Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Iran Executes More Than 10 People Per Week – UN

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United Nations Human Rights Chief, Volker Turk, on Tuesday said that Iran has executed a ‘frighteningly’ high number of people this year, rising to more than 10 per week on average.

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According to AFP, at least 209 people were executed in the country since January 1, primarily for drug-related offences, but a United Nations statement said the actual number is likely much higher.

“On average so far this year, over ten people are put to death each week in Iran, making it one of the world’s highest executors,” said Turk.

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“At this rate, Iran is worryingly on the same track as last year when around 580 people were reportedly executed,” he added, calling this track record “abominable”.

Iran on Monday hanged two men on charges of spreading blasphemy on social media, prompting US condemnation and accusations from Amnesty International that the Islamic Republic has reached a “new low” in a spree of executions.

On Saturday, Iran executed Swedish-Iranian dissident Habib Chaab for “terrorism”, prompting sharp criticism from Sweden and the European Union.

The UN said at least 45 people, including 22 from the Baluch minority, were executed in the last 14 days alone. Most were executed for drug-related charges.

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“Imposing the death penalty for drug offences is incompatible with international human rights norms and standards,” said Turk.

“The Human Rights Committee… is clear on prohibiting the imposition of the death penalty for any but the ‘most serious crimes’ – crimes of extreme gravity, involving intentional killing. Drug offences do not meet this threshold.”

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