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At least 63 people allegedly hanged in Iran

By Brian Booker     Jun 2, 2015 in World
An Iranian NGO, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, claims that at least 63 people have been executed in the last 10 days in various cities and prisons across Iran.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran is an umbrella organization for various anti-government groups, and is considered a parliament in exile.
While the information has yet to be verified, Iran is known for being one of the world's leading executioners, and is believed to trail only China in regards to the number of people executed per year.
Official government data is hard to come by when it comes to China, Iran, and other countries that still conduct executions. The media in such countries is also heavily restricted, making it difficult to verify the information.
Iran is one of only four countries known to perform public executions, and it appears that at least some of the recent executions were carried out in public. The alleged executions were carried out across the country, and occurred in multiple cities and prisons.
The composition of those executed remains unknown, but the vast majority of people who have been executed in the past have been male. Iran has been known to execute females, though women generally make up only a small percentage of those executed.
The crimes committed also remain unknown, though drug-related charges have generally made up the majority of executions in years past. Rape, deadly kidnapping, murder, and other charges can also result in executions.
Iranian authorities have also cited the country's war on drugs as the primary reason for its high execution rate. Iran is not the only country to execute people for drug related offenses, with Singapore, Malaysia, China, Indonesia, and others frequently executing serious drug offenders.
Iran shares a large eastern border with Afghanistan, which is the world's leading cultivator of poppy, from which heroin is derived. Drug smuggling and abuse have become major problems for Iran, which is ruled by a hard-line Shia Muslim government.
Critics charge that Iranian prisoners lack access to a fair and impartial legal system. According to the World Justice Project, Iran ranks only 88 out of 102 ranked countries (the lower the number, the better).
The World Justice Project notes that Iran's criminal justice system actually ranks 60th, and 64th for absence of corruption. In regards to openness of the government, it ranks only 99, and in terms of fundamental rights, Iran actually comes in dead last at 102.
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