Iran executed at least 280 people last year, according to data released by the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran on Thursday.
Presenting a report to the UN Human Rights Council, Javaid Rehman said the number of executions on charges related to narcotics laws has risen.
“In 2021, at least 280 people were executed, including at least 10 women,” she said.
An independent expert also said that three “child offenders” – a term used by the United Nations for a person convicted of a crime under the age of 18 – were also reported to have been executed in 2021.
According to the report, the number of women running has also risen.
The report says more than 80 of the executions, including one by a woman and at least four by Afghans, were for drug offenses, compared to 25 in 2020.
Rehman saw an increase in the number of executions of people from minority communities last year, with more than 40 Baluchs and more than 50 Kurds killed.
In his report, the Special Rapporteur, who was denied access to Iran, stated that he had continued to receive consistent information about the use of confessions obtained through torture as evidence in cases of the death penalty.
Rehman also condemned the “deadly and excessive force” against peaceful gatherings about access to water and the impact of water scarcity on daily life.
And he condemned “trying to silence those who demand responsibility.”
“There are many cases of harassment and threats against the families of the victims and others who demand justice … In some cases, people are subjected to criminal prosecution simply for seeking justice,” he said.
Rehman added that he was also concerned about the number of deaths in the dark state where no investigation has been conducted.
From 1 January to 1 December 2021, at least 11 Kurdish prisoners were killed in unclear conditions in prison, according to the report.
Kazem Gharibabadi has spoken out against Rehman, the vice president of the Iranian judiciary and secretary general of the High Council for Human Rights.
“The High Council for Human Rights condemns the approach used by Iran’s so-called Special Rapporteur, which shows that instead of pursuing a policy of dialogue and cooperation, he has taken a biased and politically motivated approach,” he said.
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