Executions and crackdowns continue unabated in Iran

Executions and crackdowns continue unabated in Iran

Published by on April 19, 2015

execution 1111Several prisoners have been executed en masse in the Iranian city of Karaj, with more slated for execution soon afterward, The Human Rights Activists News Agency reported.

Drug crimes reportedly account for the vast majority of executions in the Iran, holding the record for per-capita rate of execution in the world. The United Nations notes that drug crimes do not rise to the level of severity that allows a nation to justify capital punishment.

According to Human Rights orgnisations, the process of Iranian jurisprudence and the frequency of politically-motivated arrests in Iran make it difficult to be confident that all victims of mass-executions are guilty of their crimes. In fact the brother of one of the most recently executed Karaj inmates insists that his brother was neither a user nor a dealer of drugs and that he was essentially declared guilty by association.

HRANA reports that still more prisoners have been moved into solitary confinement in Karaj, generally a sign that their execution may be imminent. No more details are available thus far, so it is unclear how many more people are facing hanging and when this latest round of executions might stop.

Overall, the rate of executions has only increased throughout the country since the election of the supposedly ‘moderate’ president Hassan Rouhani. That same trend can be seen in escalating discrimination against minorities and women and in new state censorship measures.

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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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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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