By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Thursday, 25 February 2016
Shahindokht Molavardi, Hassan Rouhani’s deputy in women and family affairs, referred to a portion of horrific human rights violations in Iran, according to the state-run Mehr news agency.
“We have a village in Sistan & Baluchistan Province in which all the men have been executed,” she said, claiming all the men of this of this village were drug smugglers.
“Their relatives are potential drug smugglers; both in terms of avenging their fathers, and to provide for the financial needs of their families. However, these individuals receive no support at all,” Mehr news agency added citing Molavardi.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, in control of distributing and smuggling drugs in Iran and the Middle East, has turned Sistan & Baluchistan Province in southeast Iran into the main gateway for the entry of narcotics from Afghanistan into Iran. Widespread poverty and historic economic and institutional underdevelopment, especially in the southern areas of this province, has left the locals with no choice but to take part in smuggling drugs.
Iran is one of the world record-holders in implementing executions. Most of the executions are carried out for drug-related charges.