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  • Updated: June 02, 2023

Amnesty International Exposes Sharp Increase In Drug-Related Executions In Iran

Amnesty International Exposes Sharp Increase In Drug-Related

Iranian refugees rally against executions in Iran. (EPA Photo)

Amnesty International has revealed a shocking increase in the number of executions for drug-related offences in Iran.

According to the report on Friday, Iranian authorities have carried out a staggering 173 executions in the first five months of this year alone.

This is a nearly threefold increase compared to the same period last year.

These drug-related executions accounted for two-thirds of all executions in Iran during the mentioned timeframe.

Amnesty International's deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa, Diana Eltahawy, denounced these actions as a violation of international law, emphasizing the lack of humanity and disregard for the right to life exhibited by Iranian authorities.

Not only have drug-related executions witnessed a significant surge, but the report also highlighted a substantial increase in executions for all crimes in Iran.

The total number of executions in 2023 has reached at least 282 individuals, nearly double the figure recorded at the beginning of June last year.


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