Death penalty in Iran applied "for all kinds of crimes": UN expert

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Asma Jahangir, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran,
on 26 October 2017, at a press briefing at UN Headquarters in NY. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

The death penalty is applied for many different crimes in Iran, but no official figures are released for who is on death row, or what they are accused of.

That's one of the issues being highlighted by Asma Jahangir, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

She was at UN Headquarters in New York recently, to give her annual report to the General Assembly, along with other independent UN rights' experts.

Due process and "rule of law" are "completely absent" while women are strongly discriminated against, and denied full citizenship rights, said Ms Jahangir.

But she believes that further isolating Iran through increased sanctions would negatively-impact ordinary people there.

She spoke to Agnese Pastorino.

Duration: 5'59"

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