Five Inmates Executed for Drug-Related Crimes in Urmia Prison

On May 18, 2024, five prisoners, including a woman, were executed at Urmia Prison in West Azerbaijan province for drug offenses.

HRANA reports the individuals executed are Parvin Mousavi, the female inmate, alongside Ramin Lavandpour, Parviz Ghasemi, Yousef Saeedi, and Mansour Naseri. Each had previously been sentenced to death on charges related to drug crimes.

No official sources or domestic media outlets within the country have provided coverage of these executions 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.