Executions and crackdowns continue unabated in IranPublished by International Liberty on April 19, 2015
Several prisoners have been executed en masse in the Iranian city of Karaj, with more slated for execution soon afterward, The Human Rights Activists News Agency reported.
Drug crimes reportedly account for the vast majority of executions in the Iran, holding the record for per-capita rate of execution in the world. The United Nations notes that drug crimes do not rise to the level of severity that allows a nation to justify capital punishment.
According to Human Rights orgnisations, the process of Iranian jurisprudence and the frequency of politically-motivated arrests in Iran make it difficult to be confident that all victims of mass-executions are guilty of their crimes. In fact the brother of one of the most recently executed Karaj inmates insists that his brother was neither a user nor a dealer of drugs and that he was essentially declared guilty by association.
HRANA reports that still more prisoners have been moved into solitary confinement in Karaj, generally a sign that their execution may be imminent. No more details are available thus far, so it is unclear how many more people are facing hanging and when this latest round of executions might stop.
Overall, the rate of executions has only increased throughout the country since the election of the supposedly ‘moderate’ president Hassan Rouhani. That same trend can be seen in escalating discrimination against minorities and women and in new state censorship measures.