Iran: 21 prisoners executed in the first week of the New Year

Iran: 21 prisoners executed in the first week of the New Year

Published by on January 8, 2015

The Iranian regime’s henchmen hanged a 21-year-old man in the main prison in the city of Qazvin. The prisoner who was executed on early Tuesday morning was identified as A. Kaymasy Salkhory.

From the beginning of the year, the Iranian regime has executed at least 21 prisoners. On New Year’s Day, 14 inmates were executed.

Three prisoners were hanged in public in a city in northwestern Iran on Sunday.

At least 1,200 people have been executed since Rouhani became president, including political prisoners.

The executions are being carried out to create fear and intimidation in society and to prevent any public expression of dissent against the regime.

The United Nations General Assembly last month slammed the violations of human rights by the Iranian regime.

The resolution criticized the Iranian regime’s use of inhuman punishments, including flogging and amputations.

The UN’s 61st resolution also censured the mullahs’ dictatorship ruling Iran for the rise in executions, public executions

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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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