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Nathan William Forrest was sentenced to 6 years non parole period for the manslaughter of Bailey James Constable. Nathan William Forrest struck Bailey across the head and body while he bathed him on the 1st of April 2011 in his home in Warren N.S.W, the actions Nathan William Forrest chose that night resulted in the death of this 4 year old boy we ask that an appeal be granted for the following reasons:
1: Nathan willingly injected a drug that gave him violent outbursts;
2: Nathan choose to bathe Bailey on the 1st of April 2011 knowing he was under the influence of amphetamines and agitated;
3: Nathan struck Bailey on the head and body more than once and as little as 4 times;
4: Nathan lied to medical professionals hampering resuscitation efforts;
5: Nathan showed no remorse after the fact, he was witnessed using drugs and alcohol while enjoying social events;
6: Nathan lied to police for the 5 weeks preceding Bailey's death hindering closure for family;
7: Nathan winked and smiled when handed the 6 year non parole period sentence he was openly over joyed with such a light sentence, this shows no remorse or potential for rehabilitation in such a short term as remorse for a crime would be where one would start;
8: Bailey was 4 years old not even 20kg when Nathan William Forrest beat him with such force he died from as stated in the autopsy "multiple injuries".
With today's technological advances in DNA testing and Forensic science, it is capable to rule a person 100% innocent of the crime.
This means, if anyone was sentenced today based on DNA testing, Forensic Science, and other circumstantial evidence, then it would be nearly impossible for an innocent inmate to get executed. Executing those who commit heinous acts of crime including murder and rape should not have a chance to live in prison where they might be able to murder or rape again.
Giving inmates life in prison without parole also runs the risks of them escaping from prison and causing terror on the streets. They have nothing to live for so why wouldn't they try escaping. Finally executing the death penalty would provide some sort of closure for the victim and their family because they wouldn't have to worry about the inmate ever again.
Death Penalty: 441 hanged to death since 1960, another 696 on death row as at 20/2/2011 358 persons were hanged between 1981 and 2005. As at December 2005,about 173 persons are on death row. Between 2000-2010, 9 persons were hanged for murder, 860 sentenced to death in Malaysia - on death row (as of 28/2/2012).
For more information about death penalty in Malaysia, visit the MADPET (Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture) Blog at http://madpet06.blogspot.com/
UPDATE Amnesty International 15 April 2013
5 Five ‘crimes’ that can get you killed
#DeathPenalty #Executions #CapitalPunishment #Iran
1. Consensual sexual relations outside marriage:
* In Iran at least 10 individuals, mainly women, remain on death row having been sentenced to stoning for the crime of “adultery while married”.
2. Trafficking drugs :
* Likewise, more than 70 per cent of all officially acknowledged executions in Iran in 2012 were for drug offences.
3. White-collar crimes :
* In Iran, four men were sentenced to death in July 2012 after conviction of corruption and “disrupting the country’s economic system” for their role in a massive bank fraud.
4. Opposing the government :
* In 2012, Iran’s Supreme Court upheld the death sentence imposed on Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani under charges of “enmity against God” for his alleged ties to a banned Iranian opposition group, the Peoples’ Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI). He was originally only sentenced to a prison term and his death sentence came after two re-trials.
5. Offending or abandoning religion :
* In Iran, web programmer Saeed Malekpour was sentenced to death in 2010 for “insulting and desecrating Islam” after a software package he had developed was used without his knowledge to post pornographic images online. His death sentence was reportedly suspended in December after he entered a plea in which he "repented" for his actions, a claim disputed by his family.
FULL REPORT HERE :
SOURCE : Amnesty International
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Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR urged the international community to show strong reaction to the executions in Iran.
He said: "The world must not get used to the executions in Iran. Most of the people executed in Iran haven’t been through fair trials and each of the executions must be condemned by the international community".
Reported Executions in Iran 2013 :
Iran Human Rights, May 20: Two prisoners were hanged in the prison of Hamadan (western Iran) today May 20.
Iran Human Rights, May 19: Two prisoners were hanged in Tehran’s Evin Prison early this morning.
Iran Human Rights, May 18: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Khoramabad (western Iran) today May 18
Iran Human Rights, May 16: A prisoner was hanged in public in Noshahr (northern Iran) today, reports Mehr, a state-run Iranian news agency.
Iran Human Rights, May 15: Three prisoners were hanged in the Rajai Shahr Prison of Karaj (west of Tehran) today.
Iran Human Rights, May 15: Seven prisoners were hanged in the central Prison of Rasht (Northern Iran) today.
Iran Human Rights, May 11: One prisoner was hanged in Kermanshah (western Iran) today.
Iran Human Rights, May 9: Four prisoners were hanged in Semnan Province (northern Iran) early this morning reported the Iranian state media.
Iran Human Rights, May 7: Three prisoners were hanged in the prison of Isfahan (Central Iran) early this morning, reported the Iranian state media.
Iran Human Rights, May 6: Three prisoners were hanged in the "Liberty Square" of Kermanshah (western Iran) today.
Iran Human Rights, May 6: Three prisoners were hanged in the "Liberty Square" of Kermanshah (western Iran) today.
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Iran Human Rights, May 2: Four prisoners were hanged in the prison of Arak (central Iran) today May 2, reported the Iranian state media.
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Iran Human Rights Tuesday 30 April 2013
Seven Prisoners Hanged in Iran-One Hanged in Public
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Hrana 28th April, 2013
2 prisoners are hanged in Waramin
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Iran Human Rights 24 April 2013
11 Prisoners Among Them 2 Women and 2 Afghan Citizens Were Executed in Iran
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Iran Human Rights, April 20: Four prisoners were hanged in the prison of Kerman (southeastern Iran) early this morning.
Iran Human Rights, April 17: Four prisoners were hanged in two different Iranian prisons today, Wednesday April 17.
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RFE / RL Seven men convicted of serious crimes have been hanged in Iran, according to local agency reports.
The semiofficial Mehr news agency reported on April 16 that the seven were hanged in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz -- four in public and three at the city’s Adel Abad prison.
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HRANA News Agency – 12th April, 2013
One prisoner has been hanged on March 10, 2013 in the Bandar Abbas prison.
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Iran Human Rights, March 6: Two prisoners were hanged publicly in North-western Iran.
HRANA News Agency – 16 prisoners hanged within last week across Iran.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), 12 prisoners were hanged in different cities of Iran during last week:
At least two prisoners convicted of drug trafficking were hanged in Yazd on Thursday, February 21, 2013.
One prisoner convicted of drug trafficking was hanged in Behbahan on Monday, February 25, 2013.
Three prisoners convicted of drug trafficking were hanged in Qazvin on Sunday, February 24, 2013.
Two prisoners convicted of drug trafficking were hanged in Sari and Kashan on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.
One prisoner convicted of drug trafficking was hanged in Semnan on Thursday, February 28, 2013.
Four prisoners convicted of rape were hanged in Gachsaran on Thursday, February 28, 2013.
A prisoner was hanged in Sari convicted of drug trafficking on Saturday, March 2, 2013.
Two prisoners convicted of murdering were hanged in Mianeh on Sunday, March 3, 2013.
Iran Human Rights, February 21: Three prisoners were hanged in the prison of Dizelabad in Kermanshah (western Iran) yesterday Wednesday February 20.
Iran Human Rights, February 20: One prisoner was hanged publicly in Arak (central Iran) today Wednesday February 20.
Iran Human Rights, February 19: Eight prisoners were hanged in Shiraz’s Adelabad Prison early this morning. According to the official website of the Iranian judiciary in the province of Fars, eight prisoners, among them one woman, were hanged this morning.
Iran Human Rights, February 18: According to reports from reliable sources in Iran, 12 prisoners are scheduled to be executed in Shiraz Prison (south of Iran) on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.
Iran Human Rights, February 17: Seven prisoners were hanged in the cities of Arak and Shiraz according to the official Iranian sources.
Iran Human Rights, February 13: One prisoner was publicly hanged in Tehran today.
Iran Human Rights, February 12: Two prisoners were hanged in Arak (South of Tehran) and one prisoner scheduled to be hanged publicly in Tehran tomorrow, reported the Iranian state media.
Iran Human Rights, February 6: Three prisoners were hanged in the prison of Isfahan reported the Iranian state media today.
Iran Human Rights, February 4: According to reports from reliable sources, Iranian authorities are executing in increasing numbers in Rajai Shahr Prison, west of Tehran.
Iran Human Rights, January 31: Five prisoners were executed in the prison of Kerman (Southeastern Iran) yesterday morning January 30., reported the state run Iranian media.
HRANA 29 JANUARY 2013
According to the reports by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Early this morning, five Balouch prisoners: Nazar Shahbakhsh-son of Allah Dad, Ne'matollah Shahbakhsh- son of Assad, Abdollah Shahbakhsh-son of Vali Mohammad, Abdorrahman SHahbakhsh-son of Youcef and Saleh Noti Zehi were executed in Kerman. They had been arrested five years ago. There is no information about their charges.
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Iran Human Rights, January 28: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Mianeh (northwestern Iran) reported the official Iranian news agency IRNA today
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Iran Human Rights, January 26: According to the official Iranian media a man was hanged in the public early this morning in Kerman (southeastern Iran).
Iran Human Rights, January 25, 2013 : One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Ilam yesterday morning reported the state run Iranian news agency Fars.
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Iran Human Rights, January 23: Three prisoners were hanged in Qazvin Prison (west of Tehran) today.
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Sunday 20 January 2013; Tehran Today: Two Men Were Hanged Publicly 35 Days AFter Being Arrested-
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Iran Human Rights, January 19: Two men were publicly hanged in Pakdasht (South of Tehran) yesterday morning reported the official Iranian media today.
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Iran Human Rights 16 January 2013;
Six prisoners were hanged in three different Iranian prisons, reported the official Iranian media today.
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Iran Human Rights, January 6: Two prisoners were hanged in the prison of Khomarabad (western Iran) reported the official news website of the Iranian police today.
Iran Human Rights, January 5: Two prisoners were hanged publicly in the town of Shahr-e-Kord (western Iran) early this morning, reported the Iranian state media.
Iran Human Rights, January 3: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Yasouj (southern Iran) yesterday January 2.
Reported Executions in Iran 2012:
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Iran Human Rights, December 29: Four prisoners were hanged in the prison of Yazd (Central Iran) early this morning Saturday December 29.
Iran Human Rights, December 27: Five prisoners were hanged publicly in southern Iran today December 27.
Iran Human Rights, December 27: An Afghan citizen was hanged in Dameghan (northern Iran) early this morning reported the Iranian state media.
HRANA News Agency – One prisoner convicted of drug trafficking was hanged in Sari Prison in presence of local Judiciary Authorities on Tuesday, December 25, 2012.
HRANA : Seven Prisoners Hanged in Isfahan, Iran
THURSDAY, 20 DECEMBER 2012
Iran Human Rights, December 17: One prisoner was hanged in Kashan (central Iran) today, reported the Iranian state media.
Iran Human Rights, December 10: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Semnan (northern Iran) early this morning.
Iran Human Rights, December 8: Three prisoners were hanged in the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan early this morning, reported the Iranian state media.
1 Woman And 3 Men Hanged In Western #Iran-
One Hanged Publicly :
Iran Human Rights Monday 3 December 2012
According to the official site of the Iranian judiciary in Kermanshah, one female and two male prisoners were hanged in the prison of Kermanshah, while a foruth prisoner was hanged publicly in the Azadi (Freedom) Square of Kermanshah Monday noon.
None of the prisoners were identified by name.
Iran Human Rights, November 17, 2012 : According to the reports from the Iranian state media two prisoners were hanged publicly the Iranian town of Darab (southern Iran) yesterday November 16.
Iran Human Rights, November 14, 2012 : Three prisoners were hanged publicly in Arak (central Iran) this morning, reported the Iranian state media today.
Iran Human Rights, November 13, 2012 : The Iranian state media has reported the hanging of two prisoners. The official website of the Iranian judiciary in the province of Fars (southern Iran) has reported the public hanging of one prisoner, identified as F. B., in the town of Neyriz (south of Shiraz) on November 12.
Iran Human Rights, November 12, 2012 : One prisoner was hanged in Ardebil (northwestern Iran) early this morning. According to the official website of the Iranian judiciary in Ardebil, a prisoner, whose name was not mentioned, was hanged early this morning in Ardebil Prison.
Iran Human Rights, November 11, 2012 : One prisoner was hanged in the Isfahan central prison early this morning, reported the Iranian state media
Iran Human Rights 8 November 2012, Prisoners Executed Today- 23 Executions In 2 Days- 9 Executions In Public
Iran Human rights, October 18: Two prisoners were hanged in the Shahroud Prison (northern Iran) early this morning. Thursday 18 October 2012
#IRAN Four Prisoners Were Hanged In North-Western Iran
Iran Human Rights Thursday 11 October 2012
#IRAN From October to October: 488 Executions , 333 on the Row
#CapitalPunishment #Executions #DeathPenalty
HRANA 10 OCTOBER 2012
According to a report by the HRA's Institute of Statistics and Publications, from 10th October 2011 until today, 488 people were executed in Iran. Meanwhile, 333 were sentenced to death and waiting for their executions.
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Iran Human Rights, October 7: Five prisoners were hanged in Shiraz (southern Iran) today reported the Iranian state media.
Iran Human Rights, October 2: Three Afghan prisoners were hanged in the prison of Tabas, eastern Iran, reported the Iranian state media today.
At least 14 men were executed in Iran, 18 in the row of execution within next days
FRIDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER 2012
Iran Human Rights, September 25: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Semnan reported the Iranian media today.
Iran Human Rights, September 23: One prisoner was hanged in public in the Northwestern Iranian province of Azarbaijan today.
Iran Human Rights, September 20: According to official and unofficial reports from Iran, at least six prisoners were executed in three different prisons today.
One man hanged in public today- Another man to be hanged in public Tomorrow
Monday 10 September 2012
11 Prisoners Hanged Today According to Unofficial Sources- One Afghan Citizen Among Those Executed
Saturday 8 September 2012
One prisoner was hanged in Western Iran
Tuesday 24 July 2012
Three prisoners hanged in Isfahan (Central Iran)
Sunday 22 July 2012
Two prisoners hanged in Iran today: One man was hanged publicly in Shiraz (southern Iran)
Thursday 19 July 2012
Iran Human Rights, July 18: Three prisoners were hanged in the prison of Qazvin, west of Tehran, yesterday morning July 17.
Three Prisoners Were Hanged in South-Eastern Iran
Monday 16 July 2012
Update : Three prisoners were hanged in Qazvin (west of Tehran) today 12 July 2012
A woman prisoner (Safieh Ghafoori) was hanged in Shiraz today 12 July 2012
Two prisoners were hanged in western Iran
12 July 2012
Death Sentences Issued to Five More Ahwazi Arabs
10 July 2012
Two prisoners were hanged in southeastern Iran today
10 July 2012
Statement Against the Execution of Four Ahwazi Arabs and the Death Penalty in Iran 9 July 2012
Four prisoners were hanged in Iran 9 July 2012
Two prisoners were hanged in southeastern Iran
4 July 2012
Four prisoners executed in Iran- One hanged publicly
2 July 2012
Two prisoners were hanged publicly in Iran this morning
28 June 2012
Two Iranians at imminent danger of execution for alcohol consumption 25 June 2012
Death row political prisoner Yunes Aghayan is awaiting justice 22 June 2012
IMAGES OF TEHRAN, JUNE 20: ONE OF THE MIDDLE-EAST’S MOST MODERN CITIES (STRONG IMAGES)
20 June 2012
FOUR PRISONERS HANGED PUBLICLY IN TEHRAN THIS MORNING 20 June 2012
UPDATE: 4 AHWAZI POLITICAL PRISONERS CONFIRMED EXECUTED 19 June 2012
3 AHWAZI POLITICAL PRISONERS EXECUTED THIS MORNING 18 June 2012
Two prisoners were hanged publicly in southern Iran this morning 11 June 2012
EIGHT PEOPLE AMONG THEM FIVE AHWAZI ARAB POLITICAL PRISONERS AND ONE WOMAN AT IMMINENT DANGER OF EXECUTION IN IRAN- INTERNATIONAL PROTESTS CAN SAVE THEM 10 June 2012
Two prisoners convicted of waging war against God hanged in southeastern Iran this morning 9 June 2012
Five prisoners hanged publicly in Shiraz (southern Iran) today 7 June 2012
At least 8 prisoners executed in Iran, one day after EU expressed concern about the alarming number of the executions-
At least 78 executions in May 2012 31 May 2012
One prisoner hanged publicly in southern Iran- His attorney says he was innocent 26 May 2012
One Prisoner Publicly Executed in Southwestern Iran — 59 Executions in 9 Days 25 May 2012
Three prisoners were executed in Iran today- 58 executions in 7 days in Iran 22 May 2012
18 NEW EXECUTIONS IN IRAN: 53 EXECUTIONS IN ONE WEEK- IHR URGES THE WORLD COMMUNITY TO REACT
21 May, by Iran Human Rights
26 PRISONERS EXECUTED IN IRAN: 10 OFFICIAL AND 16 UNOFFICIAL EXECUTIONS IN THREE PRISONS
17 May, by Iran Human Rights
One prisoner was hanged in western Iran today
16 May, by Iran Human Rights
A prisoner charged with espionage for Israel and killing an Iranian nuclear scientist, was hanged this morning
15 May, by Iran Human Rights
Ten prisoners were executed in Iran
7 May, by Iran Human Rights
Four prisoners were executed in northern
Iran today April 30.
30 April, by Iran Human Rights
13 prisoners, among them five Afghan citizens, were executed in Iran
26 April, by Iran Human Rights
Four prisoners executed in Iran: One hanged in public
19 April, by Iran Human Rights
Two prisoners executed today- 20 executions in the past eight days in Iran
17 April, by Iran Human Rights
Indiscriminate executions of the alleged drug traffickers continue in Iran: Eight prisoners executed in southern Iran- Tens of prisoners to be executed in northwestern Iran
16 April, by Iran Human Rights
10 PRISONERS WERE HANGED IN IRAN YESTERDAY AND TODAY
10 April, by Iran Human Rights
One prisoner was hanged in central Iran
4 April, by Iran Human Rights
Three prisoners were hanged in Qazvin yesterday- 18 executions in one week
14 March, by Iran Human Rights
Two men publicly hanged in Mashhad (northeastern Iran) this morning
13 March, by Iran Human Rights
13 prisoners executed in the past days- Five others to be hanged publicly in the coming days
11 March, by Iran Human Rights
ANNUAL REPORT ON THE DEATH PENALTY IN IRAN- AT LEAST 676 EXECUTIONS IN 2011
4 March, by Iran Human Rights
One prisoner was hanged in western Iran
15 February, by Iran Human Rights
Four prisoners were executed in Qom (south of Tehran)
8 February, by Iran Human Rights
One man was hanged publicly in Karaj (west of Tehran)
1 February, by Iran Human Rights
One prisoner was hanged in western Iran today
30 January, by Iran Human Rights
Two prisoners were executed in northern Iran today
29 January, by Iran Human Rights
One prisoner was hanged in western Iran
28 January, by Iran Human Rights
One man was hanged publicly in southeastern Iran
19 January, by Iran Human Rights
12 EXECUTIONS IN SHIRAZ (SOUTHERN IRAN) TODAY: FIVE EXECUTIONS IN PUBLIC AND SEVEN EXECUTIONS IN THE PRISON
15 January, by Iran Human Rights
Two prisoners were executed- 9 others to be executed in the coming days
13 January, by Iran Human Rights
One man was hanged publicly in western Iran- At least 40 executions in the first week of 2012
8 January, by Iran Human Rights
Five prisoners were hanged in western Iran
7 January, by Iran Human Rights
One prisoner was hanged in Varamin (west of Tehran)- 34 executions in five days
6 January, by Iran Human Rights
Eight prisoners executed in Iran- Three hanged publicly today
5 January, by Iran Human Rights
The new year begins with more executions in Iran
3 January, by Iran Human Rights
SOURCE : http://iranhr.net/spip.php?mot3
For too long the people of Canada have had to put up with murderers like Bernardo, Olsen, Williams, Picton and now Rafferty who are guilty of committing the most heinous and barbaric acts involved in murder and who are guilty beyond any question.
It is high time we brought back the death penalty to deal with this vicious type of criminal.
May 3, 2012--Branch 31 of the Supreme Court has sentenced Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani, a political prisoner incarcerated in Evin prison, to death.
On April 21, 2012, Branch 31 of the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of political prisoner Gholamreza Khosravi and forwarded the death sentence to the Enforcement Division.
According to human rights reports, on March 7, 2012, Khosravi’s case No. 9009980002013634, carrying a death sentence, was forwarded to Branch 31 of the Supreme Court. This sentence was upheld jointly by the head of the Brach Mr. Jafari & by a Mr. Tabatabaei.
This former 80′s political prisoner, was arrested in 2006 on charges of donating money to an opposition satellite TV station. In 2007, he was tried in a Court in Rafsanjan on charges of espionage and donating money to Mojahedin Khalgh Organization and was sentenced to three years in prison plus three years suspended sentence.
According to reports by the Human Rights and Democracy Activists, this sentence was objected to by the Intelligence Ministry and therefore it was changed to six years in prison.
Upon additional charges pressed by the Defense Ministry, the case of this political prisoner entered a new phase, and after a one year incarceration in Intelligence Ministry’s solitary confinement, he was transferred to the Defense Ministry’s prison 64.
After going through long periods of interrogations, he was put on trial in Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pirabbasi, on charges of Moharebeh (Enmity against God). Judge Pirabbasi ruled the charges beyond the scope of his court’s jurisdiction.
The ruling issued by Branch 26 was overturned by the Supreme Court, and the case was returned to the same court for retrial, which resulted in a death sentence issued in 2010.
This last verdict was also overturned by the Supreme Court and sent back to Branch 26 in November of 2011 for retrial, which ultimately resulted in a death sentence for the defendant.
It must be noted that Gholamreza Khosravi was incarcerated in solitary confinement in Ward 240 of Evin prison during this entire time, in addition to the solitary confinements in Kerman prison.
Many political and rights activists have in the past been executed after being falsely accused of having ties to the PMOI, also known as MEK or MKO.
In March, Amnesty International’s annual report on capital punishment listed Iran as a leading executioner in 2011. The organisation said it had received “credible reports of a large number of unconfirmed or even secret executions which would almost double the levels officially acknowledged” by Iranian authorities.
Please help to stop death penalty in the USA.
Reporters Without Borders: Arrested at Tehran Airport on 11 May 2008, Vahid Asghari, an Information Technology student in India, has been in "temporary detention" for close to four years. Yesterday, January 7, 2012, Vahid Asghari was sentenced to death by Branch 15 of Tehran Revolutionary Court with Judge Salavati presiding.
Ever since its creation by the Revolutionary Guards in March 2009, the Organized Crime Surveillance Center has played an active role in tracking down and arresting outspoken netizens.
Shortly after its creation, the center announced the dismantling of a “malevolent” online network in March 2009 and the arrests of several website moderators. Their photos and “confessions” were posted on the centre’s website, Gerdab (www.gerdab.ir), a few days later. They reportedly admitted to links with websites that criticized Islam and the government, and to their intention of “misleading” Iranian youth by publicizing porn sites. They also confessed to participating in a plot supported by the Americans and Israelis.
On 17 June 2009, two days after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection triggered a wave of street protests, the center issued a communiqué announcing that it had noted “several cases of websites and personal blogs posting articles inciting disturbances of public order and urging the population to rebel.”
Detainees have been subjected to long periods of solitary confinement and to torture to obtain confessions that are used in their trials. Asghari, a leading target of the “network dismantling” policy, is one of the victims of such abuses. Aged 24 and an ICT student in India, he was arrested on 11 May 2008 at Tehran airport for possessing several credit cards.
He was held in solitary confinement for seven month and was mistreated and tortured to make him confess to organizing a pornographic network that blasphemed Islam and criticized the government in order to pervert Iranian youth. And what was Asghari’s crime? Hosting websites, including the sites of government opponents.
“I was beaten with a stick for hours and hours while blindfolded and handcuffed,” he wrote in a letter to the president of the 15th chamber of the Revolutionary Court on 17 October 2009. “With a knife against my throat, I was threatened with death and rape. I and my family were insulted. I was forced to make a confession and sign it. They then videoed my confession and broadcast the video with the national television station’s complicity although I was legally presumed to be innocent.”
According to article 168 of the constitution, defendants prosecuted on political charges should be given public, jury trials but most of the trials have been held behind closed doors. Their lawyers are often sidelined and denied access to the case files and in some cases defendants were not told they had been tried and condemned. Asghari said in his letter: “I have never seen my lawyer and, even in court, I did not have the right to say hello to him.”
Asghari also wrote: “I was alleged to have received money from abroad as a result of Google advertising on the websites I hosted. I was accused of insulting the Shiite Imams and the Prophet because of their content. And I was forced to say that Hossein Derakhshan was an agent of both the Iranian ministry of intelligence and the CIA.”
UPDATE: On Saturday, February 11, 2012 imprisoned death row blogger Vahid Asghari was transferred to solitary confinement and under severe duress was coerced into making another false confession.
After the death sentence was handed down, agents from the Cyber Intelligence unit of the Revolutionary Court intimidated Vahid into taking part in the recent televised confession in exchange for a promise of a reduced sentencing and a transfer to the public ward of Evin prison.
I believe that to more effectively prevent violent crimes in the United States there should be a mandatory death penalty on any severe violent crime, such as murder, rape, child molestation, attempted murder and armed robbery.
I believe that this would not only solve our overcrowded jails, but also severely deter violent crime.
Children, are the last remaining angels on our planet. The inhumane monsters that abuse them, must be stopped.
The only way to stop the action of abuse, that goes beyond human imagination, is to fight the evil with evil: DEATH PENALTY in every corner of the earth.
HELP ME TO MAKE THIS REAL. NOTHING MATTERS, NOT EVEN EARTHQUAKES, before this action of stopping abuse....
A recent front page story of a violent criminal (Mark Garfield Moore aged 27) with 22 previous violent crimes was featured in the Toronto Sun. He has been charged with 54 offences including 4 first degree murder charges. He smiled as his charges were read.
This is happening in Canada far too often. He will likely receive a life sentence if found guilty. This is not justice. Prisons are not punishing. A prison should be a place so horrific the thought of going back is enough to prevent further offence. A person like this should be put to death.
Assad Taghizadeh, an Iranian park ranger employed by Iran's Department of Environment, was on duty enforcing the national law at Dena preserved Area when confronted a group of 5 armed Illegal hunters who had hunted a wild goat.
According to Mehr News Agency, Illegal hunters fired at the park rangers when they were chased. At which point, Assad fired back at them in self defence, using his licenced firearm, that resulted the death of one of the illegal hunters unintentionally.
Mr Taghizadeh was tried for manslaughter in 2007 and found guilty. He was consequently sentenced to Death Penalty and his sentence has been approved by Iran's supreme court which is feared to take place in early future.
According to RAHANA, lack of appropriate firearms and legal training for rangers by Iran's Department of Environment (Employer Liability) could have also contributed to death of the hunter.
Iran's Shria based penal code permits Retribution (Qesas) and this has been demanded by the victim's family however numerous attempts to seek their pardon of Mr Taghizadeh have rendered fruitless.
It is worth mentioning that in the last 30 years, 110 park and forest rangers were killed and 450 others were handicapped In Iran in the line of duty as stated by Iran's Research Institute of Forests and Ranges.
Mehr News Agency: http://www.mehrnews.com/fa/newsdetail.aspx?newsid=1165447
Research Institute of Forests & Ranges: http://rifr.blogfa.com/post-249.aspx
اسد تقی زاده محیط بان ایرانی در سال ۱۳۸۶ دریک درگیری با پنج شکارچی غیر قانونی مسلح در منطقه حفاظت شده دنا که یک کل وحشی را در ارتفاع سه هزار متری شکار کرده بودند، درگیر شد و پس از اینکه شکارچیان مسلح به سمت محیط بانانی که آنها را تعقیب می کردند شلیک کردند، در دفاع از خویش بسوی یک نفر از آنان شلیک نمود که متاسفانه منجر به فوت شکارچی گشت. این محیط بان به جرم قتل غیر عمد، محاکمه و حکم قصاص وی صادر شد که توسط دیوان عالی کشور نیز تایید شد .خطر اعدام وی در آینده نزدیک وجود دارد. با امضای این پتیشن خواهان توقف اعدام، تجدید نظر در پرونده و ابطال حکم غیر منصفانه و غیر انسانی اعدام هستیم.
The execution of Troy Davis has alerted many people around the world and in the U.S. to the crying injustice of the death penalty as a form of judicial punishment.
14. Save Troy Davis
Troy Davis has been on death row for about eighteen years now. However, there is a lack of evidence that he is guilty so he may well be innocent.
In this time, execution dates have been announced and changed. Often when the execution date is fixed, they will change it and tell him that he is not going to be executed.
However, his execution date has been fixed for 21/9/11 and he may be innocent!
In the past 32 years, the Iranian fascist regime has executed tens of thousands of Iranians--mostly prisoners of conscience and members of minority religious groups. We believe that no one is entitled to take another person's life. This motivated us to start a 10,000,000-signature campaign to abolish death penalty in Iran.
در طی سی و دو سال گذشته رژیم حاکم بر ایران به نام دین دهها هزار ایرانی را اعدام کرده است که اکثر آنان دگر اندیشان مذهبی و زندانیان سیاسی بوده اند. ما معتقدیم تنها خداوند است که جان میدهد و حق دارد جان بگیرد. این کمپین به منظور جمع آوری حد اقل ده میلیون (10000000) امضاء برای لغو قانون اعدام در ایران راه اندازی شده است. به ما بپیوندید
Violent crime in South Africa, as in many countries, has risen dramatically over a number of years.
We, the citizens of South Africa, request that a Referendum be held to gauge the Public opinion on the return of the Death Penalty for violent crime in our country.
Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, lawyer for Youcef Nadarkhani, a Protestant Christian pastor charged with apostasy, refuted reports by some media outlets that his client’s death sentence has been upheld. “Fortunately, on Tuesday, 27 June, Youcef Nadarkhani’s death sentence was overturned by the Supreme Court in Qom and it is on hold until Mr. Nadarkhani repents [i.e. renounces his Christianity]. But still, in this ruling it has been stipulated that in case Nadarkhani does not repent, his case file would once again be sent back to the lower court in Rasht. In a way, a complete overturning of the apostasy verdict depends on Nadarkhani’s repentance,” he told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
“Because apostasy is not mentioned in Iran’s penal code, and apostasy is not considered a crime, then the court has to consider Mr. Nadarkhani’s case in the context of [the crime] ’insulting the Prophet of Islam.’ In this respect, since my client has not made any insults, he can tell the same to the court. Anyhow, that is all in the future and has to do with my client’s explanation. I am hoping that the death sentence will never be confirmed,” said Mohammad Ali Dadkhah about his client’s repentance.
Previously, family members and associates of Nadarkhani told the Campaign that officials from the Judiciary and the Ministry of Intelligence tried to force the pastor to repent and renounce his Christian conversion. So far, Nadarkhani has maintained that he has never done anything against Islam and will not renounce his faith. “Pastor Youcef has not budged,” said a close associate of his from Rasht.
Youcef Nadarkhani is a 32-year old pastor who was born to Muslim parents. He converted to Christianity at the age of 19. Before his arrest in October 2009, Nadarkhani led a congregation of about 400 Christians in Rasht. The congregation is part of a nationwide evangelical group called the Church of Iran, many of whose members have been arrested and prosecuted since 2009. On 23 August 2010, Nadarkhani’s apostasy death sentence was upheld by Branch Eleven of the Appeals Court of Gilan Province. Nadarkhani is currently being held in Rasht Prison, where he was able to visit with his wife in March, after having not seen each other in a long time. Ever since he has once again been denied visitation with his family.
NOTE: Pastor Nadarkhani's lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, mentioned above, has himself been sentenced to nine years in prison for his work as a human rights lawyer. He is appealing this draconian sentence. Please also sign the petition calling for the overturn of this illegal sentence: http://t.co/t5W99kc
If the death penalty is carried out, it will be the first official hanging for apostasy and conversion to Christianity in the last twenty years.
On December 3, 1990, Pastor Hussein Sodmand was hanged in Mashhad Prison for refusing to give up his Christian faith. Pastor Sodmand is the only priest who has been officially executed by the Islamic Judiciary Branch for apostasy and conversion to Christianity.
It is 2011 and Australia is still in the dark ages when it comes to the sentencing of criminals, in particular those who commit sex crimes against children.
In a recent trial a judge in Victoria sentenced a woman who had incestual sex with her son for and allowing her husband to repeatedly molest her daughter for five years and three months and ordered she serve two years and three months before being eligible for parole.
This message shows the Australian public as well as the rest of the world that sex offences against children are not of much concern to our judicial system.
We need to call on the PM to bring back the death penalty and harsher sentencing for sex offenders.
Derryn Hinch is someone who put the safety of others ahead of his own self preservation he is now being handed a death sentence if sent to prison please do not let this happen voice your opinions...
This is the text of an open letter which we will be sending to a major medical journal or newspaper to try and get Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals to stop supplying US death rows with Pentobarbital for use in executions. To date, their stated position is that Lundbeck oppose the death penalty and it is too difficult to interrupt the supply chain. This is not true, as stated in the letter.
PLEASE only sign this letter if you are a medical professional. If you are NOT a medical professional, feel free to cut and paste the letter and send direct to Mr Wiinberg at Lundbeck via e-mail ASCH@Lundbeck.com
Ulf Wiinberg (c/o Anders Schroll: ASCH@Lundbeck.com)
H. Lundbeck A/S Ottiliavej 9
DK-2500 Copenhagen Valby
Our introductory sociology class at Truman State University is working on a project for social change. We have chosen capital punishment as our focus for change because our group feels that it is inhumane and against an individual's right to life.
Also, despite capital punishment being a hot topic for political debate, it is important to remind the public of factors playing into the death penalty that make it a dark stain upon our justice system.
Our reasons for fighting capital punishment are these:
1. It is an unnecessary strain on our economy. The greatest costs associated with the death penalty occur prior to and during trial, not in post-conviction proceedings. Even if all post-conviction proceedings (appeals) were abolished, the death penalty would still be more expensive than alternative sentences.
2. Racism and classism is prevalent in the sentencing to death row. Blacks accused of killing white victims were five times more likely to be charged with capital murder than blacks accused of killing black victims. Also, Defendants with public defenders or court-appointed attorneys --reflecting poverty level income--were 73% more likely to be sentenced to death by juries in capital trials than were defendants who paid for private attorneys.
I'm Michael Flinner #V-30064 a forty yr old Jewish White male, presently in San Quentin state Prison, San Quentin, CA. 94964. I am an inocent victom of the California justice system. I have a deticated family and a couple of volenteers who maintain the Death Row Inmate webpage, a anti-death penalty grass roots effort.
Please chk out this website. www.deathrowinmate.org and my family on twitter @ActivistFather @deathrowinmate
Both of these twitter authors are updated almost daily.
Since 1976, 1173 people (September 2009) have been executed in the USA. THe majority of these executions were by lethal injection. Most procedures require the use of three drugs: sodium thiopental; pancuronium bromide and potassium bromide.
Last year, the charity Reprieve found that the British company Dream Pharma were exporting sodium thiopental for use in executions. This eventually led to the buisness seretary banning the drugs export.
However there are no controls on the export of the other two drugs and there is growing evidence that companies may be planning to export these drugs to America.
It's time to stop the use of British drugs for executions which deny basic human rights and threaten to execute innocent individuals (over 100 people have been released from death rows across the USA since 1976)
Join the petition today... before we have an innocent man's blood on our hands.
Hadi Abedi Bakhoda is a political prisoner of the 1980s on charges of supporting the main Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). He was tortured and shot by the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), when arrested.
His spinal cord was damaged in such a way that he now cannot walk and is in a wheelchair since the incident. The shooting also damaged other organs including his kidneys and his bladder that had failed totally. Since then, he suffers from debilitating physical complications as a result of his injuries. Abedi Bakhoda's wife and Mehri Javan Mahjub (a former prisoner) were arrested and sent to Lakan Prison. His brother, Hormoz, was executed by the Iranian regime on similar charges.
Branch One of the Revolutionary Court condemned Hadi Abedi-Bakhoda for two years imprisonment in 2009 (he then was transferred to the Lakan prison in Rasht in Nov 2009) even if he was not capable of imprisonment due because of his severe physical infirmities. The coroner's office, prison clinic and other health institutes confirmed this fact at the time and also demanded his release but the Intelligence Ministry and the Revolutionary Court have never paid attention to his conditions, therefore, he was transferred to prison.
Hadi Abedi-Bakhoda is sent to hospital only when his conditions become very critical, but ultimately because of his fragile health, they are forced to give him sick-leave.
According to Human Rights Activists in Iran, on Monday May 23, 2011, the Revolutionary Court of Rasht (Branch One) summoned Hadi Abedi-Bakhoda to notify him that the lash ruling against him would have been carried out despite his health conditions (his bladder was not functioning properly and he was suffering from a severe kidney disorder) and did not even consider the fact that he was in a wheelchair: he then received 51 lashes for the alleged crime of not reporting to the Lakan prison in Rasht on time when he was hospitalized during a sick-leave.
With the Murder of Metro Toronto Police Sgt. Ryan Russell on Wednesday January 12, 2011 and the March 3, 2005 Murder of 4 RCMP Officers in Mayerthorpe, Alberta, it is well-past time to reinstate the Death Penalty in Canada for those convicted of Murder or Manslaughter of any on-duty Police Officer.
Zahra Baker was murdered and dismembered.
Zahra, who had bone cancer that forced her to use a prosthetic leg and hearing aids, was reported missing by her father and stepmother Oct. 9. They said she was last seen in her bed at their home in Hickory.
Zahra was born in Australia and moved to North Carolina about two years ago, after her father, Adam Baker, met his soon-to-be wife, Elisa Baker, online.
Zahra's friends and relatives in Giru, Australia, described her as an outgoing, happy girl despite the cancer, and said she didn't want to come to the U.S.
"Investigators, agents, officers and staff who worked on this case are devastated that we were not able to find Zahra alive and bring her home safely," said Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins.
We are urgently calling on the Iranian authorities to halt the imminent execution of Mohammad Reza Haddadi, who could face death by hanging any of these following days for a murder he allegedly committed when he was 15 years old.
Mohammad Reza Haddadi was sentenced to death in 2004 for the murder of Mohammad Bagher. He confessed the killing initially but during the trial he retracted it and said he’d made it because his two co-accused would have given his family money if he had done so. Mohammad then denied having taken part in the murder, and there are reports of his co-defendants supporting his claims of innocence and withdrawing their testimony implicating him in murder.
Mohammad Reza Haddadi’s family was told by judicial officials (04-07-2010) that they should arrange a last visit to their son before his execution already organized for the day after at Adelabad prison in the city of Shiraz.
Despite this, his death sentence was confirmed by Iran's Supreme Court in July 2005. Since then, his execution has been scheduled several times.
This repeated threat of imminent execution hanging over Mohammad Reza Haddadi, is no less than a form of torture. The threat of execution must be lifted now, once and for all.
Mohammad Reza Haddadi must not be executed for a murder that he is alleged to have committed when only 15 years old.
The execution of juvenile offenders is prohibited under international law, including Article 6(5) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Iran is a state party.
We aim to raise the issue of death penalty being used from around the world. From the age of 13 people are being killed for crimes.
From the lethal injection to stonings we need to stop this.
On March 7, 2009, the lives of four innocent people were taken by the hands of a deranged man. This did not only affect the lives of those four people, it affected the lives of many. Now there are several children without parents, brothers and sisters without siblings, moms and dads left anguished at the loss of their child, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grandparents, and friends all holding a huge void in their hearts all because Scott Abbott selfishly took the lives of Jerri Lynn Cole, Josh Gilleo, Nika Sandlin, and Chad Gilbert. October 4, 2010, began grand trial. After five days of deliberation, the jury rendered a verdict. Scott Abbott was GUILTY, but it was not until the following Monday that Scott was sentenced, by the jury, to life without parole.
On December 1, 2010, Judge Mac Parsons will make a final ruling. With this petition, we hope to gain many signatures by those who support death penalty, especially, for this case. Neither of the four deserved to die the way they did, it was gruesome and inhumane. Now that they are gone, they can no longer speak for themselves. Please help us be their voice by signing this petition in hopes that Judge Parsons will see that not only did this impact a few people, instead, this horrific crime has affected a community, a state, a nation, and a world of people.
We all recognize that society has the right and moral duty to protect the public good. If the death penalty truly protected us, then it could be justified. But, the fact of the matter is that it has been a gross failure. It has neither protected the innocent nor deterred the guilty. Indeed, it has cheapened human life and dignity.
Even if we can be certain that an individual subject to the death penalty is guilty to a moral certainty, as the late Governor of California, Edmund G. Brown, who had extensive experience with its implementation, in conducting prosecutions as California Attorney General, and in dispensing clemency as Governor, said “it is invoked too randomly, too irregularly, too unpredictably and too tardily to be defended as an effective example warning away wrongdoers.”
In the countries and states in which the death penalty has been abolished there has been no increase in the homicide rate, and, indeed, in comparison to some other states they seem somewhat lower. In point of fact, studies show that almost half of those executed had never suffered a prior felony conviction. I find myself in total agreement with Governor Brown: Not a single execution has ever halted the sale of a single gun or restrained a moment’s blind range.
Quite aside from the lack of deterrence value, there always looms the ugly possibility that innocent individuals may be condemned to death. No error made by a government can compare with the horror of executing an innocent person. This is no idle fear. Professor Scheck and his Innocence Project, and his invocation of DNA evidence in capital cases has shown that this has happened despite the good faith of our courts and juries.
In their classic study, Michael L. Radelet, Hugo Adam Bedau, and Constance E. Putnam recount in alarming detail the mistaken identities, perjured witnesses, overzealous prosecutions, and negligent police work that led to more than 400 people being erroneously convicted or capital or potentially capital crimes in this country between 1900 and 1991, before DNA testing became available.
We may have the best criminal justice system in the world, but there is no way to rectify a mistake once an individual is executed. A habeas corpus petition cannot be submitted from a grave. In short, there is no remedy and no way to eliminate the risk of error in our system except to abolish the death penalty.