1 March is the day to campaign globally against death penalty.   There was a march and rally in Brussels (Belgium) on 1 March in which hundreds of people participated.

Courts in Islamic Republic of Iran continued to imposed death sentences and executions were carried out after unfair trials, some in public.

There was a drop in the number of drug related executions following amendments to the anti-narcotics law.

A number of individuals who were under 18 at the time of the crime of which they were convicted were executed and many others remained on death row.

The Islamic Penal Code continued to provide for stoning as a method of execution.

The death penalty was maintained for some consensual same-sex sexual conduct, as well as for vaguely worded offences such as “insulting the Prophet”, “enmity against God” and “spreading corruption on earth”.

The authorities arrested individuals whom they described as “financially corrupt” and “saboteurs of the economy”. Many were convicted before newly established special courts dealing with crimes involving financial corruption and sentenced to death, lengthy prison terms, and flogging. Defendants were denied access to lawyers of their own choosing, had no right to appeal against prison sentences, and were given only 10 days within which to appeal death sentences.

In June, Mohammad Salas, from the Gonabadi Dervish minority, was executed after an unfair trial for the murder of three police officers during a protest in February. The sole evidence was a “confession” he said he made under torture.

In September, Kurdish prisoners Zaniar Moradi, Loghman Moradi and Ramin Hossein Panahi were executed in Raja’i Shahr prison, Karaj, after unfair trials. All three were denied access to their lawyers after arrest and said they were tortured into making “confessions”.

Posted by Ali Samad on Friday, March 1, 2019

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