Four Prisoners Executed for Rape in Iran
On Monday, the Norway-based Iranian Human Rights Organization reported that four prisoners sentenced to death for rape were executed in Recai Shahr Prison, located in the city of Kerec. Additionally, three others sentenced for drug-related crimes were executed in Kerec Gezel Hisar Prison.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, called attention to the high number of executions taking place in Iran this year. According to Turk’s statement, at least 209 people have been executed in Iran since the beginning of the year, a figure that he describes as a source of “worry.”
Apart from the high number of executions, Türk also called on the Iranian authorities to either abolish the death penalty or stop all executions.
The situation in Iran has garnered significant concern from human rights organizations and governments worldwide. The lack of transparency regarding executions, as well as the country’s high execution rate, has led to calls for change. There are also concerns about the use of the death penalty for non-violent crimes, such as drug offenses.
The recent executions emphasize the ongoing human rights violations in Iran. The international community continues to work toward better protection of human rights and the cessation of the use of the death penalty.