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Iran Executed Nearly 500 Drug Offenders Last Year

The Norwegian-based human rights group Iran Human Rights (IHR) has presented its annual report on the death penalty in the Islamic Republic and announce that at least 676 people were executed there last year. Of those, 480, or 71%, were executed for drug offenses, IHR said.

public mass execution in Iran, 2008 (ncr-iran.org)
The count of 676 executions was based on information reported by official Iranian news, other independent sources, or high-ranking officials in the Iranian judiciary. IHR said that the actual number of executions is "probably much higher" than that figure.

Of the 676 executions tallied by IHR, only 416, or 62%, were reported by official media or high-ranking officials. The group said some executions are not announced by state media, but lawyers and family members were notified prior to the execution. In other cases of "secret" executions, not even family and lawyers are notified. IHR left more than 70 additional reported executions off its tally because of difficulty in confirming details.

Drug offenses were far and away the most common death penalty charges. More than five times as many people were hung for drug crimes as for rape (13%) and more than 10 times as many as for murder (7%). Some 4% were executed for being "enemies of God," 1% for acts against chastity, and in 3% of the cases, no charge was made public.

Situated next door to Afghanistan, supplier of nearly 90% of the world's illicit opium and heroin, Iran has been waging a fierce "war on drugs" against smugglers and traffickers transiting the country on the way to European markets. But much of that opium and heroin is destined for Iran itself, which suffers one of the world's highest opiate addiction rates.

While China, the world's leading executioner state, may execute more drug offenders -- the numbers are hard to come by because China doesn't report them -- Iran leads the world in executions per capita, both for drug offenses and all offenses combined.

Last year, IHR helped launch the International Campaign Against the Death Penalty in Iran. More broadly, Harm Reduction International has an ongoing Death Penalty Project aimed at the 32 countries that have laws on the books allowing the death penalty for drug offenses. Opponents of the death penalty for drug offenses argue that such statutes violate UN human rights laws, which say the death penalty can be applied only for "the most serious crimes."

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crimes against humanity

These are crimes against humanity that we in the west are complicit in because we support and advocate these ridiculous laws.

That's what you'd expect from

That's what you'd expect from a country that's producing all the opium while building up the police state back at home under the excuse of demonizing pot smokers.

That's what you'd expect from

That's what you'd expect from a country that's producing all the opium while building up the police state back at home under the excuse of demonizing pot smokers.

The Afghan pipeline

Runs right through Iran.Pure Afghani heroin sells for $5000 a kilo.Iran has the biggest addiction problem in the world,worse,even than Russia.Countries that border Afghanistan will be very happy to see NATO and the US go,as opium harvesting has gone up x10 and then x10 again.Gotta pay for these wars somehow.Europe is also awash in Afghan heroin.Vancouver,a mecca for heroin addicts has seen little of the Afghan product but when some hits town the overdose deaths go up.We saw two OD's at the occupy site alone.One death,one in hospital.That was in a population of aprox.300.It is said that there is a surplus of hundreds of tonnes being held back to keep the price up.

afgan dope

hate to say this but I would love to try some!!!!!!

than

Iran has announced that it is looking at creating a medical marihuana industry. The offenses listed above seem to be more for hard drugs than marihuana. cezar

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