At least 93% of all government-sanctioned executions that take place in Iran are for illegal drugs, according to Mohammad Javad Larijana, the secretary of Iran’s Human Rights Council.
Larijani’s comments were made in response to a United Nations report criticizing Iran’s frequent use of capital punishment; in other words, Iran is arguing that the high number of executions are acceptable because they’re killing people over drugs.
This should serve as a somber example of the mindset this nation – and many parts of the world – is in when it comes to illegal substances.
The UN report, published on October 23rd, states that at least 852 people have been executed in Iran between July 2013 and June 2014.
The report calls this number an “alarming increase” from previous years.