Another 12 prisoners hanged in Iran

Another 12 prisoners hanged in Iran

Published by on March 8, 2015

According to reports from Iran at least 12 prisoners were hanged in Ghessel Hessar prison in the Iranian city of Karaj on Saturday.

The group of prisoners included men identified as Asghar Mir-adli, Adel Salmanzadeh, Abdullah Lozomi, Hossein Rostami, Mohsen Alipour, Sadegh Mohamad Ahooie. Mohammad Mahmoudi and Massoud Moahmaadi.

Hassan Rouhani’s Interior Minister said on Thursday “Drug traffickers must be hanged and the judiciary should not have any mercy in dealing with these individuals.”

Iran is known for hanging political prisoners for trumped up drug related charges.

The minister’s remarks and the subsequent executions follow a UN report expressing concerns about rights violations in Iran. The Secretary General’s report described the high rate of executions in Iran ‘deeply troubling.’

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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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