An estimated 4,000 prisoners currently on death row in Iran for drug-related crimes could have their death sentences revoked according to a just-issued judicial order based on the country’s newly amended drug trafficking law.

“Iran has taken a positive first step toward reducing the country’s high execution rate,” said Hadi Ghaemi, the executive director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

“The amendment to Iran’s Law Against Drug Trafficking is the result of the international community banding together to engage Iran on improving its human rights record as well as the determined efforts by activists inside Iran and members of Parliament to push the amendment past hardliners,” he added.

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