In a world where many types of capital punishment are considered wrong, Iran’s capital punishment continues to hit an all time high with people everywhere as it causes major controversy, and is still something people continue to fight against. The most recent hanging of a woman who claimed self defense has aggravated Iranian residents, human rights groups, and many citizens of other countries. As the capital punishment of hanging has been around in Iran for a long time, the way that the country goes about it seems to be a bit lenient.
On Saturday in Tehran a woman named Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed after trial for killing a man in self defense. She claimed that the man, a doctor and former intelligence agent, was trying to rape her when she attacked and killed him. Though the court stated that the evidence proved that Jabbari had planned to kill the man, as she stabbed him in the back after buying a knife two days earlier. She was sentenced to be hanged but the issue raised much concern, pulling in governments of other countries such as Germany, the United States, Britain and other European countries, who ordered the Iranian government to stop the execution as they worked to prove that the trial against the woman was fair. However, despite negations from these countries, as well as human rights groups, the Iranian government executed Jabbari by hanging.
As hanging is the form of capital punishment in the country, it has always received disapproval from other countries and human rights groups. Though hanging has previously been a form of punishment for crimes in the countries who object, such as the United States and Britain, the trials were almost always considered fair and the executions considered quick and painless. However, in Iran many executions seem to come after unfair trials, with bias, and public condemnation. The most recent sentencing of Jabbari for hanging, disgruntled human rights groups because they called it injustice to women, which Iranians have been accused of many times before. The most recent sentencing also caused quite an uproar of international complaint, as well as nationally among residents. Though the country’s executions have always had a tendency to do that.
The capital punishment there still causes a major controversy because most others, who are not involved in the Iranian government, see the executions as unjust. The country has a reputation for hanging those who are innocent, have killed in self defense, or have simply angered the government though no actual crime was committed. While these rumors are speculation, as some who have been executed may have actually committed the crimes they were accused of, it always seems that when someone in Iran in sentenced to execution, residents, rights groups, and other countries start crying injustice.
Perhaps it is because they are the second leading country in the number of executions (though they may have moved up to first now with the number of executions they have been performing just in the year 2014). At any given time someone could be roaming around Iranian cities and see dead bodies hanging off the backs of cranes. These bodies, many of them, are simply executed for crimes against the government. In addition, it has been said that Iran does not often hang just one body at a time. Human rights groups have also had a field day with the rumors that Iran hangs men just for being gay, something that came about when two men were hung together, as residents claimed that they had been convicted of sodomy. A riot in the country has also broke out many times as victims scream of their innocence before their executions, leaving many residents to protest.
These images just do not paint a “just” picture and with all of the rumors that go around about the reasons why Iranians are hung, it is no wonder why people question the capital punishment there. Many say the form of punishment just seems to be a grim way for Iran to unfairly accuse and execute whoever they want. The hangings may be justified, but if they continue adding to the numbers of execution that seem to be just putting themselves in the spotlight, over their form of capital punishment, the major controversy may just continue.
By Crystal Boulware