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Human Rights Groups Denounce Iran’s Rising Execution Rate

Tuesday 12 July 2011

The human rights groups Amnesty International, Iran Human Rights, and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran are all speaking out against the sharply rising execution rate in Iran. Using numbers released by the Iranian government in addition to executions that they say are being conducted in secret, these groups claim that Iran has executed an average of 2 people a day in the first six months of 2011.

These shocking statistics are based on the supposition that Iran is stepping up clandestine executions in the provinces. Although Iran acknowledges having executed 190 people this year, the human rights organizations estimate that anywhere from 130 to 200 executions were not reported. According to the human rights groups, Iran is using the executions to keep a lid on popular discontent as the country nears the second anniversary of the disputed 2009 election.

“The sharp rise of executions in Iran is a clear message that the state has no hesitation in using violence and applying it,” said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the ICHRI, ”no matter how arbitrarily, in holding on to power.”

The Iranian government claims that the executions are related to drug trafficking. But according to the Guardian, at least two political activists have been executed since the beginning of the year. Kurdish activists are also said to be among the unreported deaths.

Earlier this year, the head of human rights for the United Nations expressed her discontent with Iran’s use of the death penalty. ”We have urged Iran, time and again, to halt executions,” said U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, according to CNN. “I am very dismayed that instead of heeding our calls, the Iranian authorities appear to have stepped up the use of the death penalty.”

According to Amnesty International, Iran is second only to China in its use of capital punishment. Furthermore, the human rights groups’ allegations are serious, even if their numbers may not match. Iran’s execution rate is too high, even without the “secret” executions which seem to be happening across the country. If the government is indeed using executions to curb discontent, it’s hard to know how long the strategy will last before the country erupts, once again, into violence.

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