Tag: Death Penalty

Capital punishment or the death penalty is a legal penalty in Iran. Crimes that warrant the death penalty according to the regime’s Islamic Penal Code  include murder; rape; child molestation; sodomy; drug trafficking; armed robbery; kidnapping; terrorism; burglary; pedophilia; homosexuality; incestuous relations; fornication; prohibited sexual relations; sexual misconduct; prostitution; plotting to overthrow the Islamic regime; political dissidence; sabotage; arson; rebellion; apostasy; adultery; blasphemy; extortion; counterfeiting; smuggling; speculating; disrupting production; recidivist consumption of alcohol; producing or preparing food, drink, cosmetics or sanitary items that lead to death when consumed or used; producing and publishing pornography; using pornographic materials to solicit sex; recidivist false accusation of capital sexual offenses causing execution of an innocent person; recidivist theft; certain military offenses (e.g. cowardice, assisting the enemy); “enmity against God”; “corruption on earth”; espionage and treason.

While 160 countries across the world have either abolished the death penalty or at least called a moratorium on its use, the Iranian government continues to use the death penalty as a means of intimidation and suppression to stay in power.

Iran executes more people per capita than any other country. According to Amnesty International, Iran accounts for over half of executions world over.

In a yearly report on execution, Iran Human Rights Monitor said that at least 3,602 people had been executed just during Iranian President Rouhani’s tenure.

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