Kurdish political prisoner executed in Iran

Kurdish political prisoner executed in Iran

Published by on June 17, 2015

Mansour-Arvand-1Kurdish political prisoner Mansour Arvand, was executed secretly in Miandoab Prison on Sunday 14 June. The regime’s officials gave no prior notice to his family.

Mansour Arvand, the 39-year-old wrestler and coach who was a popular sportsman from Mahabad, was arrested in June 2011. He was sentenced to death for “Moharebeh” [enmity with God] and “propaganda against the system and membership of Kurdish Democratic Party” by the regime’s iniquitous courts while he was deprived of choosing a lawyer. During the four years of imprisonment in various detention centres, including the intelligence units of Mahabad and Evin Prison, he underwent the most severe tortures. He was suffering from various illnesses caused by tortures including renal infection. He was executed despite the fact that he had been told that his sentence had been commuted to life in prison.

Mansour Arvand was among the Kurdish political prisoners who staged a hunger strike at Orumieh Central Prison on 20November 2014 in protest to attempts by the mullahs’ intelligence agents to dissolve the political prisoners’ ward and transfer political prisoners to the ordinary prisoners’ ward. This hunger strike lasted over a month.

The international community must unequivocally condemn the escalating trend of executions in Iran, particularly the execution of political prisoners. Instead of turning a blind eye to the atrocities of this regime under the pretext of nuclear negotiations and “moderating” the criminal mullahs, the dossier of Iranian regime leaders must be sent to International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.


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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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