The arrival of 2021 was celebrated by most of the world as a turning point and a chance to put all the troubles of the previous year behind them, but the Iranian regime has spent the beginning of this year increasing pressure on Iranians, who are already grappling with poverty and the pandemic.
On Sunday, they executed Hadi Hosseini Mirak—a 26-year-old auto-mechanic engineering student and expert at the Iran Khodro institution—in Ardebil Central Prison.
Mirak, who was diagnosed with Wilson’s disease, had attempted suicide days earlier and the doctor prescribed two weeks of rest, but he was killed the day after leaving the hospital, with the prison head claiming that if they didn’t carry out executions, they wouldn’t be able to control prisoners.
Also on Sunday, the regime hanged three inmates in Zahedan prison, including political prisoners Hassan Dehvari and Elias Ghalandar-Zehi, who’d spent seven years in prison. The third prisoner was identified as Omid Mahmoud-Zehi
This comes shortly after the execution of Baluch political prisoner Abdolhamid Mir-Baluch-Zehi on December 26.
Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), condemned the executions, describing them as a “massacre of political prisoners and a crime against humanity” and urging the United Nations Security Council to take action.
The #Coronavirus is the mullahs’ strongest ally; imprisonment and executions are their most essential instruments of power; and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is the most reliable killing machine to prop up their rule. #StopExecutionsinIran pic.twitter.com/KfdrUE0qIp
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) December 27, 2020
On December 31, the regime executed Hamid Rastbala, Kabir Sa’adat Jahani, and Mohammad Ali Arayesh in Mashhad’s Vakilabad Prison on the charge of being “outlaws”, without informing their families or allowing them a final visit.
Rajavi once again urged the international community, especially the UN, to intervene to end executions in Iran.
Also on New Years’ Eve, Mohammad Hassan Rezaiee, who was only 16 when he was arrested and said he was tortured into confessing, was executed in Rasht Prison. human rights organizations made repeated protests to spare his life and the fact that this was ignored, shows that the regime cannot survive without torture and execution.
The NCRI said that this was “a clear violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child”.
Mohammad Mohaddessin, the Chair of the NCRI Foreign Affairs Committee, said that this execution shows “the appalling nature of Iran’s regime” and he urged the international community to save the lives of people on death row in Iran, particularly juvenile offenders who should never be given the death sentence for any crime in the first place.