Six Sunni Kurds hanged in prison, another man hanged in public in Iran

Six Sunni Kurds hanged in prison, another man hanged in public in Iran

Published by on March 6, 2015

Wednesday 4 March the clerical regime hanged six Sunni political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison in the city of Karaj. The killins took place in defiance of international call for halting these executions. According to a last plea by Amnesty International the 6 Sunni Kurds “were sentenced to death by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran after being convicted of the vaguely worded offence of ‘enmity against God’ (moharebeh)”.

Hamed Ahmadi, Jahangir Dehghani, Jamshid Dehghani, Kamal Molaee, Hadi Hosseini and Sediq Mohammadi were executed without due process of law a day after Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General highlighted Iran’s abysmal rights abuses in a report published by his office on Tuesday in which he called Iran’s rate of executions ‘deeply troubling’.

Iranian regime executed another man in public in the city of Darab (southern Iran) on Wednesday.

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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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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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