More executions in Iran bring disgrace to Mogherini’s visit

More executions in Iran bring disgrace to Mogherini’s visit

Published by on July 28, 2015

iran-hangingsTwo more prisoners were hanged Monday morning in Iran’s notorious Qezelhesar Prison in the city of Karaj, west of Tehran. At least 18 prisoners have been executed in Iran in the past six days. Another 10 prisoners have been transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for their execution.

The two prisoners executed in Qezelhesar on Monday were identified as Saeid Ganji and Firouz Nouri-Majd.One other prisoner was transferred to solitary confinement on Sunday along with Saeid and Firouz in preparation for their execution.

Nine prisoners, being held in a detention center in Karaj, west of Tehran, were transferred to solitary confinement on Saturday in preparation for their execution. On Sunday, their relatives were told to come to the jail to meet for a final time with their loved ones.

The nine prisoners were identified as Omid Mohammadi-Dara, Mostafa Ghafarzadeh, Omidreza Karampour, Shahriar Hassan-Zadeh, Hossein Afghan, Yareh Hassan-Zadeh, Sasan Salari, Meysam Hosseini-Nejad, and Amanollah Baluch-Zehi.

According to numerous reports the number of prisoners awaiting imminent execution are in fact higher.
Faced with escalating popular discontent and unable to respond to the rightful demands of the majority of the Iranian people who are living under the poverty line, the religious fascism ruling Iran – dubbed the ‘godfather of ISIS’ by the Iranian people – is ramping up suppression.

Last Thursday, Amnesty International said that the Iranian regime has executed an astonishing 694 people between January and July 2015.
“Iran’s staggering execution toll for the first half of this year paints a sinister picture of the machinery of state carrying out premeditated judicially-sanctioned killing on a mass scale,” AI report said.

Since mullah Hasssan Rouhani took office as President, more than 1,800 prisoners have been executed in Iran.

Two Iranian men were hanged on Sunday in the main prison in Bandar Abbas, southern Iran.

The two men, originally from Iran’s Sistan-va-Baluchestan Province, south-eastern Iran, had been imprisoned in Bandar Abbas for the past two years.

Their hanging followed the execution on Saturday of three men in a prison in the city of Ilam, western Iran.
Last Wednesday (22 July), the Iranian regime collectively hanged 10 prisoners in Gohardasht Prison, west of Tehran. Another prisoner was hanged on the same day in Esfahan, central Iran.

The trip to Iran by European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, in the wake of all these executions has been criticised widely. Turning a blind eye on the catastrophic human rights situation in Iran emboldens the mullahs’ regime in stepping up the slaughter of Iranian people. Any relations with the Iranian regime must be contingent upon an improvement of the situation of human rights in Iran, including the release of all political prisoners.

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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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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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