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Trump's last days in office marred by disregard for human life. Death penalty just another example.

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Trump reinstated federal executions after nearly 20 years, with two slated for this week. When will the U.S. drop the practice and join other Western nations? If there's one thing that has defined the final days of the Trump administration, it's the lack of regard for human life. We saw that play out Wednesday after President Donald Trump incited rioters to bust through the U.S. Capitol and hunt down members of Congress.  Inciting a violent assault on the Capitol also displayed a disregard for democracy and the rule of law. This was the tragic finale of four years of failed federal leadership, and far from the only instance where the president’s disdain for human life has been demonstrated. His abject failure to provide the leadership necessary to deal effectively with the COVID-19 pandemic is beyond dispute, with the consequence being that the daily death count from COVID-19 has now surpassed that of 9/11. In the face of these unfolding tragedies, and at a time when the Trump

Iran | Prisoner Executed at Isfahan Prison

Iran Human Rights (IHR); September 11, 2020: A prisoner sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder has been executed at Isfahan Central Prison.

According to Iran Human Rights, a prisoner was executed at Isfahan Central Prison on the morning of 7 September. 

The identity of the prisoner has been established as Fath-Ali Behvand from the village of Doroud.

An informed source told IHR: “Fath-Ali has been in prison since 2014 on charges of murder. 

The victim’s family had given him three months to come up with the diyya (blood money), but Fath-Ali was unable to pay their desired amount and his sentence was carried out on Monday.”

At the time of publication, the execution of Fath-Ali Behvand has not been announced by domestic media or official sources in Iran.

According to Iran Human Rights’ annual report on the Death Penalty in Iran, at least 225 of the 280 of those executed in 2019 were charged with murder.

As there are no legal distinctions made between murder and manslaughter, whether voluntary or involuntary in Iran, those charged under the umbrella term of “premeditated murder” will receive the death penalty regardless of intent and the circumstances.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Staff, September 12, 2020


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