GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' human rights office on Friday said that it is "deeply concerned" about the high number of executions -- perhaps as many as 95 -- that have occurred in Iran so far, just seven weeks into 2014.
The Geneva-based office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said at least 80 people have been executed in the past seven weeks, seven of them publicly.
It cites "reliable sources" that the number of executions could be as high as 95.
Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said Friday that most of the executions were for drug-related offences that aren't among the "most serious crimes" for which international law allows the death penalty.
Shamdasani said the global body regretted that the reformist government, which came into office last August, didn't change Iran's approach to the death penalty.
Last year between 500 and 625 people were executed in Iran.
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