Rights group decries 'execution binge' in Iran
Associated Press
17-Jan-2011 (2 comments)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian authorities have unleashed an "execution binge" with an average rate of one person hanged every eight hours since the beginning of the year, a rights group monitoring the Islamic Republic said Sunday.
"The Iranian Judiciary is on an execution binge orchestrated by the intelligence and security agencies," stated Aaron Rhodes, a spokesman for the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
A statement by the New York-based group said at least 47 prisoners have been hanged since Jan. 1, including a reported Kurdish activist accused of fighting against the state. It said other jailed Kurds also are at risk of facing the gallows for alleged links to a groups battling for greater rights for Iran's Kurdish minority.
Most of the others executed were convicted of violent crimes such as murder.
The group said the actual number of people put to death this year could be higher because Iranian authorities may not make public all executions.
Rights groups and media reports say at least 179 people were executed in Iran last year.
Thousands of inmates are on death row, but Iran's judiciary has come under intense international pressure over the case of a woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery. Judiciary officials have said they are reviewing the sentence against Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, but there have been no clear signals on whether it could be commuted.
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The correct expression for hanging people is "hanged," not "hung."
Many people make this mistake.