UN Secretary General: On Death Penalty, Iran Must Do More
September 28, 2018
Today, the world’s attention is focused on US-Iran relations, sanctions, and the nuclear issue. Human rights have not been included in past negotiations with Iran, and thousands have been executed. Iran’s international obligations regarding the death penalty and justice for all citizens are unconditional, and Iranians deserve for them to be respected independent of any political or strategic consideration. As the human rights community inside and outside Iran continues to document violations by Iran’s judiciary, the international community should remember that judicial officials can and must act to fulfill their obligations - a goal they in fact moved toward with last year’s drug reform - and bring an end to the death penalty in Iran.
 Other countries cited for concern over lack of fair trial in death penalty cases comprise Bangladesh, Egypt, Iraq, the Sudan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States