Iran Human Rights (IHR); August 3, 2021: Four men who were sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, have been executed in Rajai Shahr Prison.
According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, four men were executed on murder charges in Rajai Shahr Prison on the morning of July 31. Their identities have not been established at the time of writing.
At the time of writing, their executions have not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.
According to Iran Human Rights’ Annual Report on the Death Penalty, at least 211 of the 267 people executed in 2020 were sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for "premeditated murder."
As there are no legal distinctions made between murder and manslaughter, whether voluntary or involuntary in Iran, those charged under the umbrella term of “premeditated murder” will receive the death penalty regardless of intent and the circumstances.