Iran offentliggjør nå også amputasjoner. Henrettelser skjer i høyt tempo. Nobelprisvinner Shirin Ebadi protesterer.

Using a strict enforcement of Islamic law, judicial authorities in a restive region of southern Iran amputated the right hands and left feet of five convicted robbers this week, part of what the government called a message meant to deter other troublemakers.

An Iranian rights group led by Shirin Ebadi, the lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner, publicly protested the double amputations, which it called an expansion of cruel punishments in Iran. The group also protested a spate of public executions reported over the past two weeks.

«Unfortunately, the violation of human rights in Iran has not only been expanded in some fields, it has also found new dimensions,» Ms. Ebadi’s group, which calls itself Defenders of Human Rights, said in a statement.

Iranian newspapers on Thursday reported the hanging of seven men convicted of murder and drug smuggling in different cities. Those hangings bring the number of publicly disclosed executions in 2008 to 23. If continued at that pace, Iran would carry out capital punishment on more than 400 people this year, at least a 34 percent increase over 2007.

«Figures confirm that executions have increased in Iran,» Ms. Ebadi said in an interview. «We have issued statements several times and have said that we are against punishment by death.»
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The amputation punishment has been used in Iran since the Islamic revolution in 1979 and imposition of Islamic law, but Iranian judicial authorities have rarely publicized instances where it is enforced and have rarely used double amputations. And in the newly publicized instances, the amputators cut off the right hand and left foot, making it difficult, if not impossible, for the condemned people to walk even with a cane or crutches.
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The amputation punishment has been used in Iran since the Islamic revolution in 1979 and imposition of Islamic law, but Iranian judicial authorities have rarely publicized instances where it is enforced and have rarely used double amputations. And in the newly publicized instances, the amputators cut off the right hand and left foot, making it difficult, if not impossible, for the condemned people to walk even with a cane or crutches…
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According to a count by Agence France Press based on reports in local newspapers Iran hanged 298 people in 2007, compared with 177 hangings in 2006.

Spate of Executions and Amputations in Iran

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