Amnesty International Monday urged the international community to persuade Iran to stop a six-month campaign of political executions and other "cruel, inhuman or degrading" punishments including torture.

The London-based human rights group said in a statement submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Commission that it had received reports of more than 1,000 executions of political prisoners since July.The commission began its annual meeting Monday in Geneva.

Amnesty International said other human rights violations that have persisted in Iran include detention without trial and amputation, usually of the four fingers of the right hand, of which it said 21 instances had been recorded.

The group also said it was concerned about a massive anti-drug crackdown.