A prisoner was executed in Rasht early Sunday morning, November 1, 2020. He was charged for murder and his death sentence was carried out in Lakan Prison, Rasht.
According to the report of the Human Rights Center of No to prison, no to execution, cited by the Human Rights Organization of Iran, on the morning of Sunday, November 1, 2020, a 40-year-old prisoner named Jafar Hassani was executed in Rasht.
The report indicated that the prisoner has been in prison since 2017, and his death sentence was carried out after two years of imprisonment.
No state media has announced the prisoner’s death so far.
Thus, according to the Statistics Center of the Human Rights Center of No to prison, no to execution, at least 226 prisoners have been executed since the beginning of this year. However, the actual number is probably more than the number announced since many of the executions that take place in the medieval prisons of the Velayat-e-Faqih are not even recorded or announced at all and are carried out in secret.
Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
According to this article, no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Also, referring to Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the right to life is an inherent human right. This right must be protected by law. No person can be arbitrarily deprived of life.
Iran has the highest execution rate of its citizens in relation to its population.
According to news and statistics compiled and recorded by the Human Rights Center of No to prison, no to execution, at least 308 executions have been carried out between September 2019 and October 2020. Among this number of executions, eight were political prisoners and 16 were women.
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