ISRAEL MATZAV - by Carl in Jerusalem
The pace of executions in Iran has increased, with 50 people executed during one week in May and 71 in a month.
Official news sources of the Islamic republic of Iran have reported that between May 1 and May 23rd at least 48 people were executed in Iran on charges of “drug trafficking” and “rape and sexual molestation.” Private sources speak of another 23 executions. In addition, an official news agency has reported that the case involving 9 members of a gang has been moved to the execution phase in the province of Gilan adding that 7 of the members are facing the death penalty.Read the whole thing. I sure hope that no one is expecting the Obama administration to do anything about this.
Details of execution of the death sentence in Iran are not regularly and completely published in Iran but even the official figures presented for the month of Ordibehesht (April 21 to May 21) and the first two days of Khordad (May 22 and 23rd) indicate that 27 people were executed during this period, demonstrating a significant rise in the death penalty compared to the previous month (of Farvardin).
The Iran Human Rights Organization (Sazemane Hoghooghe Bashar Iran) which tracks, registers and documents executions in the country issued a statement indicating its disbelief over the silence of the international community over the rise in executions in Iran and has called on the United Nations to review its relations with the Islamic republic and “end all relations with the Iranian regime.”
posted by Carl in Jerusalem @ 10:26 AM