Iran: Annual report on the death penalty 2017

IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS (MARCH 13, 2018): The 10th annual report on the death penalty in Iran by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and ECPM shows that in 2017 at least 517 people were executed in the Islamic Republic of Iran. 
This number is comparable with the execution figures in 2016 and confirms the relative reduction in the use of the death penalty compared to the period between 2010 and 2015. 
Nevertheless, with an average of more than one execution every day and more than one execution per one million inhabitants in 2017, Iran remained the country with the highest number of executions per capita.
2017 Annual Report at a Glance:
At least 517 people were executed in 2017, an average of more than one execution per day111 executions (21%) were announced by official sources.Approximately 79% of all executions included in the 2017 report, i.e. 406 executions, were not announced by the authorities.At least 240 people (46% of all executions) were executed for murder charges - 98 more than in 2016.At le…

Israel grants entry for Iranian journalist facing death penalty

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Deri said there is a 'real danger to her life' and he 'confirmed her entry without hesitation'

An Iranian journalist facing the death penalty in her home country for her journalistic work will be granted entry to Israel, Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri confirmed Sunday.

The journalist, Nada Amin, fled Iran to Turkey three years ago. But Turkey has announced that she would be deported back to Iran in the coming days where she would most likely be arrested immediately upon arrival.

"There is a real danger to her life,” Deri said according to Israeli media. “I confirmed her entry without hesitation.”

The minister responded to a request by the Jerusalem Journalists Association and the National Journalists Association to approve entry for Amin, who has written columns in Persian for the Israeli daily, Times of Israel.

"Amin is expected to be arrested immediately upon arrival in Iran and is in danger of execution because of her journalistic work,” said her brother in a letter to Minister Deri.

"This is a journalist who poses a real danger to her life, only because of writing columns on an Israeli news website,” said Deri, according to Israel’s Ynet News.

Israel and Iran are bitter longstanding rivals. Earlier this week, two Iranian soccer players were condemned for playing on a Greek team against Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Source: i24News, August 6, 2017

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