October 10th, World Day Against the Death Penalty
October 10, marks the World Day against the Death Penalty.
Every day in Iran, people are executed by the state as punishment for a variety of crimes – sometimes for acts that should not be criminalized. Hundreds are hanged for non-violent drug offences. This day should involve Iranian regime who have not abolished the death penalty.
Iran has the highest rate of executions per capita in the world. From August 2013 to September 2017, the total number of executions during Rouhani’s tenure has reached 3,111 cases.
81 of those executed during Rouhani’s tenure have been women. 24 were under the age of 18 at the time of their arrest.
Nevertheless, the true figures are definitely higher as most executions in Iran are carried out in secret.
456 executions and counting in 2017. This includes 12 women and 4 juveniles at the time of their arrest.
238 people were executed in 2017 based on non-violent drug related charges. 2017 has so far witnessed 25 public executions.
A large number of defenseless prisoners are covertly executed in jails across the country and thousands of others are on death row.
Rouhani has specifically said these executions “are either based on God’s laws or legislations adopted by the parliament… and we are merely implementers.”
Executions, torture, stoning, amputating hands and feet, and gouging out eyes are institutionalized in Iran and literally legalized by this regime’s so-called laws. Executions in Iran have become means to crackdown on people’s freedoms and quell social protests.
We call on all human rights organizations and advocates to pressure the mullahs’ regime to bring an end to executions in Iran.
We want an Iran free of any executions
On October 10th, the Day Against the Death Penalty, Iran Human Rights Monitor publishes a detailed list of all executions and counting during 2017.