Oliphant, reports on his warning that “the international community must become more involved and help put an end to deaths,” which have increased over the last 10 years.
He is outraged after , occurring only days after a report about worsening human rights abuses in Iran, and despite President Hassan Rouhani’s promises to improve the freedoms of his people.
With an estimated 966 to 1,025 people executed last year, and 170 recorded executions in the first six months of 2016, Ebrahimi, the president of the former Iranian political prisoners association in the UK, says this punishment must stop.
Mr Ebrahimi was a political prisoner in Iran for 10 years. He watched in horror, as his friends were taken away to be executed. He told the Express, “Being in prison was just everything horrible, from their care of the political prisoners to whatever I saw – the abuses I saw there. Every time was different, there was nothing the same. We never knew what to expect. Sometimes we would not be given food, sometimes we would be tortured. We lost many friends, noticed the people disappearing. People were called and taken from their cells and, we learned after, went to their so-called court. Then the people would come back to their rooms, to their cells, and when they were called again they were taken to be executed. With bullets. We counted the bullets after, to see how many lives had been taken.”
He was one of thousands of prisoners locked up for their support of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, and was present during the 1988 mass executions of as many as 30,000 dissidents. He was released after 10 years, and fled to the UK with his only son. Now he campaigns against the Iranian regime, and calls for an overthrow of the government.
Mr Ebrahimi said, “It’s disgusting, it should not happen and it must not.
The international campaign like from Amnesty International is doing very well, it is very good, and the campaign from international media is fantastic.
People should know what is going on in Iran, the hanging, the abuse, the executions. There is much media coverage of the middle east – Iraq, and Syria – but less about the human goths in Iran.” He adds, “We do not want this government, and we want people to know that.”
In a separate statement, Mohammad Mohaddessin, chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the of the National Council for Resistance of Iran (NCRI) had this to say about Tuesday’s atrocity, “The mullahs’ regime is facing absolute social isolation and widespread abhorrence by the people and thus is resorting to increased executions to create a climate of fear and to prevent the possibility of a nationwide uprising.”
He added, “More than 2,500 people have been executed in Iran under Hassan Rouhani, who falsely claimed to seek moderation. For as long as the mullahs’ regime is in power, there will continue to be further executions, torture and other crimes.”