Iran urged to stop executions

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Ahmed Shaheed

The Iranian government has been urged to stop what has been described as "the abrupt surge in hangings in the country since the start of 2014."

Two UN experts said in a statement that at least 40 people have been reportedly hanged in the first two weeks of January.

Ahmed Shaheed the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran and Christof Heyns, the Special Rapporteur on summary executions added that "625 executions, including at least 28 involving women were reported to have been carried out last year."

The majority of the executions were for drug-related offences.

A number of individuals were also executed for religious crimes or for acting against national security.

The experts reiterated their appeal to the government of Iran to heed calls for a moratorium on executions or to at least restrict the use of the death penalty.

They also urged Iran to respect international standards guaranteeing a fair trial and due process for those facing the death penalty.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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