Iran regime on track to execute more than 1000 people this year – UN

Iran regime on track to execute more than 1000 people this year – UN

Published by on October 28, 2015

ahmad-shahid-300Iran’s regime could be on track to execute more than 1,000 people this year, a U.N. investigator said on Monday.
U.N. special rapporteur on Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, suggested that human rights violators in Iran should be named and shamed and targeted with sanctions such as a travel ban.

Shaheed said “there have been rising executions” in Iran and that women are still treated as second-class citizens, Reuters reported.

Some 700 people have already been executed in Iran in 2015 and the regime is “possibly on track to exceed a 1,000 by the end of the year,” Shaheed said. He has reported that at least 753 people were executed in Iran in 2014.

He also criticized Tehran for jailing some 40 journalists during the year for vague charges.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report in August that promises by the Iranian regime’s President Hassan Rouhani of greater freedoms for the country have not resulted in any major improvements in human rights and freedom of expression.

Shaheed is due to brief a General Assembly human rights committee this week.

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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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