Amnesty Report on Iran’s Horrifying Execution Rate

According Amnesty’s recent report on Iran, the Iranian authorities are believed to have executed nearly 700 people only between 1 January and 15 July 2015.

Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Program, expressed Amnesty’s concern over Iran’s staggering execution toll since Hassan Rouhani, described as a “moderate” figure, assumed the presidency in 2013.

“Iran’s staggering execution toll for the first half of this year paints a sinister picture of the machinery of the state carrying out premeditated, judicially-sanctioned killings on a mass scale,” Boumedouha averred in a statement.

Furthermore, he pointed out that “If Iran’s authorities maintain this horrifying execution rate we are likely to see more than 1,000 state-sanctioned deaths by the year’s end.”

“The Iranian authorities should be ashamed of executing hundreds of people with complete disregard for the basic safeguards of due process,” he added.

It is important to remember that the unofficial figure is estimated to be much higher. It is also worth mentioning that a disproportionate number of prisoners to have been executed are Kurds.

Follow this link to read the report Amnesty International