Help us to stop the executions in Iran

Toomaj Salehi, a dissenting rapper, has been sentenced to death due to his participation in the extensive protests that unfolded in Iran in 2022.

“An execution order has been decreed for Toomaj Salehi,” affirmed Salehi’s attorney, Amir Raesian.

Since his apprehension, the rapper has been confined in solitary confinement and purportedly subjected to torture.

Last week, a court in Isfahan took an unprecedented step by overturning the Supreme Court’s previous ruling on Saleh’s case. Instead, it upheld the initial verdict of “corruption on earth” and handed down the maximum penalty of death. His life is in danger.

The Revolutionary Court of Tehran has issued a verdict, sentencing Marzieh Farsi (left) and Forough Taghipour (right), both political detainees, to 15 years in prison each.

The accusations against them include charges of ‘revolt’ and alleged ‘ties with opposition groups,’.

Under the stringent laws of the regime, being charged with ‘revolt’ carries grave consequences, potentially leading to capital punishment.

Since their arrest on December 9, these political prisoners have been denied legal representation and a fair trial.

Their lives are in danger.

Reza (Gholamreza) Rasaei, an Iranian Kurdish individual, faces the threat of execution in connection to the nationwide protests in Iran from September to December 2022. After an egregiously unjust trial, on October 7, 2023, Branch Two of Criminal Court 1 in Kermanshah province found him guilty of “murder” and handed down a death sentence, relying on coerced “confessions” tainted by torture as “evidence.”

Reza’s life is in danger and he can be executed any moment. We have to be his voice and your help will empower us to take urgent action.

Unfortunately, the regime’s prisons have turned into sites of mass killings. Since the war in Gaza, more than 440 people have been executed.

On the morning of Thursday, April 11, 2024, the death sentence of 19-year-old Marjan Hajizadeh and her 29-year-old husband, Esmail Hassaniani, was carried out in Zanjan Central Prison.

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.

Mohammad Karami, Majidreza Rahnavard, Mohsen Shekari and Mahommad Hosseini, four protestors executed by the regime in Iran

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.

After much pressure on the UN human rights chief Volker Türk, he urged for an independent inquiry into the continuous lethal violence targeting protesters in Iran, and the Human Rights Council has established a fact-finding mission concerning the protests that commenced on September 16, 2022.

This fact finding mission is led by Sara Hossain of Bangladesh, Shaheen Sardar Ali of Pakistan and Viviana Krsticevic of Argentina

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.

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What we do

  • Organizing meetings, demonstrations, events and grand gatherings to echo the voice of the prisoners of conscience.
  • Gathering information on prisoners of conscience, their suffering in prisons as well as details about their condition.
  • Exposing the regime’s crimes and atrocities through publications, satellite broadcast and social media.
  • Letter writing campaigns.
  • Petition campaigns