Iran: 62 executions in 40 days

  • KurdishMedia.com
  • 30/01/2008 00:00:00

London (KurdishMedia.com) 30 January 2008: After the UN voted calling for a resolution on the use of the death penalty worldwide, 62 people are executed in Iran, reported Kurdistanmedia.com.

On 18 December 2007 the United Nations General Assembly voted with an overwhelming majority on resolution calling for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty worldwide.

According to the information we have gathered by Kurdistanmedia.com, in Iran 62 recent executions have taken place in 18 towns, 16 of which were took place in public squares. 2 of the persons who were executed were under the age of 18 at the time of their sentencing. 2 women and 2 political prisoners were among those who were executed.

Iran hanged 298 people in 2007, compared with 177 hangings in 2006. The authorities hanged 13 people on 1st January 2008.

A bill to set the minimum age for the death penalty at 18 years was examined by the parliament in December 2003, but it was not ratified by the Guardian Council of the Constitution, an unelected body that has veto power over bills.

  • KurdishMedia.com
  • 30/01/2008 00:00:00