Public executions in Iran on the rise to further intimidate the people

Public executions in Iran on the rise to further intimidate the people

Published by on September 21, 2017

Faced with numerous demonstrations and strikes by various groups of people, the Iranian regime has increased the number of public executions across the country in order to intensifying the atmosphere of terror and intimidation in the society.

Often children are among those who witness public executions with a lasting scar on their minds and lives.

Between 12 to 20 September, five prisoners, including a 27-year-old in Islamabad, another in Anbarabad city in Kerman province, a prisoner in Modarres Blvd in Ilam, a prisoner at the Salmas municipality square, and another prisoner in Pars Abad, Moghan, in Ardebil province, were hanged in front of the public eyes.

Also six prisoners were hanged in the prisons of Ardebil, Boroujerd, Khorramabad, Mashad and Zanjan on September 18 and 19 including a woman.

On 19 September, a 23-year-old man who was originally sentenced to three years in prison for robbery was quickly executed in Ardabil prison based on a new trumped-up charge.

He was hanged along with another prisoner while their hands and feet were in the chain. On the order of Ardabil prosecutor, about 50 prisoners were forced to watch the execution of their cellmates.

Also 13 prisoners have been transferred to solitary cells of Gohardasht Prison awaiting execution.

ILA calls on all international human rights organizations and the United Nations Human Rights Council to do whatever is necessary to urgently and effectively stop the executions in Iran. In the past 38 years the ruling mullahs have resorted to a killing machinery to keep their power with impunity. The time has come for the International Criminal Court to investigate and bring to justice those Iranian leaders who are responsible for unlawful, unjustified and arbitrary executions.

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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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