Urgent: Kurdish Political Prisoners In Imminent Danger Of Execution

Urgent: Kurdish Political Prisoners In Imminent Danger Of Execution

Published by on September 8, 2018

Zanyar and Loghman Moradi have been to solitary confinement and according to Loghman’s father; they are on a dry hunger strike, and a few hours after their transfer, the public phones in Rajai Shahr Prison were cut off without any explanation which is worrying their family.

There are fears that these tow political prisoners and Ramin Hossein Panahi are at immanent risk of execution.

Loghman’s father said that he visited Zaniar and Loghman in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj a few hours ago (in what human rights activists fear is the last visit before execution) and he also said that he fears that they will be hanged on Saturday morning.

Transfer of the Kurd men to solitary confinement for execution has moved the Iranian community all across the world and further outraged the public against the Iranian regime, the world record-holder in executions per capita.

Kurdish people, who are angry and worried over the transfer of Zanyar and Loghman Moradi and the risk of execution, have gathered outside the Marivan’s Friday prayer imam’s office.

Under the hashtag #SaveXaniar_Loghman_Ramin, Iranian social-media users have called on the Iranian authorities to stop the executions.

It is also to say that, UN human rights experts have appealed to Iran to halt the imminent executions of Iranian Kurd prisoners; Zanyar and Loghman Moradi, and showed serious concerns that they did not receive a fair trial and were tortured during pre-trial detention. They also reiterated calls to halt the execution of Mr. Ramin Hossein Panahi.

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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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