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2 Unidentified Men Executed in Bandarabbas

9 Nov 23
2 Unidentified Men Executed in Bandarabbas

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); November 9, 2023: State media reported the execution of two men for drug-related charges in Bandarabbas Central Prison.

According to Hamshahri Online, two men were executed in Bandarabbas Central Prison on 8 November. One of the unnamed men was 62 years old and had been sentenced to death for trafficking 350 kilograms of heroin. The other was a young man accused of trafficking 15 kilograms of methamphetamine.

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.