Three Kurdish Political Prisoners, Were Executed

Three Kurdish Political Prisoners, Were Executed

Published by on September 8, 2018

Three Kurdish political prisoners, Ramin Hossein Panahi, Zaniar and Loghman Moradi, were executed. Despite Iranian, Kurdish and international efforts to stop the executions, Iranian authorities executed these three long-time Kurdish prisoner Ramin Hossein Panahi, along with Zaniar and Loghman Moradi, 0n 8 September.

ars News agency, affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards, reported the three prisoners were hanged early on 8 September.

Ramin Hossein Panahi, who was sentenced to death on 16 January this year, sewed his lips together and started a hunger strike on 26 August in protest at his death sentence and ill-treatment.

Zaniar and Loghman Moradi had been sentenced to death by public hanging based on forced confessions extracted under torture by the Iranian regime in December 2010.

They had been taken to solitary confinement in Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, to execute the death sentence, on 5 September.

Amnesty International previously issued a statement, calling on Iranian authorities to immediately halt the planned executions of the Iranian ethnic minority Kurds.

In Amnesty International statement you can read: “We urge the Iranian authorities to immediately halt any plans to execute these men, to quash their convictions and sentences, and to order a new trial in proceedings that are in line with international fair trial standards. They must also investigate their torture claims and bring anyone found responsible to justice.”

Two independent United Nations human rights experts, had called on the Iranian Government to halt the execution of three prisoners from the Kurdish community. Agnes Callamard and Javaid Rehman, Special Rapporteurs on arbitrary executions and on the human rights situation in the country, respectively, had said: “We urge the Government of Iran to immediately halt their executions and to annul the death sentences against them in compliance with its international obligations” .

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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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