Amnesty: Executions in Iran up four-fold in 2011

Iran executed four times more people in 2011 than the previous year, according to an Amnesty International report released Tuesday. The public executions, it said, are used by Iranian authorities to strike fear into society.
Among those executed were juvenile offenders, which is illegal under international law. Most of the offenders executed were sentenced for drug offenses, according to the report.
The report also detailed intensifying crackdowns against political opposition figures ahead of elections taking place this week in the country.
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