Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); May 10, 2023: Four unidentified men have been executed for rape charges in Rajai Shahr (Gohardasht Prison).
According to Iran Human Rights, four men were executed in Rajai Shahr (Gohardasht) Prison on 10 May. Their identities of the men who were all sentenced to death for rape charges have not been established at the time of writing.
Iran Human Rights earlier reported the execution of three men in Qezel Hesar Prison which brings the number of executions to seven so far today.
At the time of writing, the execution of the three men have not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.
In cases of rape, there is a high chance of defendants being tortured to make false confessions, which is used to issue death sentences. In Iran is one of the few countries in the world that issues the death penalty for rape. A lot of cases are also rushed without the defendants having access to a lawyer.
According to the 2022 Annual Report on the Death Penalty, at least 23 people were executed for rape charges in 2022 compared to 10 in 2021 and 12 in 2020.