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UN terms death penalties by Iran state-sanctioned killings

The United Nations Human Rights office in Geneva has condemned the death penalties by Iran and called it state-sanctioned killings.

Till now Iran executed four people on the allegations of supporting anti-state protests moreover, it also decided to strongly punish those who violate the hijab law.

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However, UN Human Rights Office claimed that at least 17 other individuals were reportedly sentenced to death.

Additionally, it claimed that the nation is weaponizing the death penalty to terrorize citizens and quash dissent.

UN rights chief Volker Turk’s office said, “Criminal proceedings and the death penalty are being weaponized by the Iranian government to punish individuals participating in protests and to strike fear into the population to stamp out dissent, in violation of international human rights law.”

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He further added that it equates to state-sanctioned murder when criminal proceedings are used as a tool to punish individuals for advocating for or participating in demonstrations that are within their constitutional rights.

Turk said, “I reiterate once more my call to the government of Iran to respect the lives and voices of its people, to impose an immediate moratorium on the death penalty, and to halt all executions.”

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