Iran Executes 446 Including 31 Persons in Public in 2017: Human Rights Activists

Iran Executes 446 Including 31 Persons in Public in 2017: Human Rights Activists

The Iranian government executed 446 people including 31 persons put to death in public in 2017, a human rights advocacy group said.

Human Rights Activists News Agency released a report published by the Department of Statistics and Publications of Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRAI) on January 1 regarding human rights in 2017.

The agency said in the category of death sentence in 2017, 384 reports were registered by the Department of Statistics and Publications of Human Rights Activists in Iran, including 252 new death sentences and execution of 446 persons to death.

“Based on the announced identifications of some of these individuals executed, 442 were male or other sexual orientations and 4 were female,” the report said.

It further said 50 percent of the executions were based on drug related charges and 43 others were on murder charges.

“Among the 384 registered reports, 410 cases of violations of rights that affected 754 individuals were reported,” the agency added.

The province of Alborz ranks first with 24 percent according to the report. West Azerbaijan and East Azerbaijan ranks second and third with 12 and 7 percent.

Iran is one of the world's top executioners, international rights groups say. According to Amnesty International, China, Iran and Iraq are the top countries to carry out executions, issuing death sentences after “unfair trials.”

According to Kurdistan Human Rights Association, at least 530 people were executed by Iran’s authorities in 2016.

According to Amnesty’s statistics, Iran carried out 997 executions in the state’s prisons in 2015, of which 393 of the executed were Kurds.

The Iran population is only about 10% Kurdish although, that year nearly 40% of the executions were Kurdish.