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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.

Staff Writer

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Political Prisoner's open letter to prevent Ramin Hosseini Panahi’s death sentence

Hanging is “Murder by the Government,” say Seven Political Prisoners in an Open Letter

Political Prisoner's open letter to prevent Ramin Hosseini Panahi’s death sentence

Brave political prisoners write an open letter asking for the annihilation of Ramin Hosseini Panahi’s death sentence

In the wake of Ramin Hosseini Panahi’s death sentence, seven political prisoners at Rajaee Shahr jail in Karaj wrote an open letter to the regime and the Iranian public. The letter, entitled “Hanging is a murder by the government in all circumstances”, urged international organizations and sympathetic members of the public to rally against the barbaric and inhumane application of capital punishment.

Ramin Hosseini Panahi

Ramin Hosseini Panahi was sentenced to death in January on charges of “taking up arms against the state”. The 22-year-old Kurd’s trial lasted less than an hour, and he had visible evidence of torture on his body as he faced the charges in court. He was forbidden access to his family and his lawyer in the weeks leading up to the trial and received little information regarding the charges against him.

His death sentence has been widely criticised by international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, who have called for the imminent halt of the execution. The execution is due to take place on Thursday, May 7th.

Hanging in Iran

Hanging is increasingly seen as a barbaric form of punishment, so much so that over 100 countries have outlawed the execution method. However, the opposite has occurred in Iran. It has increasingly become the mullahs’ preferred form of punishment for political prisoners. According to Amnesty International, Iran executes more of its own citizens than any other country on earth.

It was for this reason that the seven brave prisoners penned their open letter. They stated that we “would like to publicly express our concerns in this regard; we consider hanging a murder by the government, in all circumstances. We strongly condemn this inhumane act and call for its eradication. We are hoping that international societies, human rights organizations, and conscientious people, will not give up their efforts and continue to fight.”

Saeed Masoori, Zaniyar Moradi, Saeed Shirzad, Arash Sadeghi, Payam Shakiba, Loghman Moradi, and Majid Asadi risked their lives by penning their open letter. However, they have succeeded in drawing more attention to the barbaric and tyrannical measures employed by the clerical regime in Iran. Whether their letter helps bring about a change in the penal system remains to be seen, but their bravery and determination in penning the message to the world will ensure that the regime is held accountable for its systematic abuse of the Iranian justice system.

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