Javed Rehman: “The death penalty in Iran is considered an arbitrary deprivation of life”

New UN report sheds light on the grave violations committed by Iran against prisoners, especially with regard to illegal executions, which UN officials described as an arbitrary deprivation of life.

NEW YORK – A UN report revealed that Iran last year executed more than two hundred and fifty people, including four children, and that this year it carried out two hundred and thirty executions, including nine women and one child who were executed in secret.

According to the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran Javed Rahman, Iran continues to implement the death penalty at an alarming rate. He further explained that the absence of official statistics and the lack of transparency around executions in Iran prevent and impede accountability and auditing.

Rahman explained that the death penalty can be imposed on prisoners based on vague charges related to Iran’s national security, and that the heavy reliance by the courts on forced confessions extracted under torture leads to the conclusion that the imposition of the death penalty constitutes an arbitrary deprivation of life.

Rahman added that, in addition to the executions, the general humanitarian situation in Iran is “still bleak.”