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October 23, 2021

UN says secret executions widespread in Iran

Hundreds of prisoners have been secretly executed in Iran, according to a new UN report which details growing human rights abuses in the Islamic republic, Al Jazeera said. The report, obtained by the AFP news agency, said 200 officially announced executions had taken place in 2011 with at least 83, including those of three political prisoners, in January alone. Highlighting a jail in Mashhad, in eastern Iran, the report said “authorities reportedly conducted more than 300 secret executions at Vakilabad prison in 2010”. “It has also been reported that at least 146 secret executions have taken place to date in 2011,” it said.

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