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Iran / death penalty A state terror policy

Source: http://www.fidh.org/Iran-death-penalty-A-state-terror-policy-Special

FIDH published a 60-page comprehensive report on the death penalty in the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) in April 2009. Entitled “Iran: Death Penalty, A State Terror Policy”. 
There are over 20 main categories of offences, some of them with several sub-categories, in the IRI, which are punishable by the death penalty. The majority of those “offences” are certainly not among “the most serious crimes.” Some others should not be considered as “offences” at all.
In conclusion, FIDH issued a wide set of recommendations to the IRI and the international community. 
Unfortunately, the IRI has continued to be out of step with the rising trend of abolition of the death penalty worldwide. 
The number of executions in the IRI increased from 346 in 2008 to 388 in 2009. Furthermore, the IRI executed no less than five juvenile offenders in 2009, ranking first.
On 28 January 2010, two prisoners, Arash Rahmanipour (20) and Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani (46) were the first to be executed for election-related offences.

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