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Human Rights Groups Denounce Iran's Execution Rate | Care2 Causes

Human Rights Groups Denounce Iran's Execution Rate | Care2 Causes

The human rights groups Amnesty International, Iran Human Rights, and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran are all speaking out against the sharply rising execution rate in Iran . Using numbers released by the Iranian government in addition to executions that they say are being conducted in secret, these groups claim that Iran has executed an average of 2 people a day in the first six months of 2011. These shocking statistics are based on the supposition that Iran is stepping up clandestine executions in the provinces. Although Iran acknowledges having executed 190 people this year, the human rights organizations estimate that anywhere from 130 to 200 executions were not reported. According to the human rights groups, Iran is using the executions to keep a lid on popular discontent as the country nears the second anniversary of the disputed 2009 election. “T...

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