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Digital Journal: Op-Ed: Meanwhile, Iran is hanging one person every twelve hours

January 29, 2011- It is understandable that the eyes of the world be turned towards Tunisia and Egypt, but meanwhile Iran is quietly and efficiently hanging people at an alarming rate. The tempo has increased since the New Year, with 66 victims as of today and counting.
The Canadian Press reports that the Iranian ambassador to Holland was summoned to the Dutch Foreign ministry yesterday after the Dutch government learned from Iranian state TV that a Dutch-Iranian woman had been hanged in Iran.

The woman, Zahra Bahrami, had been charged with possessing and selling cocaine, although she had been in prison since December 2009 when she was arrested on charges of committing ‘security crimes’ during the upheaval which followed the Iranian presidential elections. Dutch diplomats were not allowed to visit her during her time in prison because Iran does not recognize the principle of dual nationality.

Bahrami was not the only woman to be sentenced to hang in Iran. Sakineh Ashtiani was sentenced to death by hanging in 2006 for alleged adultery, then the sentence was upped to 99 lashes followed by stoning to death before the authorities decided to revert to hanging her instead after intense international pressure. She is still in prison awaiting her fate.

Iran has been hanging people with renewed zeal since the beginning of 2011 and France 24 International News says that 66 people have been hung there since January 1st according to AFP figures based on media reports. That’s one person every 12 hours as of yesterday.

Many of them were hung for alleged drug trafficking, although homosexuals and political activists have suffered the same fate.