The rate of reported executions rose sharply during the unrest between the presidential election on 12 June and the inauguration on 5 August – 112 executions were recorded, an average of more than two a day.
The authorities carried out mass executions in January, March, July and August, during which a total of 77 people were executed.
At least 11 people sentenced to die by stoning and at least 136 juvenile offenders remained on death row at the end of the year.
- Delara Darabi, a 22-year-old woman convicted of a crime she allegedly committed when aged 17, was executed on 1 May despite a two-month stay ordered by the Head of the Judiciary.
Amnesty International visits/reports
The authorities continued to deny access to Amnesty International. The organization has not been permitted to visit the country to research human rights since shortly after the Iranian Revolution in 1979.Iran: Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review (1 September 2009)
Human rights in the spotlight on the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution (5 February 2009)
Iran: Election amid repression of dissent and unrest (9 June 2009)
Iran: Election contested, repression compounded (10 December 2009)