UN concerned about Iran’s ‘surge of executions’

Ahmed Shaheed addresses the UN General Assembly in 2005. (photo credit: AP/John Marshall Mantel)

Ahmed Shaheed addresses the UN General Assembly in 2005. (photo credit: AP/John Marshall Mantel)

Ahmed Shaheed says 850 people put to death in Islamic Republic in past 15 months, the world’s highest death-penalty rate

(SOURCE)  At least 850 people have been executed in Iran in the past 15 months as part of a worsening human rights situation under reformist President Hassan Rouhani, a UN official said Monday.

Ahmed Shaheed, the rights rapporteur for Iran, described a “surge in executions,” giving Iran the world’s highest death-penalty rate per capita.

“The range of capital crimes is shocking,” Shaheed told journalists. “We have seen a person executed for making a donation to a foreign organization.”

The rapporteur said he was “shocked” by the hanging over the weekend of 26-year-old Reyhaneh Jabbari who was convicted of murdering a former intelligence officer who, she claimed, had tried to sexually assault her.

Shaheed said he had repeatedly raised with Tehran questions about the fairness of her trial.

Iran has executed 852 people since June of last year, including eight juveniles, said the envoy, who is to present his report to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

The surge in executions shows that Rouhani has failed to deliver on campaign promises to improve the human rights situation in his country, a year after taking office, added Shaheed.

“He is unable to address the issues, unable to arrest this trend, to convert his promises which spoke to arresting this trend into action,” Shaheed continued.

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