Condemning the death penalty in Iran

Gulf European Centre for Human Rights


Condemning the death penalty in Iran

24th September 2018



Human Rights Council 39th Session

High Commissioner for Human Rights

Working Group on Arbitrary Executions

Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran


According to human rights reports, Iranian authorities have executed 30 prisoners in Iran within 20 days. For example, on Saturday (September 22, 2018), the Iranian authorities executed 9 prisoners in Adelabad prison in the city of Shiraz, following the instructions of the head of the district's Adliya, who earlier stressed: "resolutely dealing with the regime's disobedience and public security" of Iran.

The Iranian sources also confirmed that about 4 Kurdish activists were executed at the Gohradash prison in the city of Karaj. Another Kurdish prisoner was executed in the city of Mariwan, and another citizen was executed in Urmia prison, in addition to three Baloch activists who were executed in Baluchistan by the Iranian authorities.

The Iranian Human Rights Groups reported that the Iranian authorities executed an Iranian prisoner in the city of Marvdasht in the province of Fares, and between 10 and 12 other prisoners in other provinces in Iran, where the number of the capital punishment in Iran reached 30 people in September.

According to reports by international and national human rights organisations, at least 4,500 people, including at least 80 juvenile in Iran, have been sentenced to death and more are waiting for execution. However, in November 2016, Hassan Nairouzi, spokesman for the Judicial Committee of the Iranian Parliament, said that 5,000 prisoners were sentenced to death in Iran on charges of drug offenses alone, of which no other counts.

According to the Iranian Human Rights Organisation, at least 179 people in Iran were executed from January to August 2018. In fact, the actual number of executions is likely to be higher, given the government's failure to report Executions and secret executions. Iran's Human Rights Documentation Centre reported that at least 525 executions had taken place until 31 December 2017 in Iran, but the government announced only 94 of them. This means that the Iranian authorities did not report the vast majority of the death penalty.

Thus, eleven human rights organisations strongly condemn the Iranian government's policy of using the death penalty against citizens in Iran. The organisations call upon on all international human rights bodies, in particular, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, the Working Group on Arbitrary Executions and the Human Rights Council, to take urgent and effective action to stop the death penalty in Iran.


The eleven organisations:

1- The Gulf European Centre for Human Rights

2- Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society

3- Lebanese Foundation for Democracy and Human Rights (Laive)

4 – Organisation of the global message of human rights

5- Syrian Observatory for Documentation of War Crimes

6- Karama Association for Human Rights in Bahrain

7- Yemeni Human Rights Violations

8- The Ahwaz Centre for Human Rights

9- Baloch Observatory for Human Rights

10- The Arab Gate for Trade Union Rights and Freedoms

11- Arab Observatory for Trade Union Rights and Freedoms

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