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"And you're told it's time to die": A Personal Contribution to the 2021 World Day Against the Death Penalty

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The following text is excerpted from  Death Row Diary , by William Van Poyck. William Van Poyck -- who maintained his innocence -- was executed by the state of Florida on June 12, 2013.  The 58-year-old, convicted of the 1987 murder of Glades Correctional Institution guard Fred Griffis outside a West Palm Beach doctor’s office, offered his views on everything from prison food to movies to the blood lust of politicians who support the death penalty via letters he posted online with the help of his sister.  After his conviction, Van Poyck, with a reform school education, authored three books, one of which won first-place honors in the memoir category in Writer’s Digest 2004 Self-Published Book Awards.  Locked up with what the courts have deemed the worst of the worst, Van Poyck opened the doors to a secret world few can imagine... The following piece is excerpted from William Van Poyck’s dispatches written during the last two years prior to his own execution. "Robert Waterhouse was

Iran | Four Men Secretly Executed in Shiraz Central Prison in September

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); October 10, 2021: Four men were secretly executed in Shiraz Central Prison in September. They had been sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, two men were secretly executed in Shiraz Central Prison on September 8. 

Their identities have been established as Meysam Atefifard and Hadi Razi.

Two more prisoners were also executed in the prison later in the month. Rasoul Akrami and Omid Keshtkar were executed on 21 and 22 September

At the time of writing, none of the four men’s executions have been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

According to Iran Human Rights’ Annual Report on the Death Penalty, at least 211 of the 267 people executed in 2020 were sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for "premeditated murder." One case of qassameh was recorded by IHR in 2020.

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 the intent and circumstances.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Staff, October 10, 2021


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"And you're told it's time to die": A Personal Contribution to the 2021 World Day Against the Death Penalty