Execution Carried Out in Qazvin Prison for Drug Conviction

As confirmed by Iran Human Rights Organizations, Qazvin Prison authorities proceeded with the execution of an inmate on March 14, 2024, for drug-related offenses.

The individual, Behzad Biderang, 42 years old and a father of two, was hanged after being convicted of a drug-related crime two years prior.

No official sources or domestic media outlets within the country have provided coverage of this execution at the time of writing. In 2023, 66% of HRANA’s reports on executions lacked official announcements by judicial authorities and went unreported by media inside Iran, highlighting a troubling lack of transparency in due process.

The reports from the Department of Statistics and Publication of Human Rights Activists for the year 2023 reveal a concerning prevalence of executions for drug offenses in Iran, constituting 56.4% of the total executions. For a comprehensive examination of the details and statistics surrounding the executions in Iran, refer to HRANA’s report.