Summary of the annual report on the death penalty in Iran 2016


9 March 2017

Every year we publish in partnership with Iran Human Rights (IHR) the annual report on the death penalty in Iran. This 9th edition gives an assessment and analysis of death penalty trends in 2016 in the Islamic Republic of Iran.



Annual 2016 Report at a Glance



  • 530 people were executed in 2016 (45% decrease from 2015)


  • 232 executions (44%) were announced by official sources


  • 64% of the death sentences carried out in 2016 were issued by the Revolution Courts


  • 296 (56%) were executed for drug-related charges


  • 33 executions were conducted in public spaces


  • At least 5 juvenile offenders were among those executed


  • At least 9 women were executed


  • 142 were executed for murder


  • 251 of those sentenced to death were forgiven by the families of the murder victims









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