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…

Trump gives ‘thumbs up’ in photo with PH police chief who used to head deadly drug war

Philippines’ police chief Ronald Dela Rosa and Donald Trump.
United States President Donald Trump was warned not to do the signature fist pump pose of President Rodrigo Duterte by human rights advocates, before going to Manila for this year’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

Critics warned Trump prior to the trip that the gesture has come to represent the brutalities of Duterte’s drug war, which has claimed thousands of lives.

Despite the warning, Trump seems to be hitting it off with Duterte quite well, telling reporters yesterday that the two have a “great relationship.”

So we’re not sure if he didn’t know — or didn’t care — that taking a picture giving a thumbs up to the cameras next to the Philippines’ police chief Ronald Dela Rosa practically sends almost the same message as Duterte’s fist pump.

Dela Rosa posted the meeting on his Facebook page this morning, although he did not specify when the meeting actually took place.

Dela Rosa became police chief when Duterte assumed the presidency last year and is known as the “architect” of the war on drugs.

According to Dela Rosa’s account, after he was introduced to Trump by the secret service agent, all Trump could say was “ooohh.”

Dela Rosa added, “and the rest of his statement is classified.”

Dela Rosa called the drug war project “Double Barrel.” His campaign against drugs has faced a mountain of abuse allegations since its implementation. It’s called “double barrel” because of the focus on both “high-level” drug targets (manufacturers, drug lords) and “low-level” street peddlers through “Oplan Tokhang.”

“Tokhang” is a blending of the Visayan words “toktok” (knock) and “hangyo” (plead), in which drug users and pushers are theoretically asked to surrender to local police, have their names listed, and are instructed not to do drugs or sell them again.

According to human rights investigators, many of the names on this list ended up becoming targets of vigilantes, or killed for “fighting back” in police-sanctioned anti-drug operations. Their estimates peg the number of drug war deaths at over 13,000, while the government attributes less than 6,300 deaths — including those killed in police operations and by masked vigilantes — to drugs.

This is why Duterte ordered the drug war suspended through a memorandum issued last month, which removed police from anti-drug operations and left the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as the sole agency responsible for combating illegal drugs.

Source: Coconuts Manila, November 14, 2017

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