Iran executes six Kurds in Urmia, says rights watchdog

File – A hanging rope is pictured (AP)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iran executed six Kurdish citizens on Sunday, said Hengaw Organization for Human Rights.

Hengaw, which monitors human rights abuses in Iranian Kurdistan, said the six Kurds including two brothers were executed in Urmia Central Prison at dawn on Sunday.

“The six people were transferred to solitary confinement yesterday and their families were allowed to see them for the last time,” the organization said in a statement.

They were accused of drug trading, it added.

Iran has long held the dubious distinction of being the “Number Two executioner” in the world after China, according to Amnesty International.

Amnesty said in its annual report that Iran had executed at least 251 people in 2019.

“However, a lack of transparency makes it difficult to confirm the real total number of executions – which may be far higher,” Amnesty said.

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