At least three Baluch prisoners, including two brothers, were executed in Zahedan prison on drug charges, including two brothers.
The human rights center of “No to Prison- No to Execution” reported that according to Baluchistan’s human rights media, at dawn of Saturday, November 13, 2021, three Baluch prisoners, Sadollah Kha’rkouhi, Obaidollah Kha’rkouhi, and Mahboob Rakhshani, were executed at Zahedan Central Prison on drug charges.
Sadullah Kha’rkouhi, Obaidullah Khar’kouhi and Mahboob Rakhshani were residents of Shirabad area of Zahedan.
Sadullah and Obaidullah were brothers and were executed at the same time. In the film you can see, the family of these brothers bid farewell to the lifeless bodies of their loved ones.
All three prisoners were charged with narcotic related crimes.
According to a report published by the Baluch Activists Campaign, another prisoner, Mahmood Barahuie, was also executed. The authenticity of the report is still under investigation.
“Many Baluch prisoners who are executed under the title of “drug charges” are not actually charged with drugs, and drugs are just an excuse for executing Baluch youths,” a source with knowledge told the human rights center of “No to Prison- No to Execution”.
The executions of the three Baluch prisoners have not been announced in any media or official sources.
Considering the executions of these three Baluch prisoners, at least 204 people have been executed since the beginning of this Persian year (March 21, 2021).
However, in the Drug Offenses Act, amended in 2017, the death penalty was specifically restricted, and a one-degree commutation was generally anticipated in some cases, however, the execution of prisoners sentenced to death on drug-related charges still continues.
According to Amnesty International’s annual report, more than two-thirds of the world’s countries (144 countries) have now abolished the death penalty in law or have stopped it in practice. But the execution machine in Iran is accelerating every day; with Ebrahim Raisi’s presidency and the Eje’I presidency over the judiciary, executions have accelerated.
Also, according to a report published by the human rights center of “No to Prison- No to Execution”, the number of executions from October 2020 to October 2021 were at least 314, of which 283 men, 12 women, 13 political prisoners and six juvenile offenders were registered in prisons in 25 provinces of Iran.