10 hanged in Iran over two days

10 hanged in Iran over two days

Published by on January 18, 2016

hanging-iranIran’s fundamentalist regime has executed 10 prisoners within a two-day period.

According to reports received from Iran, the hangings were carried out on Tuesday and Wednesday (January 12-13) in Karaj (north-west of Tehran) and Orumieh (capital of West Azarbaijan province, north-western Iran). Among the ten executed prisoners, four were sentenced to death for drug-related charges and six were sentenced to death under the mullahs’ reactionary law of “Qisas” (retaliation law).

They are part of a terror campaign to divert attention from the failures of the mullahs in their confrontation with the Arab countries, which led to the severing of diplomatic relations by several of these countries with the Iranian regime.

International bodies have repeatedly expressed concerns about unfair trials in Iran leading to these executions, especially because many of the accused are even deprived of the right to have access to a lawyer.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stressed in his report of September 2015 that death sentences in Iran against alleged drug traffickers constitute a violation of the International Convention on Civil Rights and policies.

The human rights situation has been deteriorating rapidly in Iran. More than 2,000 individuals have been executed during Hassan Rouhani’s tenure as President of the regime. This is the highest rate of executions in the past 25 years, and it reflects an increase over figures that had already secured Iran’s place as the nation with the most executions per capita.

On December 17, 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution strongly condemning the brutal and systematic violation of human rights in Iran, in particular the mass and arbitrary executions, increasing violence and discrimination against women and ethnic and religious minorities.

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Dear Secretary General of United Nations,

The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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1. Put pressure on Iran to immediately halt the executions and abolish death penalty in Iran.
2. Call on all Western governments to make any improvement in economic relations with Iran contingent on its human rights record.
3. Demand in its resolution on human rights violations in Iran, to bring the perpetrators of 1988 massacre (one of the worst atrocities the post-war world has ever seen – Geoffrey Robertson-QC) to justice before an international tribunal.

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