Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); May 19, 2022: Ghobad Narouyi, a Baluch man sentenced to death for drug offences, was executed in Birjand Central Prison.
According to the Baluch Activists Campaign, a Baluch man was executed in Birjand Central Prison on the morning of May 17. His identity has been reported as Ghobad Narouyi from the village of Nasr Ababd in Zabol. He was sentenced to death for drug-related charges by the Revolutionary Court.
Ghobad Narouyi had been behind bars for around three years after being arrested in Birjand.
At the time of writing, his execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.
According to reports compiled by Iran Human Rights, at least 126 people were executed on drug-related charges in 2021, a fivefold increase compared to drug executions in the previous three years. None of the 2021 drug-related executions were reported by official sources. Data gathered by Iran Human Rights also shows that Baluch prisoners accounted for 21% of all executions in 2021, while only representing 2–6% of Iran’s population.