Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Mass execution draws ire of Iranian Nobel laureate’s group

Iran’s mass execution of 29 men Sunday was denounced the next day by a human rights group led by Iranian Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, Agence France-Presse reported.

In addition to lashing out against capital punishment in general, the Defenders of Human Rights Center claimed that the hanged men – convicted of crimes including drug trafficking, murder, and rape – were “deprived of a fair judicial procedure.”

As the article notes, “The latest hangings brought to at least, 155 the number of people executed in Iran this year, according to an AFP count.”

Iran is said to be considering a bill that would designate as capital offenses crimes such as corruption, prostitution and apostasy on the Internet.

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