Iran’s Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, admitted that every man in Sistan andBaluchestan (province) was executed on drug charges. was arguing for increased provision for convicts’ families when she made the admission to the Mehr news agency saying,
“Today their children are potential drug traffickers; either because they will seek revenge for the deaths of their fathers or because they will need to financially provide for their families, as a result of lack of support by the government.”
Ms Molaverdi believes that society was responsible for the families of executed convicts pointing to the reinstatement of a previously cancelled welfare program.
Iran Human Rights translated her remarks and pointed out that several hundred people are hanged each year on drug charges ever year in Iran. The group says the executed are mostly from marginalised groups and ethnic minorities.