Thursday, May 31, 2018

IRAN: Execution Trends - NEWS

IRAN Human Rights, May 29, 2018.

According to reports by IHR, at least 77 people, among them three juvenile offenders have been executed between January 1. and May 20, 2018. 

Four were hanged in public spaces. Of the reported executions 62 were sentenced to death for murder, seven for Moharebeh (being an “enemy of God”), seven for rape, and 1 for drug offenses. For comparison, it is reported that during the same period in 2017, at least 203 people were executed, 112 were executed for drug offenses. The significant reduction in the number of executions in 2018 seems to be due to a temporary halt in drug-related executions as the number of executions for murder charges were nearly the same as in 2017.