutes, then a team of doctors check whether he has died or not. The prisoner is brought down only when the doctors are sure of his death.

During the carrying out of the execution, the jail superintendent, the executive magistrate, and a hangman have to be present, if any of the officials is absent then the punishment cannot be carried out.

The time is fixed in the morning because according to the jail manual, all jail functions are done only after sunrise and this would ensure that the other daily chores are not affected.

Hanging of a person is big news for the affected society. To restrain the effect of the hanging on the collective conscience of the society and to limit any social trauma or outcry, the execution is carried out before the society wakes up to the event.

Source: orissapost.com, Staff, September 17, 2019

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