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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 | Inmate executed in Urmia

Iran Human Rights (IHR); March 14, 2021: A man sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, has been executed at Urmia Central Prison.

According to Iran Human Rights, a male prisoner was executed in Urmia Central Prison in the early hours of this morning, March 14. 

His identity has been established as 32 year-old Bukan native, Nasser Valizadeh, who was sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.

Nasser Valizadeh was transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution from Wards 1 and 2 of Urmia Central Prison.

At the time of writing, Nasser Valizadeh’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.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Staff, March 14, 2021


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