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Increase of 43% in Executions in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Bayan News – The new annual report of the United Nations shows that the trend of executions in 2023 in the Islamic Republic of Iran has increased by 43%.

Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, stated in this report that at least 834 people were executed in Iran in 2023, which shows a 43% increase compared to the previous year.

The new UN report on the human rights situation was presented at the 56th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

The report covers the period from August 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024, and was prepared based on reports from non-governmental organizations, media, and observations of UN human rights mechanisms.

The report states that the number of executions in Iran in 2022 was estimated to be at least 582.

According to the report, the UN Secretary-General remains concerned about the increasing application of the death penalty in the Islamic Republic for a wide range of crimes under Islamic penal law, including “hudud” crimes (such as murder and adultery), retribution, and discretionary crimes such as drug-related offenses.

Guterres added in the report that out of the total executions in 2023, at least 471 (56%) were related to drug-related crimes. This figure shows an 84% increase compared to the 256 reported executions for drug-related crimes in 2022.

The Secretary-General emphasized that 2023 had the highest rate of executions in Iran for drug-related crimes since 2015.

According to the UN chief, during the reporting period, “despite an overall decrease in the execution of child offenders, the death penalty continues to be applied at an alarming rate, including against child offenders.”

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