Mother of political prisoner on death row calls for a fair and open trial of her son

Mother of political prisoner on death row calls for a fair and open trial of her son

Published by on May 5, 2018

Dayeh Sharifeh, the mother of the Kurdish political prisoner on death row, Ramin Hossein Panahi, has called for an open trial of her son and challenged the Revolutionary Guards’ charges against him.

Ramin Hossein Panahi was scheduled to be executed on Thursday, May 3 but his execution was postponed after a social media campaign draw international attention to his case. He has since been returned to the general ward of the Central Prison of Sanandaj. His niece, Nishtman Hossein Panahi, committed suicide on 1 May 2018 after hearing that her uncle was set to be executed the following days.

In a message published in social media on May the 3rd, Mrs Dayeh Sharifeh said:

Since the first day when Ramin was arrested, we demanded that his trial be open. Ramin is absolutely innocent.

He had come to Sanandaj just to visit me. Now if the Justice Ministry is telling the truth, they should also disseminate what Ramin and I have said.

“False charges have been levelled by the IRGC to cover up their own crimes by sending Ramin to the gallows.

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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.
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