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NCRI - The Iranian regime executed seven prisoners on Thursday in the central prison of the city of Kermanshah in western Iran,state-run news network reported.

The prosecutor general of the Kermanshah province said: "Five of them were sentenced to death for having 102 kilogram drugs but two others were sentenced to death for murder."

The report gave no further information on the name, gender or age of the victims.

The executions takes place a day after the United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, and on summary executions, Christof Heyns, called on the Iranian regime to urgently halt the abrupt surge in hangings in the country since the start of 2014.

“We are dismayed at the continued application of the death penalty with alarming frequency by the authorities, despite repeated calls for Iran to establish a moratorium on executions,” the independent experts said, stressing “the inherently cruel, inhuman and degrading nature of the death penalty.”

At least 40 persons have been reportedly hanged in the first two weeks of January, of which at least 33 executions were carried out in the past week alone. 625 executions, including at least 28 women and a number of political prisoners were reported to have been carried out in 2013.

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