Seven Sunnis at risk of imminent execution in Iran

Seven Sunnis at risk of imminent execution in Iran

Published by on November 6, 2015

Reports received from inside Iran prisons indicate that Tehran is about to execute seven Sunni prisoners. These seven are held in Gohardasht (Rajai-Shahr) Prison in the city of Karaj, north-west of Tehran.

The death-row prisoners are: Taleb Maleki, Kaveh Waissi, Pouriya Mohammadi, Kaveh Sharifi, Mohammad Yavar Rahimi, Bahman Rahimi and Haidar Rashidi.
Only days before the Persian New Year in March, another six Sunni prisoners were hanged in Gohardasht for their religious beliefs.

Millions in Sunni Muslims in Iran are under suppression and severe discrimination. Iran prevents Sunnis from building mosques and from observing their religious rituals.
Since Hassan Rouhani came to power as the Iran’s President two years ago, more than 2000 people have been executed in Iran.

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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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