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Baluch Amin Barakzehi Executed in Saravan

13 Nov 23
Baluch Amin Barakzehi Executed in Saravan

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); November 13, 2023: Amin Barakzehi, a Baluch man sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for murder, was executed in Saravan Prison.

According to Haal Vsh, a man was executed in Saravan Prison on 11 November. His identity has been reported as 40-year-old Amin Barakzehi (Nourzehi) who was sentenced to qisas for murder.

He was arrested for murder in Saravan around five years ago.

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

Ethnic minorities, the Baluch in particular, are grossly overrepresented in execution numbers in Iran. In 2022, at least 174 Baluch minorities including 3 women, were executed in 22 prisons across Iran, making up 30% of overall executions. This is while they represent just 2-6% of Iran’s population. Furthermore, at least 274 Baluch people have been executed for drug-related charges since 2021, 40% of all drug executions in that time period.

Those charged with the umbrella term of “intentional murder” are sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) regardless of intent or circumstances due to a lack of grading in law. Once a defendant has been convicted, as the plaintiffs, the victim’s family are required to choose between death as retribution, diya (blood money) or forgiveness.