New wave of executions in Iran

New wave of executions in Iran

Published by on February 22, 2015

Habibullah Afshari, 26 and his brother Ali Afshari, 34, were executed last Thursday (19 February)  for supporting an Iranian Kurdish opposition group. According to reports form Iran at least 30 prisoners have been executed across the country in just four days.

On Tuesday, a group of six people were hanged in the Gohrdasht prison of Karaj. Among them were three men, who have been identified as Vahid Lalabadi, Ayob Farahadi and Amir Davoodi. They had been transferred to isolation prior to hangings. One more prisoner was hanged in Shiraz on the same day.

At least 14 prisoners were executed in the cities of Bam, Uromiyeh and Bandar Abbas on Monday. Six prisoners were hanged in the southern city of Bam, two were hanged in Mashhad, one in Bandar Abbas and another five were executed in the Darya prison of Uromiyeh, which included three men from Kurdistan province and two residents of the Azerbaijan province. One of the victims has been identified as Rahim Soleimani – a 60 years old man who had been imprisoned since 20 years before being sent to the gallows.

On Sunday, a group of four prisoners, who are yet to be identified, were hanged in Adelabad prison, in Shiraz. Two more men, identified as Asghar Shabani and Mehrdad Arbshirin, were executed in Shahab Prison, in Kerman. The fate of Mr Arbshirin’s wife, who was sentenced along with her husband, remains unknown. On Saturday, two Balochi men, identified as Hamed Kahrazhi and Mobasher Mir-Balochzehi, were executed in Chahbahar prison. Another person who is yet to be identified was hanged in the northern city of Rasht.

This disturbing wave of executions is aimed at instilling fear within the population that has been facing repression at the hands of the Iranian regime since Ayatollah Khomeini usurped power in 1979.

Since July 2013 when Hassan Rouhani entered the office, more than 1,200 people have been hanged.

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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.

We, the undersigned, hereby urge you to take up this issue and raise it in the General Assembly in order to;

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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