Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); July 17, 2023: State media have reported the execution of Sangar Khezri for drug-related charges in Naghdeh Prison.
According to the Judiciary’s Mizan news agency, a man was executed in Naghdeh Prison in West Azerbaijan province on 17 July. His identity has been reported as Sangar Khezri who was sentenced to death for drug-related charges.
Drug-related executions have continuously risen every year for the past three years. At least 206 people were executed for drug-related charges in the first six months of 2023, a 126% rise compared to the same period in 2022 when 91 were executed. 40 people were executed in the same period in 2021.
The number of drug executions dramatically dropped in 2018 following a 2017 Amendment to the Anti-Narcotics Laws. Consequently, drug executions ranged between 24-30 per annum between 2018-2020. The Amendment was reversed in practice in 2021 when executions increased ten-fold to 126 in 2021 and doubled again in 2022 with 256 drug-related executions.