Since Monday, April 23, 15 people have been executed at the Shahroud,
Rejaishahr and Evin prisons in Iran.
The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that on April 25, 5
people convicted of drug charges were executed at Shahroud Prison. 4 of the
convicts were Afghan nationals and they were charged with “storing large
amounts of drugs.”
Their applications for pardon were processed in 2 stages and denied by the
On Tuesday, April 24, the website for the Human Rights and Democracy Activists
of Iran reported the mass execution of 8 prisoners at Rejaishahr Prison in
Karaj. One of the prisoners hanged in Karaj was also an Afghan national.
On April 24, another 2 prisoners, who had been transferred from Ghezel Hessar
Prison to solitary confinement at Evin, were hanged at Evin.
In an earlier report, human rights activists said 9 prisoners convicted of drug
charges were executed in Shiraz, Marvsadht, Semnan and Zanjan between April 15
Ahmad Shaheed, the special UN rapporteur on human rights in Iran, has expressed
concern over the growing number of executions in Iran since 2003.
In his report, he indicated there had been more than 400 executions in Iran in
2011 and he mentioned the possibility of unannounced executions. About 81 % of
the death penalties are reportedly for drug charges.
According to Amnesty International, Iran has the 2nd-highest rate of executions
in the world, surpassed only by China.
(source: Radio Zamaneh)