Iran under pressure to abolish death penalty for drug trafficking

Several European countries cut off financial contributions to republic’s counter-narcotics campaign
The Guardian (UK)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Iran is under pressure to end its use of death penalty against drug traffickers after facing a serious shortfall in the international funding of the country’s counter-narcotics campaign. An increasing number of European countries have decided to cut off contributions even though the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) last year approved a five-year country partnership programme for Iran that was aimed at providing about $20m (then £14.4m).