Iran Human Rights (IHR); September 22, 2021: An Afghan citizen has been executed on drug-related charges in Taybad Prison. At least 75 prisoners, including a woman, have been executed on drug-related charges in Iranian prisons in 2021.
According to HRANA news agency, an Afghan man was executed on drug-related charges in Taybad Prison on September 20. His identity has not been established but he is reportedly married man from Herat, Afghanistan and had been in prison for three years.
At the time of writing, his execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.
According to Iran Human Rights’ Annual Report on the Death Penalty in Iran, at least 25 people were executed on drug-related charges in 2020. However, at least 75 people have so far been executed on the same charge in 2021.
On May 3, IHR published a report on the death penalty in the first four months of 2021 expressing concern at the significant increase in the number of drug-related executions and continues to warn of the continuation of this trend.