The Advocates for Human Rights, in collaboration with the Aborrahman Boroumand Foundation and the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, submitted a report on the death penalty and rights of people with disabilities in Iran to the 17th Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for its review of Iran in March 2017.
The Iranian Criminal Code discriminates against individuals with psycho-social disabilities who are victims of crimes, violating their right to equality, non-discrimination, and to life. The Code also discriminates against crimes suspects who have psycho-social disabilities, violating their right to a fair trial and access to justice. A disproportionate number of people in Iran's penal system have psycho-social disabilities, yet Iranian prisons do not provide accommodations for these disabilities.
Judges in some Iranian provinces make use of amputation as a form of punishment for crimes. The government is secretive about amputation practices. Iranian authorities have performed amputations of fingers, hands, and feet, as well as chemical blinding as a form of punishment.
The authors of the report suggest the following recommendations:
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