Iran's Regime Still Hangs Its Citizens; International Community Shamefully Silent

 Monday, August 8, 2016 4:27:29 PM

At least 20 Kurdish men were hanged at Rajai Shahr prison on August 2 which is named as "Black Monday" by the prominent human rights activist Moustafa Rahmani.


Iranian authorities had executed 20 Kurdish men, who were sentenced to death for "Moharebeh" (enmity against God), in Rajai Shahr prison on early Tuesday August 2, 2016. The detainees had been taken (handcuffed and blindfolded) into an isolation at night on Monday while a "Tweet Storm" was running in support of Shahram Ahmadi by volunteer Human Rights activists. At least 100 security guards, who had were armed with pistols, tear gas and shockers, overcame at the prison by direct order of IRGC. IRGC forces presided the prison for hours till mass execution had occurred.

Wardens called the imprisoned Sunni men's families for the last visit before execution on Monday, though, they were asked to identify their loved ones' bodies at Kahrizak Forensics office a few hours later, BCR Group has learned.

"It was a blame game to bring more pressure upon the relatives, yet, no Human Rights organization remarked a considerable statement", a Human Rights activist, who locates in Iran, anonymously told the rights group.

"On Monday evening, we were just informed that Hall 10 at Rajai Shahr prison was empty with no updates about the imprisoned Sunni men's destination", the anonymous source added.

The death sentences were all recently issued at Branch 28 of Tehran's Revolutionary Court, presided by the corrupt judge known as Mohammad Moghiseh. All 35 Kurdish men were reportedly subjected to severe physical and psychological torture to confess to the ambiguous charges of "Moharebeh", "acting against national security", and "propaganda against the regime of Iran."

"The men attempted to explain in court that their confessions were false and extracted under torture, insisting that their activities were peaceful and included: preaching in public places such as mosques and universities, participating in religious meetings, distributing religious books and CDs, funding religious ceremonies, and providing seminary courses. The men were reportedly denied legal representation and did not have a lawyer present when Judge Moghiseh used their forced confessions to sentence them to death", Persian2English reported.

"Iran's mass execution of prisoners on August 2 at Rajai Shahr prison is a shameful low point in its human rights record", Sarah Leah Whitson the Middle East Director of HRW said.


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With at least 230 executions since January, Iran still skyrockets the rank of death penalty in the world.

Shahram Amiri, the Iranian Nuke scientist, were hanged on August 7, 2016. He had been kept at prison since 2010, and was executed for alleged spying for Washington, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'I the judiciary spokesman confirmed.

90% of executions in Iran belongs to drugs-related crimes, the head of the human rights council in the judiciary Mohammad-Javad Larijani said.

"Neither human rights situation nor economy have been so far improved since the six super powers agreed a nuclear treaty with Iran."

Iranian authorities have been continuing the systematic violence against citizens in the country, yet international community astonishingly keeps silent.  


By: Kaveh Taheri