Iran: Annual report on the death penalty 2017

IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS (MARCH 13, 2018): The 10th annual report on the death penalty in Iran by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and ECPM shows that in 2017 at least 517 people were executed in the Islamic Republic of Iran. 
This number is comparable with the execution figures in 2016 and confirms the relative reduction in the use of the death penalty compared to the period between 2010 and 2015. 
Nevertheless, with an average of more than one execution every day and more than one execution per one million inhabitants in 2017, Iran remained the country with the highest number of executions per capita.
2017 Annual Report at a Glance:
At least 517 people were executed in 2017, an average of more than one execution per day111 executions (21%) were announced by official sources.Approximately 79% of all executions included in the 2017 report, i.e. 406 executions, were not announced by the authorities.At least 240 people (46% of all executions) were executed for murder charges - 98 more than in 2016.At le…

Iran: Man Sentenced to Death for Insulting the Prophet

Tehran's Evin Prison
An Iranian social media activist has been reportedly sentenced to death for his alleged insult of the prophet Mohammed.

On Sunday, the Tehran-based court reportedly sentenced Souhail Arabi, a 30-year-old social media activist to death and 3 years in prison, over' insulting the prophet charges', local media reported.

Souhail Arabi who is the father of 5-year-old child was detained in Evin prison, located in northwestern Tehran, where over 350 opposition politicians and activists are held.

According to Erem News, Souhail Arabi was arrested over uttering insults to the prophet.

Under the Islamic republic's laws, whoever utters insults to the prophet must be given penalty. 

The judge may not give the suspect death penalty in case it is proven that the person who is accused of insulting the Prophet was under the influence of alcohol.

Source: Morocco World News, Sept. 8, 2014

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