Amnesty International's latest statistics on the death penalty indicate that last year Iran's execution rate nearly doubled compared to 2005, with at least 177 people killed. Across the world, at least 1,591 prisoners were executed by their own governments in 25 countries last year.
According to reports received by the British Ahwazi Friendship Society (BAFS), around 17 Ahwazi Arabs were executed by the Iranian regime. At least 10 of these were political prisoners. The executions of Ahwazi Arabs were carried out after secret one-day trials which were condemned as flawed by UN experts, the European Parliament, members of the British Parliament, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and various Arab and Iranian human rights organisations and activists. Click here for BAFS's reports on the execution of Ahwazis.
With the number of Ahwazis estimated at up to 4.5 million, an Ahwazi Arab is around 13 times more likely to be executed than the global average and 30 per cent more likely than the average Iranian. While Ahwazi Arabs account for just 0.08 per cent of the global population, Ahwazi Arabs comprised around one per cent of global executions.