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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 | Executions in Tabriz, Ardabil

Iran Human Rights (IHR); March 24, 2021: A prisoner named Asef Taghinejad who had been sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, was executed in Tabriz Central Prison in early March.

According to Hrana news agency, a man was executed in Tabriz Central Prison on the morning of March 8. 

His identity has been established as Asef Taghinejad, who was from the village of Aruq in East Azerbaijan Province, and had been sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.

Asef Taghinejad who had been behind bars on murder charges for 28 months, was executed without a last visit with his family in accordance with Iranian law.

At the time of writing, Asef Taghinejad’s execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

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.

Execution in Ardabil


Iran Human Rights (IHR); March 23, 2021: A prisoner named Hossein Akchin who had been sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, was executed in Ardabil Central Prison last week.

According to Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Ardabil Central Prison on March 14. 

He had been sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder and recently transferred to Ardabil Central Prison from Meshgin Shahr Prison for execution.

His identity has been established as Hossein Akchin, who was around 35 years-old. 

According to informed sources, he was arrested on murder charges about six years ago and had been in prison since.

At the time of writing, Hossein Akchin’s execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Staff, March 23-24, 2021


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