According to activists, Iran is one of the countries where the death penalty is used to its full extent. It intends to use the death sentence to curb the anti-hijab protest movement by instilling terror among the public.
Tehran: According to activists, Iran is one of the countries where the death penalty is used to its full extent. It intends to use the death sentence to curb the anti-hijab protest movement by instilling terror among the public.
Six executions related to the protests have already been confirmed by the judiciary, and according to official reports, at least 21 people are currently on trial; if charges are proved against them, then they will be hanged as well. According to rights organisations, Iran presently executes more people each year than any other country outside China.
Amnesty International estimates that Iran had executed at least 314 people in 2021; however, Iran Human Rights (IHR), a Norwegian organisation, claims the figure is already far higher at 482.
Campaigners warn that in addition to executing demonstrators on flimsy charges related to alleged rioting or assaults on security personnel during the demonstrations, the authorities also intend to increase the hangings of prisoners convicted of drug-related offences.
It also condemned a “chilling escalation in the use of the death penalty as a tool of political suppression and the systematic violation of fair trial rights in Iran,” as the strategy’s goal is to “instill terror among the public.”
The six criminals already given death sentences by the Iranian judiciary have been notably unidentified to prevent their names from becoming popular on social media.
They have all been convicted of “enmity against God” (“moharebeh”) or “corruption on earth” (“efsad-e fel arz”), sharia-related charges that are capital crimes in Iran.