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Organs of executed prisoners in Iran could be sold under new law

Organs of executed prisoners in Iran could be sold under new lawA new law in Iran could see the organs of convicts on death row pre-sold to buyers if the prisoners agree before their executions.  Reports suggested that under the new head of the Iranian judiciary, Ebrahim Raeesi, an article in the criminal justice laws has been included which says: "If a convict voluntarily offers his or her organ before or after execution and no medical obstacle is offered, then the judge can approve this in coordination with the ministry of justice and the coroners’ office." Iran’s Association of Surgeons has strongly condemned the move, describing it as “extremely worrying, damaging to our profession and the prestige of Iran in the eyes of the civilised world”. Professor Ali Jafarian of the liver transplant unit at Khomeini hospital in Tehran, who is also a member of the American Society of Transplantation, told the semi-official ISNA news agency that no specialist surgeon in Iran would be prepared to follow the law as “it is immoral and against all the values of our profession”. “Anyone sentenced to death would not be in a right frame of mind to ‘voluntarily’ offer their organs, unless they are forced to do so under immense pressure,” Dr Jafarian said. “Members of our association of surgeon will never abide by this law." There is a huge market in Iran for organ transplants due to the vast number of the country’s kidney, heart and liver patients. Thousands of people from Arab countries also visit Iran specifically for this purpose, spending millions of pounds at Iran’s private clinics.  It is legal to sell organs in Iran. According to Mrs. Katayoun Najafizadeh, the head of Iran’s Organ Donations Society, currently more than 25,000 Iranian patients are waiting to receive a transplant, but last year only 926 organs, mainly from victims of car crashes, were made available to the country’s specialist hospitals. The shortage has led to the emergence of an illicit market where many poor people openly advertise the sale of one of their kidneys to those in need for as little as £200.   The only country in the world that used the organs of executed prisoners in this way was China, which banned the practice in 2015, although reports suggest that organs continue to be harvested.



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AOC joins Bernie in backing voting rights for prisoners

AOC joins Bernie in backing voting rights for prisonersRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez backs 2020 candidate Bernie Sanders's support for prison voting rights.



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Rapper TI helps bail out 23 prisoners in time to spend Easter with their families

Rapper TI helps bail out 23 prisoners in time to spend Easter with their familiesRapper TI has helped bail out 23 prisoners who would have spent Easter behind bars.Seven women and 16 men, all non-violent prisoners and mostly first-time offenders, arrived home just in time for the holiday thanks to the Bail Out programme.Each inmate is to be connected to a mentor and given job training and funds for their children’s college savings in a bid to “stop the cycle”.The New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Georgia initially set out to raise $ 40,000 for the programme, in partnership with TI and American reality TV star Scrapp Deleon, but donations topped $ 120,000 (£92,400) a month later.Jamal Bryant, a senior pastor at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, said in an Instagram post on Saturday: “Today we @newbirthmbc are bailing out of prison those who are non violent offenders in 3 counties here in Georgia. “We raised 120k over lent to get it done exceeding initial goal of 40k. In addition we are Putting them in job training programs. “We opening college fund accounts for their children at citizens trust bank (black owned) to stop the cycle.”The New Birth church said the programme was “designed to give men and women a second chance”.The programme targeted people in DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Rockdale counties. Mr Bryant said it was a way for the church to be more outspoken when it came to prison reform.TI, whose real name is Clifford Harris, is a Grammy-winning artist with multiple platinum-selling albums and singles.



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Tripoli forces take prisoners as EU demands Libya's Haftar to stop offensive

Tripoli forces take prisoners as EU demands Libya's Haftar to stop offensiveThe fighting between Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) and troops under the internationally-backed Tripoli government has killed at least 56 people and forced 8,000 to flee their homes in the city in the last week, the United Nations said. A Reuters reporter heard occasional heavy gunfire and explosions as the LNA faced off with forces of Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj’s government around a disused former international airport and the Ain Zara district. After sweeping up from the south, the LNA became bogged down in Tripoli’s southern suburbs 11 km (7 miles) from the city center.



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Trump calls for new focus on hiring former prisoners

Trump calls for new focus on hiring former prisonersWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday he wants to follow up on criminal justice reform with efforts that help federal inmates find jobs after they leave prison.



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Saudi to free 850 Indian prisoners from its jails: India government

Saudi to free 850 Indian prisoners from its jails: India governmentSaudi Arabia will release 850 Indians from its prisons after a request from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to New Delhi, India’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. Saudi jails hold the greatest number of Indians incarcerated in any country abroad. As of January 2019, 2,224 Indians were jailed in the kingdom for crimes including murder, kidnapping, bribery, cheating, and offences related to drugs and alcohol, according Indian Foreign Ministry figures.



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Syria regime and rebels swap prisoners, Turkey says

Syria regime and rebels swap prisoners, Turkey saysThe Syrian government and rebels swapped prisoners Saturday in a “first important step” in building trust between the warring sides under a Russia-Iran-Turkey-brokered peace process, Turkey’s foreign ministry said Saturday. “Certain individuals” were exchanged simultaneously in northwest of Syria, near the town of Al-Bab close to Aleppo, the ministry said, calling it a “pilot project”. While it did not give a precise figure of detainees involved, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on sources in Syria, said 10 prisoners from each side were exchanged.



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Rights advocates: Venezuela releases 20 political prisoners

Rights advocates: Venezuela releases 20 political prisonersCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan government freed 20 jailed activists Friday who opponents of the socialist administration considered political prisoners, human rights advocates said.



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North Korea Releases 3 American Political Prisoners In Advance Of Historic Summit

North Korea Releases 3 American Political Prisoners In Advance Of Historic SummitU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departed North Korea on Wednesday with



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North Korea Releases 3 American Political Prisoners In Advance Of Historic Summit

North Korea Releases 3 American Political Prisoners In Advance Of Historic SummitU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departed North Korea on Wednesday with



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