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Iran Executes Two Amid Death Penalty Surge

By Iran Wire

April 19, 2024

Credits @FFHR.CZ

Two people convicted of murder were executed at Ghezelhesar prison in Iran, as reported by a human rights organization.

HRANA, a human rights organization, has identified one of the executed inmates as Sadegh Tajik, an Afghan national, who had been convicted of murder.

Official Iranian media announced the execution of another inmate without specifying the location.

Additionally, five people convicted of drug-related offenses were executed at Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad on April 15, according to Haalvsh, a human rights news agency.

On April 11, Zanjan Prison in Iran executed Esmaeil Hosniani, 29, and his wife, Marjan Hajizadeh, 19, according to the Iran Human Rights Organization.

In recent weeks, the sharp rise in executions in the country has sparked passionate calls from Iranian civil society to abolish the death penalty, with the hashtag #NoToExecution becoming increasingly popular among social media users.

According to the Iran Human Rights Organization's report, the Islamic Republic executed approximately 834 individuals last year.



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