Rights Groups Express Worry Over “Horrifying Wave” Of Executions In Iran

Human rights organizations said that Iran has hanged at least 251 people since the start of January till June 2022, calling it an “abhorrent assault” on the right of life.

The Washington-based Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran and London-based Amnesty International in a joint statement said that Iranian authorities have embarked on an “execution spree,” although the real number may be even higher.

“If executions continue at this horrifying pace, they will soon surpass the total of 314 executions recorded for the whole of 2021,” the groups warned.

Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, Diana Eltahawy said that during the first six months of 2022, the Iranian authorities executed at least one person a day on average.

“Iran’s staggering execution toll for the first half of this year has chilling echoes of 2015 when there was another shocking spike,” Eltahawy added.

Most 146 of those executed in 2022 had been convicted of murder, and executions carried out following grossly unfair trials. Another 86 were executed for drug-related offenses which, according to international law, should not incur the death penalty.

Executive Director of Abdorrahman Boroumand Center, Roya Boroumand said that the renewed surge in executions shows yet again just how out of step Iran is with the rest of the world.

144 countries in the world have rejected the death penalty in law or practice.

“The Iranian authorities must immediately establish an official moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty completely,” Boroumand added.


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