Iran executions show "callous disregard for human dignity"

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Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré (file)

A sharp increase in executions across Iran in recent weeks has been condemned by two United Nations human rights experts.

Between 9 and 26 April, as many as 98 prisoners are reported to have been executed, an average of over six per day.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The latest wave brings the total number of executions since January to more than 340.

Some of the condemned were charged with drug-related offences, which do not meet the threshold of how the UN defines the most serious crimes.

The UN says that in many instances, executions have gone unreported by official sources.

The names of prisoners have also not been published.

Two UN special rapporteurs on human rights and executions said the lack of information shows a "callous disregard for both human dignity and international human rights law."

They added they were alarmed by the recent surge in capital punishment in the country.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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