Seven more hanged, 2 in public, in Iran

Seven more hanged, 2 in public, in Iran

Published by on August 22, 2015

hanging-youthSeven more prisoners were hanged this week in Iran raising further alarms to the rapid rise of execution spree by the regime. Two of the victims were hanged in public.

According to reports from Iran five prisoners were hanged at dawn on Wednesday in the notorious Gohardasht Prison, north-west of Tehran. Another two men were hanged in public on Tuesday in the city of Zanjan (north-west Iran).

The sharp increase in the number of executions in Iran has been criticised by UN observers, UH Human Rights chief, and Amnesty International. Yet western governments are refusing to hold Iran accountable for its abysmal human rights violations in order not to be left behind in the Gold Rush in the aftermath of the nuclear deal that has opened prospects of huge investments in Iran’s oil and gas industry and other financial opportunities.

Linking any dealing with Iran to its human rights record is the right ethical policy to be pursued.

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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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