Amnesty International, the highly respected human rights group, has released a report stating that Iran is on an unprecedented pace for judicial executions this year.
In 2014, Amnesty reported that Iran had executed at least 743 people, a figure that led Ahmed Shaheed, the UN special rapporteur on Iran, to note that “Iran continues to execute more individuals per capita than any country in the world.” Amnesty says that this year the country might end up executing more than 1,000 if current trends continue.
Iran executes more prisoners than any country in the world, save China, which routinely breaks the 1,000 mark on an annual basis.
Saudi Arabia is thought to also be on pace for a record number of executions in 2015, prompting at least one expert to attribute the rapid growth to an increasing number of drug related offenses being punished with the death penalty in both countries.
It’s also worth noting the next two countries following behind Iran and Saudi Arabia in sheer volume of judicial executions are Iraq and the United States.[Washington Post][Image: Washington Times]