17 prisoners executed in 2 days in Iran

17 prisoners executed in 2 days in Iran

Published by on January 11, 2016

Hanging-300In an inhumane act,  the regime of Iran has ratcheted up suppression in fear of expansion of popular protests on the verge of the sham elections, particularly the use of the brutal death penalty.

In merely two days, January 6-7, this regime has executed 17 prisoners.

On Thursday, January 7, henchmen carried out a public hanging of a 25-year-old man in Shabestar’s vegetable market (Eastern Azerbaijan Province) and another prisoner in the city of Khoy (Western Azerbaijan Province).

On that same day, three prisoners were hanged in Ardebil central prison and at least one prisoner was executed in Hamadan central prison.

On January 6, three prisoners were hanged in Urmia central prison, five prisoners in Karaj’s Gohardasht (Rajai Shahr) Prison, and three prisoners in Karaj Central Prison.

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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.

We, the undersigned, hereby urge you to take up this issue and raise it in the General Assembly in order to;

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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