Probability of review on drug smugglers Execution law
Rapporteur- Farbod Dehghani: on 28 May this year, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, the interior minister, reported the formation of a committee to review the execution of alternative punishments for drug-related crimes.
One of the things that the designers of this law in parliament, had pointed out, was that most people who have been executed, do it because of poverty had gone to such measures.
There are currently about 5,000 people on death row, 90 per cent of executions are for drug dealers. It is clear that in case of realization of the project, we will see a sharp decline in executions, and human rights dialogue between Iran and Europe can succeed much more quickly.
Iran is a neighbor to Afghanistan, a leading producer and supplier of the world’s drugs, and faces big challenges at home with a young population susceptible to a variety of cheap and abundant addictive drugs. Critics, however, say Iran’s use of death penalty in this regard has done little, if anything, to address the issue.
Iran executed nearly 1,000 people last year, of which more than half were for drug offences. It is difficult to gauge public attitude to executions in Iran but Iranians increasingly favour forgiveness in cases involving murder. The number of Iranian convicts whose lives were saved last year after being pardoned outnumbered those who were known to have been put to death for murder.(1)