IRAN: 650 PEOPLE EXECUTED IN 2010 - BRITISH FOREIGN OFFICE REPORT
March 30, 2011: According to "The 2010 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report" on human rights, the number of executions in Iran increases to over 650 in 2010.
The report that was published today covered the human rights situation in a number of countries among them Iran.
According to the report more than 650 people were executed in Iran in 2010, where about 590 of them were executed for drugstrafficking, 27 people were executed for "Moharebeh" (enemity towards God) in 2010.
The execution figure rose from at least 388 publicly reported executions in 2009, to more than 650 in 2010.
Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of Iran Human Rights (IHR), welcomed the report by the British Foreign office and said: "This is a very important comprehensive report". He added: "The numbers presented in the report are in line with the annual report of IHR and demonstrate the dramatic increase in the number of exections in 2010 in Iran".
According to the annual report of IHR on the death penalty in Iran, at least 546 people were executed in 2010. According to IHRâ€™s report 200 additional executions were not included in the total number due to lack of precise information. (Sources: Iran Human Rights, 30/03/2011)