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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 | Man Executed for Rape in Karaj Central Prison

Iran Human Rights (IHR); October 1, 2021: Farhad Salehi-Jabehdar who was sentenced to death on rape charges, has been executed in Karaj Central Prison.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Karaj Central Prison on September 29. 

His identity has been established as 30-year-old Farhad Salehi-Jabehdar and he was sentenced to death on rape charges.

At the time of writing, his execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

The Islamic Penal Code sets the death penalty for rape charges. 

At least 12 were executed on rape charges in 2020. 

In 2019, at least 16 people and in 2018, at least 23 people were executed on rape charges. 

In cases involving rape, the likelihood of defendants being tortured to force a confession is very high. 

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

Source: iranhr.net, Staff, October 1, 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