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United Nations raises concern over ‘alarming rate’ of executions in Iran

The United Nations is raising concerns about a surge of executions in Iran, according to a new report. 

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres brought concerns over the use of capital punishment in Iran to the UN General Assembly.

A total of 419 people were executed by the Iranian government during the first seven months of 2023. 

Antonio Guterres

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivers a statement at UN Headquarters on the situation in the Middle East following the terrorist attack by Hamas on Israel.  ((Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images))

Of significant concern were the ages of those arrested.

“It is particularly concerning that most of the individuals arrested may have been children, given that the reported average age of those arrested was estimated to be 15 years, according to the deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,” the secretary general said.

The UN also reported a 98% increase in executions for drug-related offenses. Guterres claims that 239 people were given the death penalty for drug crimes in the first seven months of 2023.

Timothy Nerozzi is a writer for Fox News Digital. You can follow him on Twitter @timothynerozzi and can email him at timothy.nerozzi@fox.com

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