The 9th annual report by Iran Human Rights (IHR) on the death penalty provides an assessment and analysis of the death penalty trends in 2016 in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The report sets out the number of executions in 2016, the trend compared to previous years, charges, geographic distribution and a monthly breakdown of executions. Lists of the women and juvenile offenders executed in 2016 are also included in tables at the end of the report. Drug-related executions, the status of the cooperation between the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Iran in fighting drugs and the ongoing debate inside Iran, and the new legislation proposed by the Iranian Parliament, Majles, will be briefly reviewed. We will also look into whether Hassan Rouhani’s presidential period, which will end in June 2017, has had any impact on the issue of the death penalty.

The issue of due process will be discussed. Revolutionary Courts have received much attention as regards the mass executions in the 1980s. In this report, we will provide data which, in particular, sheds light on the role of the Revolutionary Courts in recent executions.

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