U.N. to press ahead with Iran anti-drugs fund despite executions

March 19, 2015 6:21 PM

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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations will go ahead with a multi-million dollar funding package to tackle drug trafficking in Iran despite criticism by rights groups over the use of the death penalty for offenders, a U.N. insider said on Thursday.

Data gathered by human rights campaigners shows nearly half of 753 documented executions in Iran in 2014 were for narcotics-related offences.

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