News : Human rights
- Published: Thursday, 18 July 2019
By INU Staff
INU - Reports from Iran indicate that a number of prisoners have been executed this week. On Tuesday, four prisoners in Orumieh (Urmia) prison were executed. They have been named as Hayman Banawand, Jafar (Iman) Mohammadi, Mohammad-Aref (Jahangir) Najafian and Mahmood Khaledi. They day before their execution, they were taken from their cells into solitary confinement. They had been charged with murder.
Two other prisoners in Orumieh Prison were executed a day later after being transferred to solitary confinement on Tuesday. Their families had been offered to visit them for the final time. These two prisoners were arrested for drug-related crimes. They have been identified as Moharam Nemati and Asgar Bartar.
Also on Tuesday this week, another prisoner was executed in the Markazi Province in central Iran. This prisoner, also charged with murder, was executed in public in Khondab city.
On Wednesday morning, a prisoner in Bandar Mahshahr in southwest Iran was hanged.
A female prisoner from Noshahr Prison in the northern part of the country was also hanged on the same day. The IRNA news agency reported that Seyyed Farzad Hosseini, the General and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Kelardasht, announced this execution. The woman is said to have been 43-years old and another outlet identified her by the initials Z.S.M.
The execution of this prisoner marks the 90th woman that has been executed in the country since President Hassan Rouhani took office six years ago.
Only last month, Fatemeh Nassiri was hanged in Gohardasht (Rajaii-Shahr) Prison in Karaj. She had spent 11 years in jail.
The Iranian regime is continuing to spread its campaign of terror across the country, so desperate to calm the dissent that is palpable. The people of Iran have made it very clear that they want regime change and the regime sees the people as one of the biggest threats to its existence – if not the biggest threat.
Iran is responsible for the biggest amount of executions per capita in the world. Human rights organisations have been warning about Iran’s numerous human rights violations and the lack of free speech.
Minorities in Iran are especially denied human rights, and religious minorities are particularly targeted by the Iranian regime. Women are not treated by the regime as equals and they are discriminated against in many areas of life. Human rights activists, lawyers, workers, labour unions, environmentalists, and so on, are arbitrarily arrested and thrown in jail so frequently.
Amnesty International described 2018 as the “year of shame” for the Iranian regime, pointing to its many acts that fall short of international norms and even its own civil code. It noted a severe deterioration in the human rights situation and denounced it for imprisoning large numbers of people who voiced dissent.
Amnesty International has also slammed the regime for retaining the death penalty in law, saying that it is extremely concerning that the country is executing so many people, including people who were minors (under the age of 18) at the time of their crimes.