"Surge of executions" in Iran for non-capital offences

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Ahmed Shaheed. UN Photo/Cia Pak

There has been a surge in executions in Iran for crimes that are not recognized as capital offences under international law, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Ahmed Shaheed has raised a number of concerns about the human rights situation in Iran, including reports of torture, the lack of freedom of expression and women's rights.

He says the Iranian government has recently taken positive steps to engage with him, adding that he has observed promising efforts that can contribute to addressing these issues.

Meanwhile, on the 25th anniversary of a protocol calling for the abolition of the death penalty, the UN Human Rights Office is urging all countries to ratify it.

So far, only 81 states prohibit executions.

The UN Secretary-General recently declared that the death penalty has no place in the 21st century.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

Duration: 58"

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