USA | The Dreadful Failure of Lethal Injection

Editor’s Note: This column is the product of a research collaboration with five Amherst College students, Mattea Denny, Nicolas Graber-Mitchell, Greene Ko, Rose Mroczka, and Lauren Pelosi. America’s death penalty continues to fall out of favor, a well-known fact. When the year started, eight executions were scheduled for February and March in five different states. But all of them are now on hold, and two of the three executions that were set for April already have been halted. While advocacy for the end of the death penalty has played some role, it is the decomposition of the lethal injection paradigm that has truly driven down execution numbers. We have now seen a decade of chaos and experimentation as death penalty jurisdictions tried to find reliable sources of drugs to carry out executions. States rolled out new drugs, but things did not go smoothly. The number of mishaps associated with lethal injection increased substantially. From 2010-2020, an already problematic method of ex

Iran | Ahwazi Arab political prisoner tortured and executed in southwest Iran

Iranian authorities executed a political prisoner from Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority.

Political prisoners, Jasem Heydari, was executed along with three other prisoners on Sunday February 28.

Jasem Heydari was convicted of “armed insurrection” (baghi) by a Revolutionary Court in Ahvaz and sentenced to death in connection with his alleged collaboration with groups opposed to the Iranian regime.

The Supreme Court upheld the verdict in November 2020.

Following his arrest in December 2017, he was held for months in solitary confinement without access to his family or lawyer and subjected to torture and other ill-treatment.

Jasem Heydari was a refugee in Austria before his arrest, but after returning to the country, he was arrested in Tehran and transferred to Evin Prison.

Intelligence agents subjected him to physical and psychological torture in order to force him to make ‘forced confessions’.

To put more pressure on the political prisoner, the Ahvaz Intelligence Ministry agents arrested his 50-year-old mother, Marzieh Heydari, on March 11, 2018. Ms. Heidari was transferred to Sepidar Prison in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, and later released on bail.

Jasem Heydari and four other Arab prisoners Ali Khasraji, Hossein Seilavi, Ali Motiri, and Ali Mojaddam sewed their lips and started a hunger strike on January 23, 2021, in protest at their prison conditions, denial of family visits, and the ongoing threat of execution.

Ahwazi Arab prisoner Ali Motairi was executed while on hunger strike on January 28, 2021. According to Amnesty International he was also sentenced to death despite serious due process violations, including allegations of torture and forced “confessions”.

The clerical regime seeks to prevent escalation of popular protests by these executions, extensive arbitrary arrests, and other repressive measures.

Iran HRM once again calls on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Council and other institutions defending human rights to take urgent action to save the lives of Iranian prisoners on death row. The Iranian regime’s dossier of human rights violations must be referred to the UN Security Council. The leaders and officials of the clerical regime in Iran must face justice for four decades of committing crimes against humanity.

Source: iran-hrm.com, Staff, March 1, 2021

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