Iran has already carried out 40 executions since the start of 2014, according to Amnesty International. In a 16 January statement, the rights group said at least 33 people had been executed in the past week. “Since the beginning of 2014, Amnesty International has recorded 21 executions which were officially acknowledged by the Iranian authorities, as well as 19 additional executions reported through reliable sources,” the statement said. Most of those executed had been convicted of drug-related offences. One individual convicted of murder underwent a public execution on 14 January in Saveh, Markazi Province.