Iran Human Rights – January 10, 2019: A prisoner was hanged in Public at a square in the southern Iranian city of Kazerun.
According to the Mizan News Agency, the prisoner was sentenced to death on kidnapping and rape charges. He was reportedly kidnapped and raped two 15-year old boys three years ago.
This is the first reported case of the public executions in Iran in 2019.
UN human rights experts, including the former Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, had previously drawn particular attention to continued reports of public executions. “A dehumanising effect on both the victim and those who witness the execution” and ultimately reinforced the “already cruel, inhuman and degrading nature of the death penalty,” UN experts said.