Iran carries out mass execution of 12 Baloch ethnic minorities in one day: report

Iran hanged 12 detainees, including a woman, in a day at Zahedan prison in the southeastern province of Sistan-Balochistan, a human rights group has said. amid concerns about the rising number of executions in the Islamic republic.

The detainees hanged on Monday were found guilty of drug-related charges or murder, AFP reported citing Norway’s Iran Human Rights (IHR).

According to reports, those executed were Baluchis, a minority living in southeastern Iran, bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Of the 12, six were convicted on drug-related charges and the rest on murder. None of the executions have been reported by national media or confirmed by Iranian officials, he added.

Sistan-Baluchistan is the second province of the country, but the least developed. Sunni Muslim Balochi make up the majority of the province’s population. Cases of widespread discrimination against minorities, particularly in the field of employment, have been reported.

“Data collected by Iran Human Rights shows that Balochi prisoners accounted for 21% of all executions in 2021, despite making up only 2-6% of Iran’s population,” IHR added.

There have also been concerns about a recent spike in executions in Iran, as the country’s leaders face protests over rising commodity prices.

Earlier this month, Amnesty International’s annual report on the use of the death penalty around the world showed that Iran was a country with a “worrying spike” in executions.

The 66-page report found that Iran executed at least 314 people in 2021, a 28% increase from at least 246 in 2020 and the highest figure since 2017. Amnesty said that in Iran ” death sentences were used disproportionately against members of ethnic minorities. ”

(With agency contributions)


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