The female prisoner has not yet been identified. Someone with knowledge of the situation said that she had been moved to Gohardasht Prison from another prison, likely Kachouii or Shahr-e Ray (Qarchak) Prison. The state media, however, has not reported these executions.
The Iranian regime treats all murder as punishable by the death sentence and does not differentiate between murder as a result of self-defense and pre-mediated murder. A number of women in Iran have killed their abusers in self-defense, but they have still been charged with murder.
Since the so-called “moderate” president, Hassan Rouhani, has been in office, there have been at least 96 executions of women. Leila Zarafshan was hanged in the Central Prison of Sanandaj on Thursday 26th September 2019.
During the year 2016, nine women were executed. During 2017, 10 women were executed, and six women were executed in 2018.
Iran executes the highest number of people per capita in the world and many human rights organizations have expressed their grave concern about the situation. Although it is impossible to know the exact figure because of the regime’s lack of transparency and its deception, it is estimated that there have been at least 3,800 executions since Rouhani took office.
The mullahs use the death penalty as a way to try to dissuade Iranians from dissenting, however, it is a strategy that is becoming less and less effective. The people of Iran, over the past few years, have risked everything – arrest, imprisonment, torture and even execution – to ensure that their voices are heard. The people are expressing their objection to the brutal regime and are calling for regime change.
The people are extremely angry that the regime has been plundering the nation’s wealth and more and more people are falling into absolute poverty. They are calling for regime change. The people know that there is no hint of moderation in the regime, and there never will be because its existence depends on domestic suppression, the export of terrorism and the spread of chaos across the region.
Over the past few weeks, the rate of executions being carried out is increasing and there is much concern for the political prisoners in Iran. Political prisoners, in particular, are subjected to tough prison conditions. Many have spoken about the intense torture – both physical and psychological – that they are put through. They are not given fair trials and there have been alarming reports recently about political prisoners being attacked and seriously injured by other violent inmates on the orders of prison authorities.