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 | Four Inmates Executed in Mashhad

Iran Human Rights (IHR); March 16, 2021: Four prisoners sentenced to death on charges of rape, have been executed in Mashhad Central Prison.

According to Fars News Agency who quoted the Public Relations and Communications of the Khorasan Razavi judiciary, four prisoners were executed in Mashhad Central Prison on the morning of March 15. 

The four men were sentenced to death on charges of “kidnapping and rape and threatening violence and rape.”

Their identities were announced as Ruhollah Javidi-Rad, Mohammad Sayadi Baghsangani, Mohammad Hosseini and Mohammad Vatandoust.

They were accused of raping a woman in the Sefid Sang Fariman mountain region. 

Their hasty executions raise questions about the due process and their right to a fair trial.

In cases involving rape, the likelihood of defendants being tortured to force a confession and issuing the death sentence based on the false confession, is very high.

Iran is one of the few remaining countries to issue the death penalty for rape.

Source:  iranhr.net, Staff, March 16, 2021

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