December 2022 NewsLetter Newsletter

Protesters in Iran Face Death Penalty

Iran uses the death penalty more than any other country in the world except China. In 2021, Amnesty recorded at least 314 executions. The authorities are now seeking the death penalty for at least 21 people in sham trials as a means of intimidating participants in the popular uprising and to deter others from joining the movement. The authorities announced that Revolutionary Courts in Tehran have sentenced five unnamed individuals to death for ‘enmity against God’ (moharebeh) and ‘corruption on earth’ (efsad-e fel arz) for crimes including arson, destruction of property and a fatal assault against a member of the security forces during protests in Tehran province. To read Amnesty’s statement, go to and to read its report go to