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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 on Drug Charges in Birjand

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); October 12, 2021: Omid Sarani who was sentenced to death on drug-related charges has been executed in Birjand Central Prison. 

At least 84 prisoners, including a woman, have been executed on drug-related charges in Iranian prisons in 2021.

According to the Baluch Activists Campaign, a Baluch man was executed in Birjand Central Prison on the morning of October 11. 

His identity has been reported as Zabol-native, Omid Sarani, who was sentenced to death on drug-related charges.

Omid Sarani is reported to have been in the military and arrested on carrying 30 kilograms of methamphetamine while crossing the Sahelabad Nehbandan checkpoint.

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

According to Iran Human Rights’ Annual Report on the Death Penalty in Iran, at least 25 people were executed on drug-related charges in 2020. 

However, at least 84 people have so far been executed on the same charge in 2021.

On May 3, IHR published a report on the death penalty in the first four months of 2021 expressing concern at the significant increase in the number of drug-related executions and continues to warn of the continuation of this trend.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Staff, October 12, 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