Iran’s state broadcaster IRIB reports that yesterday 29 men convicted of offenses including drug trafficking, murder, rape, and drinking alcohol, were hanged in what was the country’s largest mass execution in years. The hangings were carried out inside Tehran’s notorious Evin prison at 5:10 am.
Amnesty International says that in 2007 Iran applied the death penalty more often than any other country apart from China, executing 317 people.
Human rights groups are also asking Iran to stop hanging persons who were under the age of 18 at the time of their offenses, in accordance with its obligations under international agreements.
The rights group run by Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi has slammed the rising number of executions, and last week another group, the Volunteer Lawyers’ Network, said Iran planned to stone to death eight women and a man sentenced to die for adultery.