At least Six prisoners from Baloch ethnic minority in Iran were executed on drug charges in Birjand Prison at dawn on Tuesday.
According to Rasanak, a regional human rights news agency, one of the men is identified as Javad Nakhaei, while the names of the other five are yet to be known.
All the six men had previously been sentenced to death on drug-related charges.
As many of the executions in Iran are carried out unreported and in clear violation of fair trial guarantees, the execution of these prisoners has not been announced by the Iranian media or official sources.
The recent increase in the execution of prisoners from the Baloch minority and prisoners convicted with drug charges is alarming.
Earlier, on May 19, 2021, two other Baloch citizens, Younes Tutazehi and Abdullah Tutazehi were executed in the same prison on similar charges.
Mehran Narui who was also from the Baloch ethnic minority was denied access to a lawyer during his pre-trial detention and trial. Another Baluchi prisoner, Anvar Narui, who was sentenced to death in the same case, was executed on 28 January 2021.
According to Iran HRM, a human rights website covering the region, at least 130 prisoners have been executed since January 2021.
Iranian authorities executed Mehran Narui on May 17, 2021, in Dastgerd Prison of Isfahan.
More than 4300 people have been executed in Iran during Rouhani’s tenure. As of now, they include 117 women, reported Iran HRM.
Courtesy: IRAN HRM