An Iranian judiciary official says the Islamic republic is working to change its law related to drug-trafficking crimes in order to reduce the number of executions.
In an interview with France 24, Javad Larijani, the secretary of the judiciary’s Human Rights Council, said if the change passes the parliament, almost 80 percent of Iran’s executions will go away.
Iran has one of the world’s highest rates of executions.
In his latest report to the UN General Assembly, the United Nations special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, said at least 852 people have been executed in Iran since July 2013.
“No one is happy to see the number of executions is high,” Larijani said in his December 5 interview with the French news channel.