News : Human rights
- Published: Monday, 09 September 2019
An Iranian human rights watchdog has issued a report into human rights abuses in Iran for the month of August, which makes for horrific reading. Iran is besieged by economic, social, and political crises and Iran Human Rights Monitor reports that, in an attempt to silence dissent, the Regime has increased its crackdown on Iranians.
This includes executing at least 41 people, with two executions taking place in public. These executions include political prisoners Abdullah Karmollah Chab, Ghassem Abdullah, and, Hamidreza Derakhshandeh. It’s important to remember that the exact number of executions is definitely higher because most executions in Iran are carried out in secret.
The Iranian Regime also continued to torture prisoners, with several reports of beatings and floggings carried out in jails, including that of Sufi prisoner of conscience Elham Ahmadi receiving 74 lashes before her departure.
Other inhumane treatment of prisoners has continued, with Iranian authorities refusing to allow medical care for political prisoners Majid Assadi, who suffers from Ankylosing spondylitis (AS), digestive problems, and sight problems, and Arash Sadeghi, who has cancer and a paralysed right arm due to lack of care in prison.
Amnesty International said: “The deliberate refusal by the authorities to provide Arash Sadeghi with medical care constitutes torture as defined in international law, since such deprivation is intentionally inflicting severe pain or suffering, apparently for the purpose of punishing him for his high-profile activism as a human rights defender and in reprisal for his peaceful hunger strike between October 2016 and January 2017, which attracted a major public outcry on his case. The denial of his access to life-saving medical care also violates his right to life.”
While Farangis Mazloum, the mother of political prisoner Soheil Arabi, is being kept in indefinite solitary confinement, and political prisoner Mohamamd Saber Malak-Raisi has been tortured for three months.
The Iranian Regime has also cracked down on lawyers and human rights defenders, with their 24-year sentence against Saba Kordi Afshari for protesting the forced veil. They’ve also cracked down on freedom of religion by arresting at least seven members of Iran’s Baha’i community and increased their suppression of ethnic minorities by arresting at least 30 Kurds, three Arabs and a Baluch man. The Regime’s suppressive forces also shot dead at least six Kurdish porters and two Baluch men under the pretext of smuggling, while 10 other Kurdish porters were wounded.