Mothers of Iran’s murdered dissidents speak out

Mothers of Iran’s murdered dissidents speak out

Published by on October 28, 2015

The mother of Reyhaneh Jabbari, an Iranian woman in her twenties who was executed a year ago for killing an Iranian intelligence agent who had attempted to rape her, spoke out against the injustices in Iran by the mullahs’ regime at a gathering on Sunday at Tehran’s Behesht Zahra Cemetery to mark the first anniversary of her daughter’s execution.

Sholeh Pakravan said there are “hundreds and hundreds” of mother’s in Iran who cannot sleep at night because their sons and daughters have been snatched away from them by the authorities in Iran.
Iran’s fundamentalist regime last year executed Ms. Pakravan’s daughter, Reyhaneh Jabbari, at the age of 26.

Ms. Pakravan was joined at the ceremony by Ms. Gohar Eshghi, the mother of dissident Iranian web-logger Sattar Beheshti who was tortured to death in prison in Iran in 2012. Ms. Eshghi said she did not fear what the regime might do to her and she vowed to be the voice of her late son to bring his murderers to justice.

Despite a clampdown on anti-regime gatherings and a heightened security presence around Reyhaneh’s grave, brave Iranians, including the families of the martyrs of the 1980s prison massacre and the 2009 anti-regime uprising, took part in the ceremony. Among the attendees was Dr. Mohammad Maleki, the first Chancellor of the University of Tehran following the 1979 revolution.

Plainclothes agents of the regime photographed the attendees on their departure.
When she was just 19 years old, Ms. Reyhaneh Jabbari was working as a decorator when she was forced to defend herself against an assault by an intelligence agent. She was jailed for seven years and was executed on October 25, 2014 despite an international campaign to save her.

It is alleged that Ms. Jabbari’s execution had political motives and that it was unlawful even in the framework of the mullahs’ medieval laws. ILA calls for an independent international probe into the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari as an example of arbitrary, extrajudicial and criminal death sentences in Iran that have taken on added dimensions since Hassan Rouhani’s tenure as the regime’s President.

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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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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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