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Vahid Rashidi Garavand Executed in Aligudarz

19 Oct 23
Vahid Rashidi Garavand Executed in Aligudarz

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); October 19, 2023: Vahid Rashidi Garavand, a man sentenced to death for drug-related charges, was executed in Aligudarz Prison.

According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, at least one man was executed in Aligudarz Prison in Lorestan province on 19 October. His identity has been established as Vahid Rashidi Garavand who was sentenced to death for drug-related charges.

There are reports that at least one other man was executed along with Vahid which IHRNGO has not been able to verify at the time of writing. It continues to investigate the reports.

At the time of writing, his execution has not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.

Drug-related executions have continuously risen every year for the past three years. At least 305 people were executed for drug-related charges between 1 January-10 October 2023, a 69% increase compared to the same period in 2022, and the number of drug-related executions in 2023 were close to 20 times higher than 2020.

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. On 13 September 2023, IHRNGO reported a 94% rise in the number of drug-related executions in the year following the start of the “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement in September 2022.


CORRECTION, 22 October 2023: According to the latest information received by the Iranian Human Rights, Vahid Rashidi Garavand is the same person as Vahid Kakavand who was reported to have been executed in Khorramabad Central Prison. 

Read IHRNGO's report on drug-related executions for the occasion of World Day Against the Death Penalty on 10 October 2023: