Iran: Addicted to death: Executions for drugs offences in Iran

Index Number: MDE 13/090/2011

Since mid-2010, the execution rate in Iran has soared. Up to 80 per cent of those executed are accused of drug-related offences. This report highlights the Iranian authorities’ use of execution as a catch-all solution to social ills, even though there is no conclusive evidence that the death penalty has any deterrent effect on crime. The report urges the Iranian authorities to immediately end the use of the death penalty for drugs offences.

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