Execution of 11 prisoners simultaneous with teachers’ protests in Tehran

Execution of 11 prisoners simultaneous with teachers’ protests in Tehran

Published by on July 26, 2015

Execution-ropes-200On Wednesday 22 July, the Iranian regime collectively hanged 10 prisoners in Gohardasht (Rajai Shahr) Prison near Karaj. Another prisoner was hanged on the same day in Esfahan Prison.

These heinous executions were committed concurrent with the protest gathering of Iranian educators who were demanding freedom for imprisoned teachers as well as respect for their trampled rights.

Faced with escalating popular discontent and unable to see to the rightful demands of the majority of the Iranian people who are living under the poverty line, the ruling religious fascists, dubbed the godfather of ISIS by the Iranian people, are constantly ramping up suppression.

In its statement on 23 Jul, Amnesty International referred to the shocking figure of 700 executions in just six months and wrote: “Iran’s staggering execution toll for the first half of this year paints a sinister picture of the machinery of state carrying out premeditated judicially-sanctioned killing on a mass scale.”

The international community must adopt a firm policy vis-à-vis the Iranian regime.


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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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