Eight inmates were recently executed in Karaj, Fereydunkenar, Minab and Bandar Abbas for murder and drug-related crimes.
According to HRANA (Human Rights Activists News Agency), two Afghan nationals who were found guilty of murder were executed on May 10, 2023, in Ghezel Hesar prison, Karaj. HRANA is working on identifying these individuals.
Furthermore, IRNA reported the execution of an inmate in Fereydunkenar, Mazandaran Province, on May 15, 2023. This inmate had previously been convicted of murder for the tragic suffocation of his wife and child using carbon monoxide.
According to the Tasnim News Agency, on the same day, May 15, five inmates were executed in Minab and Bandar Abbas prisons for their alleged involvement in drug smuggling.
This concerning surge in executions has become a cause for alarm in recent weeks. HRANA has obtained reports indicating that between April 28 and May 9, 2023, a minimum of 57 prisoners, including two women and two prisoners of conscience, have been executed in various prisons throughout Iran.
In 2022, the Department of Statistics and Publication of Human Rights Activists in Iran registered 457 reports related to the death penalty. This included 92 death sentences, including the conviction of 6 people to public execution and 565 execution sentences were carried out, 2 of which have been carried out in public. Based on the announced identifications of some of the executed individuals, 501 were male and 11 were female. In addition, 5 juvenile offenders were executed in 2022, meaning they were under the age of 18 at the time they committed the crime.