Over 60 executed in 10 days in Iran

Over 60 executed in 10 days in Iran

Published by on May 31, 2015

execution-mashhad2-300At least four more prisoners have been hanged during the last 10 days in cities across Iran – raising the total number of victims of this cruel punishment to 63.

The information received from sources inside Iran indicates that two prisoners were hanged last Sunday in Shahab Prison in the city of Kerman. A man identified as Norouz Basiri was sent to the gallows in the main prison in the city of Tabriz. Another 35-year-old man was hanged on Thursday in the city of Gachsaran in southern Iran.

The Iranian regime has not provided any information on the executions that were carried out in Kerman and Tabriz, however on Friday the state-run IRNA news agency published a short report on hangings in the city of Gachsaran.

On the recent spate of executions in Iran, Soona Samsami, NCRI’s US Representative, told IBTimes India on Thursday: “The political climate of repression and censorship in Iran, coupled with lack of due process in the judiciary, create severe difficulties in finding the truth behind Iran’s executions.”

“However, one thing is certain: the regime continues to use the death penalty, not as a deterrent to drug abuse or to stem ordinary crimes, but as a means of inflicting terror in a young and increasing restless and enraged population,” Samsami said.

”Hassan Rouhani’s approval of these barbaric hangings notwithstanding, there is no room for reform in a constitution with a non-representative ‘Supreme Leader’, and a judiciary that executed 30,000 political prisoners in a matter of months in 1988 alone. Ironically, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, one of the three people who sat on the ‘death commission’ that sent these political prisoners, mostly MEK members, to the gallows, is Rouhani’s Justice Minister,” she added.

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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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