The report on the alleged unreported executions in Iran or the execution of political prisoners is a downright lie, said Afkham.
Images of a convicted killer being spared by the family of the murder victim.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei has granted clemency or commuted the sentences of a number of convicts.
The crime being committed in different parts of the region and Yemen today is a scandal for those who claim to be supporters of human rights, said the Judiciary spokesman.
The decision was in response to a request by Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani.
The Supreme Leader has pardoned or commuted the prison terms of 809 convicts in a move to mark the anniversary of the formation of the Islamic Republic (April 1).
Iran is skeptical about the ‘unfair and subjective’ performance of the UN special rapporteur, said the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman.
The Judiciary spokesman's comments on a ban on publication of news stories about the former president have drawn reaction.
Zarif expressed concern over the spread of Islamophobia in the West, saying Tehran is concerned about the outflow of terrorists from the West who end up in the Middle East.
The secretary of Iran’s Human Rights Council has said the responsibility to protect people under house arrest lies with the security apparatus.