The mysterious executions at Vakilabad prison in Mashhad in eastern Iran were also highlighted in the report. The report, which will be presented to the U.N. General Assembly today, detailed numerous abuses from the denial of women’s rights to torture.
The most shocking data, however, pertains to the skyrocketing rate of executions. The report, obtained by AFP, said 200 officially announced executions had taken place in 2011, with at least 83 in January alone. “Furthermore, authorities reportedly conducted more than 300 secret executions at Vakilabad prison in 2010,” the report said. Human Rights Watch counted 388 executions in Iran in 2010, while Amnesty International put the figure at 252, ranking Iran second only to China in the number of people put to death last year.