Iran, along with China, regularly features among the countries that execute most people in the world. Iran, in proportion to its population, applies capital punishment just as much as China, the Rome-based anti-capital punishment group Hands Off Cain said today in a detailed report on 2003 executions around the world. Among the 63 countries that have retained the death penalty, 48 countries are dictatorial, authoritarian or illiberal states. These countries accounted for at least 5,525 executions, or 98.7 percent of the world total of executions in 2003, the Rome-based anti-capital punishment advocacy group “Hands Off Cain” said in its latest report.
One country alone, China, carried out at least 5,000, or 89.3 percent of the executions that took place during 2003. Iran was responsible for at least 154 executions. Iraq, up to April 9 when the US suspended the death penalty after invading it, had already executed at least 113 people.
“Iran, along with China, regularly features among the countries that execute most people in the world. Iran, in proportion to its population, applies capital punishment just as much as China. “In 2003, 154 executions were recorded in Iran, including a woman and a minor. This total is significantly less than in 2002, when 316 executions were registered, including a woman stoned to death, but as with other illiberal countries, the real number of people put to death by the state is probably much higher. Iranian authorities do not issue official statistics on the death penalty, and HOC´s total is based on news reports by Iranian media, that very likely do not carry news of every single execution.
”Iran does not limit itself to the death penalty. Its interpretation of Sharia law prescribes whippings for sexual relations before marriage, lashings for drinking alcohol and amputation of hands and feet for petty thieves, Hands Off Cain said in its report.