Geneva: The United Nation`s top human rights
official says Iran has executed at least 66 people this year,
based on Iranian press reports her office has reviewed.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said
today the alarming number of executions, two of them public,
were mostly due to drug offenses, but at least three
executions were of political prisoners.
Pillay said her office repeatedly urged Iran to halt
executions, but instead authorities appeared to have
accelerated their use.
Tehran does not officially publish the number of
executions in the country.
Iran`s UN mission in Geneva had no immediate comment
The Dutch government froze official contacts with Iran to
protest the hanging of a Dutch-Iranian woman in Tehran on