By Armin Baldwin
For a country like Iran, the International Day Against the Death Penalty means a lot. Executions were always used in Iran to crackdown political opponents during the Shah time. But after the revolution, when ayatollahs took power, execution of many political opponents was justified under the label of Moharebeh (war against God and the state).
In 2003, 10 October is the day to advocate for the abolition of the death penalty and to raise awareness of the conditions and the circumstances which affect prisoners with death sentences. This day is organized and supported by World Coalition Against the Death Penalty and numerous, including Amnesty International.