Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Iran to halt all executions for drug-related offenses while the parliament discusses amendments to reform the country's drug law.The Iranian parliament is expected to vote in two weeks on amendments that could drastically reduce the number of drug-related executions."It makes no sense for Iran's judiciary to execute people now under a drug law that will likely bar such executions as early as next month,
" HRW's Middle East Director Sarah Leah Whitson said in a July 20 statement.
"It would be the height of cruelty to execute someone today for a crime that would at worst get them a 30-year sentence when this law is amended," Whitson added.
The New York-based rights group said the Norway-based Iran Human Rights Organization, which documents executions in Iran, has recorded the executions of 39 people since July 5 on drug-related charges.
Under Iran's current drug law, the trafficking, possession, or trade of as little as 30 grams of heroin is punishable by death.READ MORE