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Iran | Annual report on the death penalty 2019

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Iran Human rights (IHR); March 31, 2020: The 12th annual report on the death penalty by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and ECPM (Together Against the Death Penalty) provides an assessment and analysis of the death penalty trends in 2019 in the Islamic Republic of Iran. 
It sets out the number of executions in 2019, the trend compared to previous years, the legislative framework and procedures, charges, geographic distribution and a monthly breakdown of executions. 
Lists of the female and juvenile offenders executed in 2019 are also included in the tables. 
The report also looks into the abolitionist movement within Iran, including the forgiveness movement and its contribution to limiting the use of the death penalty, the artists and filmmakers attempting to promote abolition, and the authorities’ attempt to promote the death penalty and crackdown on human rights defenders. 
The 2019 report is the result of hard work from IHR members and supporters who took part in reporting, documenting, c…

Iran: Two executed in Tabriz, Khorramabad

Prisoner with Mental Illness Executed on Murder Charges

A prisoner who reportedly suffered from a mental illness was hanged at Tabriz Central Prison on murder charges.

According to the human rights news agency HRANA, the execution was carried out on the morning of Wednesday April 12. 

The prisoner, 27-year-old Rahman Hosseinpour, who was held in the "psychotherapy ward" of the prison, was reportedly transferred to solitary confinement prior to his execution.

"Rahman suffers from a mental illness. He committed murder in self defense after he was sexually abused. He was not mentally stable at all. Despite this, his death penalty sentence was still carried out," says a source close to the family of Mr. Hosseinpour.

Iranian official sources, including the media and Judiciary, have not announced Rahman Hosseinpour's execution.

Prisoner Hanged on Drug Charges


A prisoner was reportedly hanged at Khorramabad's Parsilon Prison on drug related charges.

According to the human rights news agency HRANA, the execution was carried out on the morning of Saturday April 8. 

Iran Human Rights has received confirmation on this execution from close sources.

The prisoner, who has been identified as Maziar Geravand, was reportedly transferred to solitary confinement along with another prisoner, Morteza Sanaie, in preparation for execution. 

According to close sources, Mr. Sanaie's execution was stopped and he was taken back to his prison cell.

Maziar Geravand was reportedly sentenced to death on the charge of possession and trafficking of three kilograms of heroin. 

Mr. Geravand, who is the father of a three-year-old child, was reportedly in prison for three years before he was executed.

Iranian official sources, including the media and the Judiciary, have not announced Maziar Geravand's execution.

Executions for drug related charges continue in Iran despite a bill allegedly approved by the Judicial Committee of the Iranian Parliament to halt the death sentences of thousands for drug related charges.

Source: Iran Human Rights, April 13, 2017

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