Iran: Mothers call for end to the death penalty

Iran: Mothers call for end to the death penalty

Published by on October 13, 2016

reyhaneh-2Iranian women and activist mothers who have lost their children under the mullahs’ regime in Iran, spoke out against the executions in Iran on the World Day against the Death Penalty.
In a post on her Facebook, the anti-Death Penalty activist Sholeh Pakravan wrote, “No to executions, long live freedom. October 10 is a special day, the World Day against the Death Penalty. Because of the highest number of executions in our country, every day can be called a day to protest this naked violence. When we see bloodied (trace of noose around the) necks of those executed, we must protest and ask why? The world must also intervene. Combating executions must have priority over any talk. It must be pre-condition to every deal. To combat the death penalty, we need national determination. The people of Iran must unite their voices and say: Executions are enough. No to executions. Long live freedom.”
Ms. Shahin Mahinfar, mother of Amir-Arshad Tajmir who was killed by revolutionary guards in the 2009 uprising, also wrote, “Execution is a medieval sentence which is not appropriate for human beings. Our nation that has suffered loss many of her youths, cries out in one voice: No to executions; No to executions; No to 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.

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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