A man was flogged in public in the northeastern province of Khorasan Razavi in Iran.
A Judicial Official in the province announced the public punishment saying that the flogging sentence of a convicted felon was carried out in public in Neishapour in September.
Ali Ardakian who identified the man only by his initials as A.T son of Ismael added that the man had carried out numerous robberies.
A.T was sentenced to three years of prison and 74 lashes. The flogging sentence was carried out at the sight of the robbery.
In July, following the public flogging of another man in Khorasan Razavi Province, Amnesty International condemned the cruel punishment in a statement.
“The use of cruel and inhuman punishments such as flogging, amputation and blinding are an appalling assault on human dignity and violate the absolute prohibition on torture and other degrading treatment or punishment under international law,” Amnesty’s Philip Luther said.
“As a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Iran is legally obliged to forbid torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment. It’s simply unacceptable that the Iranian authorities continue to allow such punishments and to justify them in the name of protecting religious morals.”
More than 100 “offences” are punishable by flogging under Iranian law. The offences include theft, assault, vandalism, defamation and fraud. They also cover acts that should not be criminalized, such as adultery, intimate relationships between unmarried men and women, “breach of public morals” and consensual same-sex sexual relations.
In January 2016, the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the UN body that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by state parties, urged Iran to “immediately repeal all provisions which authorize or condone cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of children”.