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Paris conference on the occasion of the World Day Against Torture

Paris Conference Opposing Death Penalty Focuses on Iranian Regime

Paris conference on the occasion of the World Day Against Torture

Paris conference on the occasion of the World Day Against Torture-A call to end the raising executions in Iran

The Committee for the Support of Human Rights in Iran (CSDHI) held a conference in Paris on Wednesday, October 10th, in recognition of “World Day Against the Death Penalty.” The event was hosted by the Mayor of the 5th District of Paris and included speeches by politicians, dignitaries, and celebrities.

 

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), spoke about the execution of 120,000 political prisoners, most of whom were MEK members, by the Iranian regime. Mrs. Rajavi said, “Their deaths are an everlasting disgrace for the mullahs who have built the pillars of their rule on blood.”

Mrs. Rajavi went on to say that the Iranian regime continues to use the death penalty to control and intimidate the Iranian people: “The death penalty is a tool for terrorizing the society and a significant instrument for preserving the regime. Both factions benefit from such endless savagery to prolong the regime’s rule,” she said.

Mrs. Rajavi further called upon governments worldwide to condition all political and economic relations with the Iranian regime upon the cessation of torture and executions and the dismantling of their terrorist apparatus.

 

Florence Berthout, Mayor of the 5th District of Paris, lauded the NCRI’s struggle against the Iranian regime, quoting Victor Hugo. “The death penalty is the eternal sign of barbarism,” she quoted.

 

Jean-François Legaret, Mayor of the 1st District of Paris, paid tribute to the 30,000 political prisoners (mostly MEK members) executed during the 1988 Massacre in Iran. He emphasized that “these barbarities still continue” and went on to describe more recent attempts by the Iranian regime to silence the opposition, specifically the MEK. He mentioned the foiled terrorist attack on the annual NCRI gathering outside of Paris in June. “An Iranian minister sponsored the attack on Villepinte,” he said. “The Iranian regime is desperate and is trying to execute those outside, who stand in solidarity with the resistance in Iran.” Legaret stressed. “I call on the French government to launch an international investigation under the auspices of the UN to shed light on this state terrorism and the barbarities in Iran.”

Ingrid Betancourt, former FARC hostage and Colombian presidential candidate, also discussed the foiled terrorist plot on the NCRI gathering in her speech. She commended France for standing up to the Iranian regime despite its threats and pressure, and for demanding that the terrorists responsible for the attack face justice. She also called upon all of those who were present at the NCRI gathering to join her in filing a civil lawsuit in Belgium regarding the attack.

 

Gilbert Mitterrand, the President of the Danielle Mitterrand Foundation, said, “Iran is, unfortunately, the world champion, the world record holder of executions.”

Jean-Pierre Béquet, former Mayor of Auvers- sur-Oise, congratulated the Iranian Resistance for including the abolition of the death penalty in its political platform. He also noted the positivity of the MEK members he had encountered. “When we went to Tirana to see the Ashrafians who had just arrived, with many wounded and maimed as a result of the regime’s attacks. These people had no hatred or revenge,” he said.

Jean-Pierre Muller, Mayor of Magny- en-Vexin said, “There are no moderates in Iran, only barbarians.” He proposed a day of solidarity between the people of France and the MEK.

Jean-Pierre Brard, Mayor of Montreuil also spoke about the foiled terrorist attack in June, emphasizing that “the attack not only targeted the resistance, but it also targeted our country. This embodies the hate seen in the mullahs.” Brard flatly rejected the idea that moderates exist in Iranian politics, saying, “A fascist is always a fascist.”

 

Bruno Macé, Mayor of Villiers-Adam, had also visited the MEK camp in Albania. “I saw in Tirana people who want to set up this secular democracy that we all aspire to.”

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Ten political prisoners were executed in Iran during 2018

International Human Rights Groups Condemn the Regime’s Unlawful Executions and Ill-Treatment of Prisoners in Iran

Ten political prisoners were executed in Iran during 2018

Photo credit Iran HRM: At least 10 political prisoners were executed by the Iranian regime under Hassan Rouhani in 2018.

Wednesday, October 10th was the World Day Against the Death Penalty and given the mullahs execute more of their own citizens per capita than any other country on earth, many human rights groups took the opportunity to turn their attention towards Iran.

From January to June 2018, the clerical regime has carried out 176 executions. Among them were political prisoners, prisoners detained on drug-re`lated charges, women, and juvenile offenders that committed their crimes under the age of 18.

The political climate in Iran is such that anyone voicing their dissent or publicly decrying the Iranian regime’s brutal campaign of violence becomes a target themselves.

During the summer of 1988, the Iranian regime executed over 30,000 political prisoners, mainly members of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK). Their only crime was holding a political belief in the strength of democracy and a hope for a brighter future for Iran.

Prisoners Live in Appalling Conditions

It isn’t just the executions that concern human rights groups. Reports of prisoners living in appalling conditions are commonplace.

Many are subjected to torture. Reports of nails being ripped out, prisoners being suspended by their hands or feet, the denial of medical care, floggings, beatings, limited food and water, and denied use of a shower and toilet have emerged from Iranian prisons.

Speaking Out

Prisoners have explored avenues of drawing attention to their plight. There have been cases of hunger strikes, where in some cases prisoners have sewn their mouths shut.

One prisoner eager to share her story is Atena Daemi, currently imprisoned in Evin prison in Tehran. She is a human rights defender and recently got a letter to friends and family on the outside outlining her ill-treatment.

International human rights groups have condemned Iran’s use of the death penalty. Many are calling for an end of executions in Iran.

Others are also drawing international attention to Iran’s “grossly unfair” legal system, whereby many prisoners are tortured into signing confessions, are restricted access to their lawyers, and are often found guilty in short show trials lasting mere minutes.

Many of Iran’s prisoners do not deserve to be behind bars. But even worse, many of those heading to the gallows do not deserve to have their lives ended so prematurely, particularly the juvenile offenders who were teenagers or children at the time their crimes were committed.

A director of Amnesty International commented on the situation. They said, “by carrying out this unlawful execution, Iran is effectively declaring that it wishes to maintain the country’s shameful status as one of the world’s leading executors of those who were children at the time of their crime”.

It will rely on pressure from the international community and public outcry from Iranians to save the country’s prisoners from their plight. Only by freeing the country from the yoke of the mullahs can conditions for everyone improve.

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Annual report on violations of human rights in Iran

Iran Human Rights Monitor’s Harrowing Annual Report on the Use of the Death Penalty in Iran

Annual report on violations of human rights in Iran

Photo Credit to Iran HRM: More than 3600 people have been executed under Hassan Rouhani-Zarif tenure in Iran.

Iran Human Rights Monitor released its annual report on the use of the death penalty in Iran on October 9th, 2018. The report denounced the clerical regime’s use of such brutal and barbaric punishments, which has put them among the most violent regimes in the world.

The World Leaders in Executions

The mullahs’ regime executes more people per capita than any other country on the planet. It executes a similar number of its citizens to China each year, but China’s population is more than 17 times larger than Iran’s.

What separates the clerical regime in Iran from other violent government is the ease at which it hands out capital punishment sentences. In Iran, political dissidents, religious minorities and juvenile offenders are commonly executed, with many of their crimes nothing more than political resistance.

The annual report from Iran Human Rights Monitor puts the total number of death sentences carried out under current President Hassan Rouhani at around 3,602. Of these, 34 were juvenile offenders.

Killing Iran’s Youth

Only four countries have executed juveniles since 2013. Unfortunately, Iran is one of them.

As well as the 34 juvenile offenders executed, a further 85 men and women are currently on death row for crimes they allegedly committed as a minor.

This is a clear breach of international law, which states that the death sentence “shall not be imposed for crimes committed by persons below 18 years of age”.

To get around this law, the Iranian regime detains the juvenile offenders until their 18th birthday, after which they are summarily executed. This year, five juvenile offenders were executed in this manner, including Mahboubeh Mofidi.

Mofidi was 20 when the regime executed her at Nowshahr prison in January. She was married at 13 and murdered her husband three years later when she was 17. Despite committing the crime as a juvenile, the regime executed her.

2018: A Bloody Year

Since January, 223 people have been executed. 35 of these were executed in public. Iran Human Rights Monitor was quick to assert that these were conservative estimates. Given many executions take place behind closed doors, it is difficult to gather an exact figure.

For the mullahs, the death penalty is not a punishment but a way of controlling the population and preserving their grip on power.

Political Dissidents

As protests spread across Iran, affecting Iran’s key trades and industries, the mullahs are increasingly awarding the death penalty to suppress the Iranian opposition. Many are arrested on the charge of being affiliated with the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK).

This was most recently on display in the Iranian truck drivers’ strike. After protests broke out across Iran’s major towns and cities, the mullahs were quick to threaten the strikers with execution.

Since January 2018, 10 political prisoners have been executed, despite intense pressure from international human rights groups calling for their release.

In the case of Ramin Hossein Panahi. He was executed after little more than a show trial over charges that he allegedly drew a weapon on agents of Iran’s security forces.

He was denied visitation from his lawyer and family. There was evidence that he had been tortured into signing a “confession” and was subsequently awarded the death penalty. In protest at his unfair treatment, Panahi went on hunger strike, even sewing his lips together in protest. He was executed on September 8th.

No Due Process

What makes Iran Human Rights Monitor’s findings all the more concerning is that many, as in Panahi’s case, are executed without a fair trial.

Short trials supported by confessions obtained under torture rob young Iranians of the opportunity to defend themselves. Without due process, many are convicted and sentenced to death in a matter of hours.

The conditions prisoners are held in are also inhumane and grossly unethical. Iranian death row wards are comparable to medieval scenes of torture. Many prisoners are subjected to solitary confinement for long periods at a time and are routinely tortured.

Those on death row are frequently restricted to bathing once every two months an using a toilet once every 24 hours. They are fed rations no larger than the size of the palm of a hand.

Iran Human Rights Monitor verified reports of guards pouring boiling water on prisoners, poking their genitalia with needles, pulling out prisoners’ nails, leaving prisoners in absolute darkness for up to 40 days, and hanging prisoners from their wrists or ankles.

Prisoners can spend up to a decade living in these conditions.

For the families, they hear little of the fate of their loved one. In many cases, they are only informed of the execution after it has taken place, robbing them of the opportunity to say their goodbyes.

To add insult, the regime often forces the families to pay for the noose or bullet involved in the execution of their loved one. If they do not pay, they do not receive the victim’s body.

Iran Human Rights Monitor took the opportunity to urge international human rights groups and advocates, to apply pressure to the Iranian regime to compel it to stop employing this cruel and barbaric use of the death penalty.

For a more detailed report, please refer to: https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/10/08/cruel-and-inhuman-executions-in-iran/

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Execution of 11 people in less than a week in Iran

Three Kurdish Political Prisoners Executed Despite International Call To Stop It.

Execution of 11 people in less than a week in Iran

Photo, credit to Iran HRM- A new wave of mass executions in Iran in reaction to the growing discontent across the country due to the corrupt and repressive policies of the religious dictatorship ruling Iran.

Despite the International call to stop the execution of 3 Kurdish political prisoners, the Iranian regime hanged Ramin Hossein-Panahi, 24, Zanyar Moradi, 30, and Loghman Moradi, 32, in Gohardasht Prison, Karaj this morning.

On September 5th, prison authorities suddenly transferred Zaniar and Loghman Moradi

Zanyar and Logman Moradi had been imprisoned for ten years for an alleged murder. Both of the men, who are related to each other, had alibis for the time of the murder they were accused of. Zanyar’s father, Eqbal Morad (Logman’s uncle), was a Kurdish activist who was targeted by the regime for his human rights work. Zanyar and Logman Moradi were informed that they would be released upon Eqbal’s surrender. However, Eqbal was assassinated on July 17th, making Zanyar and Logman expendable to the regime.

On September 3rd and 5th, the Iranian regime carried out a total of eleven executions in Zahedan and Gohardasht prisons. Three prisoners, between the ages of 21 and 24, were hanged at Zahedan Prison at dawn on September 3rd. They were convicted of killing a police officer.

Authorities of the regime contacted the families of the prisoners to inform them that they would be charged for the price of the rope used to hang the men. The families must also pay blood money to the families of the victims in order to claim their loved ones’ bodies.

On September 5th, eight more prisoners were executed in Gohardasht Prison.

The mullahs’ regime has increased its use of the death penalty as a series of domestic and foreign crises have rocked the foundation of the regime’s claim to power. The wave of executions is intended to create an atmosphere of fear that will prevent the current popular uprising from spreading further.

The regime is mistaken in thinking that adding to its list of gross human rights violations will help to suppress the uprising. The people of Iran are tired of living in fear. Now they are outraged.

The Iranian opposition calls upon human rights groups, including the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, and the Working Group on Arbitrary Executions, to condemn these executions and to take immediate action to prevent the use of such barbaric punishments in Iran in the future.

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Iran HRM's monthly report on violations of human rights in Iran

Iran Monthly Human Rights Report Reveals Regime’s Brutality

Iran HRM's monthly report on violations of human rights in Iran

Iran Human Rights Monitor’s report on the situation of human rights in Iran.

On Tuesday, the Human Rights Monitor Monthly Report for May 2018 was published.  The report documented widespread human rights abuses by the Iranian regime. Incidents cited included 16 executions, five flogging sentences, and 17 murders. In addition, there was an increase in the intimidation of prisoners, a number of street vendors were beaten, people’s homes were destroyed, and peaceful protests were suppressed by the regime. Finally, an elementary-school-aged girl’s hair was cut for improper veiling.

 

Perhaps the most disturbing abuses detailed in the report occurred in Kazerun, where peaceful protesters were violently attacked by security forces. Video showed agents of the regime opening fire on the protesters from a rooftop, killing four and wounding several more. The regime’s security forces, including agents dispatched from Shiraz and Tehran, arrested many of the protesters in their efforts to suppress the widespread anti-regime uprising that has spread across Iran since last December.

 

Of the 16 executions by the regime in May, three of them were carried out in public. The regime also gave the names of another 57 people awaiting execution. The report recorded 17 extrajudicial murders by agents of the regime in May, including nine porters who were killed by Border Guards and the four protesters who were shot during the Kazerun protests.

The Iran Human Rights Monitor logged 410 arrests across Iran in May, including 148 politically motivated arrests, seven arrests on religious and ethnic grounds, and 255 social arrests.

 

In Iranian prisons, two inmates committed suicide in response to inhumane conditions and at least one more died after being denied medical care. 16 inmates went on hunger strikes in protest of the denial of their rights. According to Hassan Moussavi Chelak, the head of Iran Social Aids Association, 459,660 inmates were added to the prisons’ population in 2017. Chelak used numbers provided by the regime, which are notoriously unreliable, so it is likely the real numbers are much higher.

 

According to the Iran-HRM report, women who are imprisoned in Iran faced harsh conditions. Women are incarcerated with their young children, meaning that many of these children have never known life outside of prison walls. Women who are part of religious minorities fare even worse. Yaresan women in the Qarchak Prison in Varamin suffer from horrible treatment in harsh conditions. One Yaresan woman arrested in a recent protest was badly injured but has been denied medical care while in prison.

 

A large number of those incarcerated in Iran’s prisons are there because of poverty caused by the regime’s policies. The state-run ISNA news agency interviewed Asqar Jahangir, the head of Prisons Organization, who  said: “We have about 18,000 prisoners related to financial crimes who are jailed for unintentional crimes. These inmates have financial convictions like they have written promissory notes or have been a surety and not being able to pay the money. Also there are inmates who have had accidents in their workshops, written a NSF check, and not paid the alimony or dowry. The number of dowry cases are very high… We have 3000 prisoners because of dowry from which 466 cases can be freed by paying less than 10 gold coins but because they cannot pay it, they are still in jail.” Jahangir added: “73% of prisoners have said that poverty is the reason for their imprisonment. 43% of prisoners are illiterate and suffer from cultural poverty. 17% of them are jailed for dangerous behaviors.”

 

Food shortages are a constant concern in some provinces in Iran, with 75% of residents of Sistan and Baluchistan provinces living in poverty and under threat of food shortages. Villagers have been forced to flee their homes in order to survive. People living in some provinces lack even basic provisions, such as water and bread, and disease and illness run rampant. Some villages in the hardest hit provinces have had to flee their homes in order to survive.

 

Human rights abuses under the ruling regime are a constant and growing atrocity. The MEK believes that the only solution to the suffering of the Iranian people is regime change, and the recent uprising across Iran shows that the people of Iran agree.

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