Iran's on an 'Execution Binge:' Rights Group

An inmate meets his maker every 8 hours or so since year began
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2011 12:21 PM CST
A women poses during a demonstration of the National Council of Resistance of Iran against stoning and death penalty in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Sept. 10, 2010.   (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

(Newser) – Iran's basically executing people left and right, says a US-based human rights group. With 47 people hanged since the beginning of the year, Tehran's averaging a staggering pace of one every eight hours. "The Iranian Judiciary is on an execution binge orchestrated by the intelligence and security agencies," says a spokesman for the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

Those executed and at risk of execution include a number of Kurds, notes the group, which fears that Iran may not be publicizing all executions, meaning the number is higher than 47. Tehran is estimated to have executed 179 inmates last year, reports the AP.

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