According to reports by IHR, so far in 2019, at least 212 prisoners have been executed in Iran but only 68 cases were announced by the official Iranian media. Other 144 cases were confirmed by Iran Human Rights (IHR) through its sources. IHR only reports the unannounced executions if it could confirm those with two separate credible sources. Therefore, the actual number of executions may be even higher than reported.
Out of 211 executions, 12 were carried out in public. At least two juvenile-offenders were executed for crimes committed before they turn 18.
164 executions were carried out for murder charges. According to the Iranian Islamic Penal Code, murder is punishable by qisas (retribution in kind). 25 people were executed so far in 2019 for drug-related charges.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is the top executioner the Middle East and second in the world following China,” Said IHR director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, “However, the civil abolitionist movement is growing in Iran.”
Source » iranhr