(ANSA) - ROME, JAN 27 - The Iranian authorities have so far executed 55 people in the first 26 days of 2023. The Norwegian NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR) denounced it, adding that the growing use of the death penalty is intended to spread terror " in the country rocked by protests.
Four people were executed on charges related to the protests, while most of those hanged were executed for drug-related offences, according to the same source. The NGO did not specify why they were executed the other 14 inmates sentenced to death.
At least 107 people are at risk of being executed as a result of the protests, having been sentenced to death or charged with crimes carrying the death penalty, the IHR added.
"Every execution by the Islamic Republic is political", because the main purpose "is to spread fear and terror in society", she underlined.
"To stop the murderous machinery of the state, no executions should be tolerated, political or otherwise," added IHR director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam.