"a killing spree of staggering proportions"
January 22, 2012 8:36 PM Subscribe
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Amnesty International believes
has executed at least 600 people in 2011
in what it calls "a killing spree of staggering proportions".
Activists believe the E.U.'s aid to Iran under the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been used during crackdowns on dissidents and minorities because such aid consists of police and light military equipment. And almost 500 executions were for alleged drug offenses with members of marginalized groups making up the disproportionate majority of such death sentences.
There has also been an effort by the regime to include convictions for other morality type crimes. Last week, Iranian born Canadian resident Saeed Malekpour's death sentenced
for "acting against the national security, insulting and desecrating the principles of Islam, and agitating the public mind" was recently confirmed
. There is more on Saeed Malekpour's case on iranhumanrights.org
, apparently he wrote photo uploading software that porn sites later used.
Also, Iranian authorities have been arresting lawyers like Nasrin Sotoudeh
who spoke out against applying the death penalty to minors.
As a tech aside, 31 year old Indonesian named Alexander Aan is facing five years in prison for a ‘God does not exist’ Facebook post