An Iranian official admitted that the authorities have executed 15,000 people on drug related charges since the mullahs rose to power after the 1979 revolution.
Jalil Mohebbi, the secretary of the staff to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice announced the data in a session attended by the head of the regime’s Judiciary.
According to the state-run Fars news agency affiliated with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), the spokesman of the judiciary, Parviz Esmaeili, when asked, dismissed the data saying these statistics are not accurate and cannot be published.
The figures provided by the regime officials must be considered as minimum as most of the executions in Iran have been carried out in secret, but it is remarkable, nonetheless.
Iran’s regime holds the infamous record of the world’s top executioner per capita.
In his latest report, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman noted that while executions in the country declined from 507 in 2017 to 253 in 2018, the country still has one of the highest numbers of executions in the world.
Iran also ranks first for the greatest number of juvenile executions in the world. International human rights law strictly prohibits the use of the death penalty against a person who was under 18 at the time of the crime.
Women are also victims of the death penalty in Iran, with at least nine women having been executed since mi-June alone.
Since Hassan Rouhani took office as President, Iran’s regime has executed at least 3,800 people.
“For years, Iranian authorities have used the death penalty to spread a climate of fear in a misguided effort to combat drug trafficking, yet there is not a shred of evidence to show that this is an effective method of tackling crime,” deputy director Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa program, Said Boumedouha, said in 2015.