Iran has executed two men for blasphemy charges. The men were accused of insulting the Quran and Prophet, and belonged to 15 groups that despise Islam and prophets and support atheism, according to Iranian authorities. Yusuf Mehrdad and Sadrola Fazeli were both hanged for their alleged crimes. The news of their executions was reported by a news website affiliated with Iran’s judiciary.
Reports suggest that both Mehrdad and Fazeli spread hatred towards Islam, promoted atheism and insulted the religion through social media. Mehrdad was found to have footage of burning Quran on his phone, further adding to his charges.
It is not known when the two men were executed, but this recent move by Iran has drawn widespread criticism from human rights groups across the globe. Blasphemy charges in Iran can carry the death penalty, which has raised concerns among activists who believe that the law is being used to silence dissent.
Iran has previously been criticized for its human rights record, with its treatment of dissidents, women’s rights and religious minorities coming under heavy scrutiny. The recent executions of Mehrdad and Fazeli have once again sparked debate about Iran’s strict laws on blasphemy, and the need to protect freedom of speech and expression.
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