Another 5 prisoners hanged together in Iran prison

Another 5 prisoners hanged together in Iran prison

Published by on September 3, 2015

hanging-youthIran hanged five prisoners in the Central Prison of Karaj, north-west of Tehran yesterday, Wednesday 2 September. The prisoners were between the ages of 28 and 30.

Four of them were identified as Mostafa Akhundzadeh, Hossein Jalali, Majid Rezai, and Hamid Farji. The fifth prisoner was not identified.

On Tuesday too, the brutal regime hanged four prisoners in the north-western city of Tabriz and the western city of Sanandaj. Another prisoner was hanged in public in the southern city of Bandar Abbas on Monday.

The rise in executions in Iran has been attributed to the softening relations with the west. Incapable to meet the legitimate demands of the people and fearful of another uprising like the ones in 2009, the regime is resorting to executions to silence the people. Hassan Rouhani, the so called ‘moderate’ president of Iran endorsed the executions in a public sermon in 2014 as ‘sanctioned by the parliament and/or God’.

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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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