Iran hangs 12 Baluchi prisoners in one day, says report, know why
Iran has carried out an execution of 12 Baluchi prison, an NGO said on Tuesday. None of the executions had been reported by domestic media or confirmed by officials in Iran, the Norway-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) said.
The IHR said 11 men and 1 woman – convicted in drugs-related and murder charges – were hanged on Monday morning in the main prison of Zahedan in Sistan-Baluchestan province close to the borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan. Of the 12, six were sentenced to death for drug-related charges and six were sentenced for murder, the IHR said.
The data collected and compiled by IHR shows that Baluch prisoners accounted for 21 percent of all executions in 2021, while only representing 2–6 percent of Iran’s population, the organisation said.
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Several reports claimed that they were all members of the Baluch ethnic minority who mainly belongs to Sunni sect of Islam rather than the Shia that is dominant in Iran.
There has been a growing concern over the rising number of executions in the Islamic republic. The activists have long expressed concern that executions in Iran disproportionately target members of Iran’s ethnic and religious minorities, notably Kurds in the northwest, Arabs in the southwest and Baluch in the southeast.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran also said that the 12 executions had taken place in Zahedan on Monday. Facing expanding popular protests, the clerical regime has intensified repression and killings, setting an unprecedented record in executions, the NCRI said.
Moreover, the Amnesty International have also reported Iran has a jump 28% rise in executions in 2021 compared to the previous year to 314 but warned that the figure was likely an underestimate. At least 333 people were executed in Iran in 2021, a 25% increase compared to 2020, the IHR report said.
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