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Democrats Should Stop Saying Some People Should Die in Prison

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Replacing the death penalty with death in prison is not true progress.
Late last week, a clip of an interview from the New York Times with Sen. Elizabeth Warren made the rounds on social media. In it, Warren spelled out her position against the death penalty, citing the evidence of wrongful convictions and racism associated with capital punishment. Then she added: “I think that people who have committed truly heinous crimes should die in prison. I think that is how we give them the maximum, maximum punishment that we can: keep them in prison for all their days.”
Warren’s answer echoes a similar response by Bernie Sanders, who thinks those who commit “horrific” crimes should “spend the rest of their days” in prison. This position is widely accepted as the progressive stance on the death penalty: Nearly every person vying to be the Democratic presidential nominee agrees that life without parole should replace the death penalty.
But answers like Warren’s and Sanders’ represent a continua…

Iran: Executions in Bushehr, Bandar Abbas and Maragheh

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Iran Human Rights (IHR); November 16, 2019: A man was hanged at the central prison of the Southern Iranian city of Bushehr Wednesday.

According to HRANA, on the morning of Wednesday, November 13, prisoner Mohammad Hossein Soltani was hanged at Bushehr prison in southern Iran. 

He was arrested five years ago for murdering his sister’s husband. 

Out of the 110 people who were executed in the first half of 2019, 83 were sentenced to qisas (retribution in-kind) for murder.

There is a lack of a classification of murder by degree in Iran which results in issuing a death sentence for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Man Executed at Bandar Abbas Prison


Iran Human Rights (IHR); November 16, 2019: A man was hanged for murder at the southern Iranian city of Bandar Abbas Thursday.

According to IHR sources, on the early morning of Thursday, November 14, a man was hanged at the central prison of the Iranian city of Bandar Abbas. 

His identity was revealed by IHR sources as Salman Babanzadeh, 33, from the Iranian city of Ghorveh.

“He was sentenced to death for murdering his cousin four years ago. Salman’s family were trying to win the plaintiff’s consent but they failed,” a well-informed source told IHR. 

According to the Iranian Islamic Penal Code (IPC) murder is punishable by qisas which means “retribution in kind” or retaliation. 

In this way, the State effectively puts the responsibility of the death sentence for murder on the shoulders of the victim’s family. 

In qisas cases, the plaintiff has the possibility to forgive or demand diya (blood money). In many cases, the victim's family are encouraged to put the rope is around the prisoner's neck and even carry out the actual execution by pulling off the chair the prisoner is standing on.

Out of the 110 people who were executed in the first half of 2019, 83 were sentenced to qisas (retribution in-kind) for murder.

Man Hanged at Maragheh Prison


Iran Human Rights (IHR); November 16, 2019: A man has been executed for rape charges earlier this year.

According to HRANA, at a time between the end of April and beginning of May, a prisoner was hanged in Maragheh prison. 

His identity was revealed as Vahid Nedamat, 21, from the Iranian city of Maragheh. Neither Iranian authorities nor media announced his execution. 

IHR reported earlier about the execution of a prisoner in Maragheh. 

It seems Vahid Nedamat is the same unidentified person.

Out of the 110 people who were executed in the first half of 2019, 83 were sentenced to qisas (retribution in-kind) for murder.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Staff, November 16, 2019


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