Ten more prisoners hanged in Iran

Ten more prisoners hanged in Iran

Published by on August 19, 2015

execution-sceneAnother 10 prisoners, including at least two Afghan citizens, were hanged in southern Iran on Monday. International human rights institutions must call on governments to tie any new relation with the Iranian regime to an end to executions and inhumane punishments.

Six prisoners identified as Siamak Fadaii, 24; Zaher Amroddin, 24 (an Afghan citizen); Vazirahmad Amroddin, 22 (Afghan); Amir-Hossein Abdol-Khaleq, 22; Mansour Mehdizadeh, 68; and Gholam Fayezi, 28, were hanged in southern port of Bandar Abbas.

Another four prisoners accused of drug related charges, were hanged in Minab, 80 kilometers east of Bandar Abbas. They were identified as Saadat Shah Karam Zahi (Rigi), Issa Omar Zehi and two others identified only by their last names Shahnavazi and Jedgal.

The rate of executions in Iran has been increasingly since the nuclear deal with the West. Fearful of another popular uprising like in 2009, the regime is resorting to group executions to terrorise the population.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in a recent statement called on Iran to stop the executions spree.

ILA calls on its supporters to write to the UN and other international human rights institutions to call on governments to put economic pressure on Iranian government to stop these barbarous executions and inhumane punishments like amputations of arms and limbs and eye gouging. Ties with Iran should be condotioned to an end to executions and torture.

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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.
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