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Rates of Death Penalties Skyrocket to Unsettling Numbers in Iran

By Carrie Dedrick

Executions of Iranian political figures and citizens in 2013 skyrocketed to unsettling numbers according to the recent annual report of death penalties in the nation by the group Iran Human Rights (IHR). Already this year, almost 200 people have come to the same fate, causing execution numbers to reach records set more than 15 years ago.

The exact number of Iranians executed in 2013 was 687, some of which were women and children reported IHR. Many of those executed did not receive a fair trial. Offenses such as exercising free speech have led hundreds more into imprisonment.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani assured citizens that he would moderate the killing, but no such relief has yet occurred. Most of the deaths last year took place under the reign of Rouhani.

IHR spokesman Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said the alarming rates of Iranian death penalty should be placed “at the top of the agenda in the dialogue between the international community and the Iranian authorities.”

Iranian politicians do not currently display concern for the alarming rate death toll from capital punishment. They believe the rest of the world should feel at ease that the country is rid of the offending citizens.

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