Disabled man hanged in western Iran prisonPublished by International Liberty on January 3, 2016
Iran’s fundamentalist regime on Saturday hanged a disabled man in a prison in Khoramabad, western Iran.
The executed prisoner was identified as Mehdi Ranjkesh. He had spent the past five years behind bars.
Ranjkesh, who was accused of a drugs-related charge, was both physically and mentally disabled and was denied proper medical treatment while in prison.
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.