Three Inmates Executed in Rajai Shahr Prison

Three inmates were executed on May 10, 2023, in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj. Two of the individuals had been convicted of murder, while the third had been convicted of rape. Their identities have not been disclosed.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on May 10, 2023, quoting Rokna, three inmates were executed in Rajai Shahr Prison.

One of the inmates was reportedly convicted of murder three years ago, while the second was involved in a fatal group fight in southern Tehran eight years ago. The third had previously been convicted of rape.

Yesterday, HRANA reported that death-row inmates in Rajai Shahr Prison had been relocated to solitary confinement, often an indication of imminent execution. This recent surge in executions is alarming, as at least 57 prisoners, including two women and two prisoners of conscience, have been executed in various Iranian prisons over the past eleven days.

UN Human Rights Chief Volker Türk has described this surge as “frightening” and urged Iranian authorities to halt all executions.”

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.