The Regime executed Mohammad Reza Salas, a 51-year-old member of a religious minority group, for running over three members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Croup (IRGC) during a protest in February. However, his confession was extracted under torture and according to eyewitnesses, he had already been in custody for three hours before the IRGC members were run over.
Salas’ execution brought international condemnation for the Regime, especially for the US.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted: “We condemn the Iran regime’s execution of Mohammad Salas, a member of the long-persecuted Iranian Gonabadi Sufi Dervish community. We call on our partners & allies to join us in condemning his brutal & unjust execution. Iranian people deserve respect for human rights & freedoms.”
While Heather Nauert, spokesperson for the US State Department said: “The application of the death penalty, without affording Mr. Salas the fair trial and appeal guarantees to which he was entitled, is a clear violation of Iran’s international human rights obligations. The Iranian people deserve rule of law, transparent and accountable governance, and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, not the callous impunity that continues to define the regime,”
Amnesty International said in a statement: “The Iranian authorities have a deplorable track record when it comes to the use of the death penalty. This execution is a travesty of justice that is abhorrent and unconscionable. It flies in the face of the huge public outcry in the country and is vengeance, not justice.”
Of course, Salas is not the only person that has been executed in Iran. Since January, 96 prisoners have been executed, according to official figures, which works out at roughly 16 per day. However, given Iran’s tendency for underreporting, it’s likely that far more people have been executed.
There are fears that Kurdish activist Ramin Hossein Panahi might have already been executed, as the Regime planned to execute him before June 23, despite a prison riot and a protest to stop the execution earlier this month and several campaigns by human rights groups.
Amnesty International’s Middle East advocacy director Philip Luther said: “Mr Hossein-Panahi’s case had been a “breathtaking miscarriage of justice from start to finish.”
In addition, the Iranian economy is incredibly unstable at the moment, with inflation running at about 80%, according to Hossein Naghavi-Hosseini, spokesman for the Majlis (Parliament) Commission on Security and Foreign policy.
This is something that economist Vahid Shaghaghi referred to as an “economic stroke”, with the “weak banking system” causing a lack of production.
On top of that, Iran is facing severe water shortage, air pollution, and waste management problems, exacerbated by the mullah’s corruption and mismanagement.
The head of Iran’s Environmental Protection Organization (IEPO) Isa Kalantar said: “So far, 10 major cities of Iran are facing serious air pollution. Aggregates of wastes have also buried three provinces and subsequently, it is impossible to live in the northern regions too. With the 10-meter land subsidence in Hamedan, we have extracted as much water as possible from the underground”.
The only hope
This year, we have seen the incredibly strong Iranian uprising, where the Iranian people took to the streets to demand regime change. Not even the Regime’s oppression could stop them.
This will be strengthened on Saturday, June 30, at the Free Iran gathering in Paris, where over 100,000 people will call for regime change and show support for the people in Iran. This year’s event, entitled“#Free Iran; the Alternative”, will showcase the main Iranian opposition the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its leader Maryam Rajavi as the democratic opposition to the Regime.