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Easing of Drugs Laws may Spare Hundreds from Gallows

Responding to the news that Iran will implement amended drugs laws and remove capital punishment for some drug trafficking offenses, Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director, said: “Iran’s deadly anti-drugs campaign has had an enormous human toll over the years, resulting in gross human rights violations in the name of […]

68 Tons of Illicit Drugs Seized in SE Iran in 6 Months

Iran’s anti-narcotics police forces have managed to capture 68 tons of illicit drugs in the southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan during a six-month period, the provincial police chief announced on Monday. Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Brigadier General Mohammad Qanbari said during the first six months of the current Iranian year (which began […]

Japan Donates $6.9m to Iranian Projects

The Government of Japan has allocated $6.9 million to five projects in Iran. The assistance, aimed at building a “tolerant and stable society” in the region, will go to the following projects over the next five years: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): $1 million towards the restoration of Lake Urmia “via local community participation in […]

Police Overwhelmed as Drugs from Iran flood Basra

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. In the oil-rich city of Basra in southern Iraq, drug-trafficking gangs are gaining power. Through certain areas on the Iraqi-Iranian border, drugs come in from Iran to be consumed in Basra […]

Health Ministry addresses the Problem of Amphetamine Use

While opium use has been identified as the main drug problem in Iran for centuries, since a decade ago the country has encountered an emerging trend of stimulant use. The main stimulant of use in Iran is methamphetamine – a potent psychostimulant drug which its use is associated with increased risk of HIV transmission, psychosis […]

Iran ‘Key Player’ in Global War on Drugs

By Amir-Pasha Tabrizian, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Shortly after the announcement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in July, thousands of Iranians took to the streets to celebrate the historic nuclear deal. “[Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad] Zarif, thank you,” […]