Iran hangs women on eve of International Women’s Day

Iran hangs women on eve of International Women’s Day

Published by on March 10, 2015

A women's prison in IranAt least two women were hanged on the eve of the International women’s day in a prison in Iran. One of the prisoners identified as Mehrnoosh Qavasi, in her fifties, was executed after serving many years in prison.

Before being transferred to Qezel Hesar Prison in the city of Karaj for execution, the two victims were held in infamous Qarchak (Gharchak) women’s prison in the city of Varamin where conditions are harsh.

The two women were hanged with 10 other prisoners in Qezel Hesar prison as part of new wave of executions in cities across the country.

The executions were carried out in secret without any report being published in the government controlled news media in Iran.

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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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