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Iran on track to kill more than 1,000 this year, UN expert reports

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A policeman prepares five men, convicted of various charges for their public hanging in Iran
A policeman prepares five men, convicted of various charges for their public hanging in Iran
Iran is on track to execute more than 1,000 people in 2015, according to a scathing report from a United Nations analyst studying the rogue nation’s actions.
Calling it an "unprecedented assault on the right to life in Iran," Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed described a surge in executions over the past year. He said Iran hanged nearly 700 people since January.
Shaheed said that within the past two weeks, the Iranian regime violated international law by hanging two juvenile offenders. He added, "There are dozens more waiting a similar fate on death row." Shaheed said most people who face death are nonviolent drug offenders.
Human rights groups have long criticized Iran for flaunting international laws in its treatment of locals and foreign journalists.
Shaheed said most journalists face severe punishments simply for reporting or airing out their views. He said some in Iran face death sentences for posting other news articles on social media.

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