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The World Day against the Death Penalty

1st October 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm BST

Photo_07_London-1RETIRED LAWYER DAVID HARRIS: “What we know is what goes on in Iran, which is, people who have been condemned for all sorts of spurious offences, including their sexuality or other sexual offences, which Islamists in the mullahs’ regime believe to be wrong, they are executed in public. We’ve all seen the pictures of people suspended from cranes, and of course the whole point of it is not to promote justice but to promote terror; and that is what is so evil about the method of execution in Tehran, it is done in public, not simply to punish someone for wrongdoing but to terrorise the others. It’s a particularly barbaric practice which I absolutely abhor, even more than I abhor the use of the death penalty in other circumstances. So, well, that’s a thought, it’s an appropriate day to make that comment because it’s the international Day Against the Death Penalty, and I think I’m right in saying that some 82 percent of the world’s states now either have completely abolished the death penalty or have at least put a moratorium on it. This shows you how out of step Tehran is with world opinion and, somehow, that must be brought home to the world.”

Photo_07_London-2MALCOLM FOWLER: “When you see cross party parliamentarians upsetting their governments, sticking their necks out, putting themselves out, when you see them, let us not forget that there is no career track there for them; they are doing it, whatever their political persuasions, they are doing it because they believe it is right. And that should, frankly, hearten us.”

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Date:
1st October 2015
Time:
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Unnamed Venue
London, United Kingdom + Google Map

Organiser

International Liberty Association

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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.

Executions must stop.

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