Amnesty International Canada


Stop the execution spree in Iran


Form Section Structure

Add Your Name

Note: Signatures collected on this petition will be delivered to the governemnt of Canada and the United Nations in July. We will include only your first name and country as provided on this form.

Other details you provide will be processed in line with Amnesty International’s privacy policy.


Campaign Section Structure


Action Counter and Offset

785 people have taken action

Photo: Families protest outside of a prison holding signs in Persian that say "no to execution". This is a graphic version of the photo. (copyright private).

The Iranian authorities are carrying out a horrific state-sanctioned killing spree under the guise of judicial executions. Those executed include people convicted of drug-related offences, protesters, political dissidents, and members of oppressed ethnic minorities. Call for states to urgently intervene to pressure the Iranian authorities to halt all executions now.  

What is the problem? 

The Iranian authorities are ruthlessly carrying out an execution spree. Prisons across the country have become sites of mass state-sanctioned killings under the guise of judicial executions. Since the start of 2023, authorities have implemented hundreds of death sentences. In the month of May alone, authorities executed three people a day on average. This arbitrary deprivation of people’s lives must stop. 

Authorities have executed individuals in relation to drug-related offences, protesters and political dissidents. The death penalty is also used to target oppressed minority groups. This year, members of Iran’s Baluchi ethnic minority account for around 20 per cent of recorded executions while making up only about 5 per cent of Iran’s population.  

In the first five months of this year, executions of people convicted of drug-related offences tripled compared to the same period last year, and are predominantly affecting the most impoverished communities. The authorities also executed individuals for their social media posts and for sexual relations between consenting adults.  

The Iranian authorities are intensifying their use of the death penalty as a tool of political repression.  They are using this ultimate cruel and inhuman punishment to torment and terrorize people in Iran and impose silence and subservience through brute force.  

What can you do to help?

Sign the petition and urge states to immediately call on Iran to impose an official moratorium on all executions, send representatives to visit prisons holding people sentenced to death and seek attendance at trials of those charged with capital crimes. Given the crisis of impunity for mass arbitrary executions, states must also pursue meaningful pathways for holding Iranian officials to account.  

Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception regardless of the nature of the crime, the characteristics of the individual, or the method used by the state to carry out the execution. The death penalty is a violation of the right to life and the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.


To: The International Community 

This year, Iranian authorities have significantly increased the number of overall executions for all crimes, with at least 282 people executed iso far in 2023. This is nearly double the number of executions recorded at the beginning of June 2022. If the authorities continue to carry out overall executions at this alarming pace, they could kill nearly a thousand prisoners by the end of this year. The internatinal community must act urgently to end this execution spree.

We urge you to: 

  • Call on Iran to impose an official moratorium on all executions.
  • Send representatives to visit prisons holding people sentenced to death.
  • Attend and observe trials of those charged with capital crimes.
  • Pursue meaningful pathways for holding Iranian officials to account.  



Scripts Block