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Amnesty, 251 executions in Iran in first six months of 2022

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The Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights and Amnesty International have announced that at least 251 people were executed in Iran in the first six months of 2022. At this rate, the two organizations warned, the total executions in 2021, 314, will soon be exceeded.
Most of the executions in the first half of 2022, 146, involved the crime of murder. As widely documented in the past, the death sentences were carried out at the end of seriously irregular trials.
At least 86 prisoners were executed for drug offenses for which the death penalty should not be imposed under international law.
“In the first six months of 2022, the Iranian authorities carried out on average at least one death sentence per day. This state death machine carries out an abominable assault on the right to life. We risk going back to 2015, when there was a ‘ another shocking wave of executions, “said Diana Eltahawy, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
“We call on Iran to immediately institute a moratorium on executions with a view to the complete abolition of the death penalty,” added Roya Boroumand, director general of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center, an Iranian human rights organization.
The data collected by the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center and Amnesty International were drawn from various sources: prisoners, family members of people executed, human rights defenders, journalists, human rights organizations, reports from state and state media independent. The real number is likely to be higher, given the secrecy surrounding the death penalty in Iran, both in terms of death sentences and executions.

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