Saleh Mirhashemi, Majid Kazemi and Saeed Yaqoubi were executed on Friday morning the 19th of May for taking part in protests
In recent months, Iran has witnessed a distressing surge in executions, raising serious concerns about human rights violations in the country. The systematic use of capital punishment has resulted in the loss of numerous lives, leaving families devastated and the international community deeply alarmed.
In May 2023 alone, more than 147 individuals were executed in Iran, marking a shocking escalation in state-sanctioned killings. These executions have not been limited to specific demographics but have affected men, women, and even young adults.
The arbitrary nature of the death sentences is particularly disconcerting, as it denies individuals their fundamental rights to due process and a fair trial. It’s obvious that the regime is trying to instil fear in the society.
Before that, the Iranian regime executed four young men (pictured on the left) who were detained during their involvement in recent protests ignited by the death of Mahsa Amini while in custody. These individuals endured torture and coercion, and were subsequently subjected to highly unjust show trials. The lack of robust condemnation means that this tragic death toll will escalate, as there are currently numerous individuals facing imminent execution as well.
Niloofar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi, (pictured on the right) are two journalists who’s lives are in danger. They have been detained since September 2022. The Iranian judiciary has levied baseless accusations against them. The arrests of these two women followed their publication of information regarding the death of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old who died while in custody on 16th of September 2022.
The continuous practice of transferring death row inmates to solitary cells for the purpose of carrying out their sentences persists. In a recent occurrence on Friday, Parvin Mousavi, a female prisoner, along with two others, was moved to solitary cells in Urmia Prison. Likewise, on Tuesday, three prisoners were relocated to solitary confinement in Shiraz Prison. There have been reports indicating that the judiciary of the regime has recently provided Kerman Prison with a list of 50 death row prisoners for the execution of their sentences.
The Iranian regime’s willingness to commit such abhorrent crimes is unmistakable. The absence of any significant response from the international community in the face of the increasing number of executions acts as a motivation for this regime to continue perpetrating crimes against humanity.
In a remarkable feat of tireless campaigning, advocates and human rights organisations have successfully persuaded the British Foreign Office to take decisive action regarding Iran. On 6th of July 2023, the UK Foreign Office issued a highly anticipated press release, unveiling plans for a robust new sanctions regime aimed at holding Iran accountable for its actions. This significant development comes as a direct result of relentless efforts by activists, who have tirelessly campaigned for justice and transparency. Their unwavering dedication has played a pivotal role in shaping international discourse surrounding Iran and has ultimately led to this impactful outcome.