Amnesty: Iran Has Executed 40 People So Far This Year

Amnesty International alarmed at reported spike in executions, mostly for alleged drug offenses

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Iran has carried out 40 executions since the start of 2014, according to Amnesty International, with at least 33 taking place in the last week.

The human-rights organization released a statement Thursday detailing 21 executions acknowledged by Iranian officials, and another 19 that were “reported through reliable sources.” Public hangings in Iran are typically a show of force: a crane is used to lift the person by a noose tied around their neck in front of a crowd.

“The spike in the number of executions carried out so far this month in Iran is alarming,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty’s deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa. “The Iranian authorities’ attempts to change their international image are meaningless if at the same time executions continue to increase.”

Alleged drug offenses are thought to be the root cause of most of Iran’s executions, but Amnesty says those types of non-lethal crimes don’t warrant the death penalty. The group called on Iran to end the practice and reform its Revolutionary Court trials, frequently held behind closed doors.

64 comments
Sean Delaney
Sean Delaney

These are executions--killings by the state. If you included ordinary murders in Iran by the common populace and compared the ratios of killings to the population, Iran would definitely outpace the US.

Sean Delaney
Sean Delaney

Yeah, let's negotiate with these people.

Sourena Shahie
Sourena Shahie

hi.im iranian and I respect for your idea.but I offer you research more than this about my country.come near if you want to know.thank you.

Diana Clare Davis
Diana Clare Davis

they are the lucky ones ..the remaining people have to survive living in that hideous primitive and ignorant country

sxs0214
sxs0214

There is no country in the world that fights with drug trafficking with vengeance like Iran does. Drug traffickers know that if they get caught alive they will be hanged. They still do it and get hanged.

Elias Sepehrian
Elias Sepehrian

The goverment republic of islamic like dogs.down islam...only IRan non islam...only shah of kourosh

Gordon Perkins
Gordon Perkins

Somewhere someone in Texas is try to find a way to beat them....

Joshua Lavian
Joshua Lavian

Would that be the same UN that put Syria at the head of its Security Council? Do I need to explain to you why that's absolutely insane?

JacobAviCohen
JacobAviCohen

Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism.  Iran is a rogue state.  Iran is an axis of evil.  There is no doubt that Iran is a barbaric place.  That is why Iran executes its citizens as if they were pigs going to the slaughter house.  

jcq707
jcq707

I guess Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio is also outsourcing to Iran !!

David Asadi
David Asadi

Not like us civilised folk reading our newspapers hey? lol quiet down mate.

Ted Copeland
Ted Copeland

BS, you're just mad because it's effective, we need to use more drone strikes

EarnestLeeBeauvine
EarnestLeeBeauvine

Iran is just jealous they can't execute as many people as Texas...YEEHAW!

Mutia Ozen
Mutia Ozen

personally, I dont care about countries own domestic rules and laws. why should I care?

Mutia Ozen
Mutia Ozen

how many people executed for different reasons in US last year ? and do you think Iranians care about that numbers?? and why should they care?

TaTa Tami Holloway
TaTa Tami Holloway

And how many have the Saudis executed? Oh wait, this is about presenting Time's point of view not a news item.

Casey Tanner
Casey Tanner

good question, US will do nothing, or something and it has nothing to do with US citizens

Dale Hall
Dale Hall

I'm sure that Texas will catch up soon.

Sean Nissen
Sean Nissen

Kinda funny how people seem to think execution of a countries own citizens means the same thing has war causalities

Sean Nissen
Sean Nissen

It still happens though a lot of the time it's kind of hush hush. But yes they are very strict about drug usage too

Amy Nader
Amy Nader

Someone needs to execute that government !

Sean Nissen
Sean Nissen

Probably none so far. Death penalty might as well not exist here. Note this is executions of own citizens not casualities of wars

Joshua Lavian
Joshua Lavian

While we're telling people not to so things, don't bring the UN into this please. This is the same body that had Syria as the head of its security council, for gods sake. I hope I don't need to explain to you why that's absolutely insane.

Kevin Crosby
Kevin Crosby

Meanwhile in the land of the free, how many rapists were just released?

Katie Senhaji
Katie Senhaji

Don't compare Iran to Israel please, Israel has broke 65 U.N resolutions with no consequences. Iraq broke two and got invaded, bombed and destroyed.

Joshua Lavian
Joshua Lavian

@dinael - my family lived there (and got the hell out, thankfully). I know all about their atrocious human rights abuses. I don't need to read this specific article.

James Kaseke
James Kaseke

Well considering the USA averages around 35 murders a day, I think I know which country has a bigger problem.

Barb Cortez
Barb Cortez

The death penalty is beastly no matter who does it.

jerry48
jerry48

" hideous primitive and ignorant country "

who are you to judge them ? if you are from the country where people own guns and rifles and kids get shot at schools, where there are are 33 000 gangs with 1.4 million gang members ruling the streets, where there are white supremacist groups, aryan nation groups, the KKK, the Westboro baptist Church, the country with the biggest prison population in the world, etc... Sorry but I wouldn't call that country Heaven !

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/vc_majorthefts/gangs

Have a good day ! end of story !

aztecian
aztecian

@jcq707oh yes...if people only knew the half of what goes on in maricopa...

sxs0214
sxs0214

And save the drug traffickers?