Ramin Faqiri, a 23-year-old Kurdish prisoner from Kangavar, Kermanshah, was executed at Hamedan Central Prison in Iran, Hengaw Organization for Human Rights reported on Saturday.
Faqiri was convicted of drug-related offenses and had been in custody for two years prior to his execution on Wednesday morning.
The execution, which has not been officially announced by Iranian government-affiliated media or the judiciary, brings the total number of executions in Iranian prisons to 800 since the beginning of 2023. This figure, as documented by the Statistics and Documentation Center of the Hengaw Organization, highlights a significant increase in capital punishment within the country.
Ramin Faqiri’s case reflects a concerning trend in the Islamic Republic of Iran, where prisoners, particularly those from ethnic minority groups like the Kurds, are often sentenced to death for offenses such as drug-related crimes. The lack of official acknowledgement of these executions by the Iranian government and judiciary adds a layer of opacity to the already controversial practice of capital punishment in the country.