Outrage over Iran’s MASS-EXECUTION of 28 as rights abuses ‘worsens’Published by International Liberty Association on September 7, 2016
IRAN must put an immediate end to the hanging and torture of political prisoners following the mass execution of 28 men, an activist has demanded.
The shocking killings by the Islamic Republic come a week after the Foreign Office said Iran’s human rights abuses are getting worse.
Rights campaigner Ahmad Ebrahimi, who was born in Iran but now lives in London with his son, lost many close friends and family members at the hand of the “tyrannical” Iranian regime.
He warned the international community must become more involved and help put an end to deaths, which he believes have seen an increase in the last 10 years.
His comments come as 28 Sunni prisoners were suddenly executed before their families could even say goodbye – just days after a report into human rights abuses claimed the situation “has worsened”.
Despite Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promising to improve the freedoms of his people, the situation in the Middle East continues to anger activists.
An estimated 966 to 1,025 people were executed last year, the highest number in a decade, with 170 recorded executions in the first six months of 2016.
Now Ahmad Ebrahimi, the president of the former Iranian political prisoners association in the UK, says the barbaric punishment – which is even handed out for minor crimes such as drug offences – must stop.
During his time in Iran, Mr Ebrahimi – who was himself a political prisoner for 10 years – personally watched as his friends were taken away to be killed.
He told Express.co.uk: “Being in prison was just everything horrible, from their care of the political prisoners to whatever I saw – the abuses I saw there.
“Every time was different, there was nothing the same. We never knew what to expect. Sometimes we would not be given food, sometimes we would be tortured.
“We lost many friends, noticed the people disappearing. People were called and taken from their cells and, we learned after, went to their so-called court.
“Then the people would come back to their rooms, to their cells, and when they were called again they were taken to be executed. With bullets.
“We counted the bullets after, to see how many lives had been taken.”
The father-of-one was just one of thousands of prisoners locked up for their support of leftist factions, such as the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, and was inside during the 1988 mass executions in which as many as 30,000 dissidents mysteriously disappeared.
After 10 years inside, Mr Ebrahimi was later released and fled to Britain to begin a new life with his family – saying he chose the UK because he wanted his children to have a “high standard” of human rights after years of having his own abused.
Now he fights against the Iranian regime, campaigning for more to be done from around the world to overthrow the government.