Executions Up 25-percent Under Raisi Presidency; Iranians From All Walks of Life Respond to the Gospel

Execution by hanging is common practice in Iran. Image is a representative stock photo courtesy of kalhh/Pixabay.

Executions are up 25-percent in Iran, according to a new report from human rights groups in Europe. “The correlation between Raisi’s election and the increase of executions is to be noted,” Edwin Keshish-Abnous of Heart4Iran says.

Iranians chose the hardline Islamic cleric Ibrahim Raisi for president in June last year. More than 50 executions took place in July, the report reveals, and numbers surged again in September and December. At least 333 people were put to death in 2021.

“[People in Iran] can be executed for crimes that are not really considered among the most serious under international law, such as drug trafficking,” Keshish-Abnous says.

“It is also worth mentioning we have had cases in the past [where] Christians have been executed for [their] newfound faith.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


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