Iran: Annual report on the death penalty 2017

IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS (MARCH 13, 2018): The 10th annual report on the death penalty in Iran by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and ECPM shows that in 2017 at least 517 people were executed in the Islamic Republic of Iran. 
This number is comparable with the execution figures in 2016 and confirms the relative reduction in the use of the death penalty compared to the period between 2010 and 2015. 
Nevertheless, with an average of more than one execution every day and more than one execution per one million inhabitants in 2017, Iran remained the country with the highest number of executions per capita.
2017 Annual Report at a Glance:
At least 517 people were executed in 2017, an average of more than one execution per day111 executions (21%) were announced by official sources.Approximately 79% of all executions included in the 2017 report, i.e. 406 executions, were not announced by the authorities.At least 240 people (46% of all executions) were executed for murder charges - 98 more than in 2016.At le…

Kuwait ruler rejects death penalty for religious offences

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait’s Ameer, Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad al Sabah, has refused to sign a bill passed by parliament stipulating the death penalty for major religious offences, sources in the assembly said Wednesday.

The oil-rich Gulf state’s government has sent the bill back to parliament on Wednesday, sources said, indicating that it had been rejected by the Ameer.

The Ameer has the power to refuse bills passed by the elected parliament, but the assembly can override the rejection by passing the bill again with a two-thirds majority of the house membership of 49 MPs and 16 cabinet ministers.

The bill, passed by parliament last month, stipulates that Muslims who curse God, the Muslim holy book Quran, all prophets and the wives of Prophet Mohammed will be punished by death or life in jail.

The bill introduced two new articles to the Gulf state’s penal code specifically to stiffen penalties for such offences. Non-Muslims who commit the same offence face a jail term of not less than 10 years, according to the bill.

Defendants who repent in court will be spared the death penalty, but will get a jail sentence for five years and a fine of $36,000 or one of them, while repentance by those who repeat the crime is not acceptable, the bill says.

The move to harden penalties for religious crimes came after authorities in March arrested Shia tweeter Hamad al Naqi for allegedly cursing the Prophet Mohammed, his wife Aisha and some companions.

Naqi was on Monday sentenced by the lower court to 10 years in jail, according to his lawyer Khaled al Shatti who said he will challenge the term in the appeals court.

Kuwaiti courts have in the past several months jailed activists from both sects over religious offences.

Sectarian tensions have flared in Kuwait between the Sunni majority and Shias, who form about a third of the native population of 1.17 million, reflecting rising regional tensions between the two Islamic sects.

Offences including drug trafficking and murder earn the death penalty in Kuwait. However, the last execution was implemented in the Gulf country in May 2007.

Source: Agence France-Presse, June 6, 2012

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