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3 Unnamed Men Executed for Drug Charges in Ardabil

3 Jan
3 Unnamed Men Executed for Drug Charges in Ardabil

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); January 3, 2024: State media reported the execution of three unnamed men for drug-related charges in Ardabil Central Prison.

Quoting the Ardabil Judiciary, IRNA reported the executed of three men in Ardabil Central Prison. The report which was published on 2 January does not specify their identities or the location of their executions.

According to the report, the three men were arrested and sentenced to death for charges of “buying and carrying heroine and opium.”

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.