MEK-Iran: Iranian Regime Executes at Least Seven Prisoners in Just over a Week
Reports from the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) sources inside Iran reveal that at least seven prisoners have been executed by the Iranian regime since August 7th.
According to a similar report, two prisoners were hanged on Saturday, August 10th, in Mashhad’s Central Prison. The state-run Khorasan daily briefly reported the executions on Sunday but did not name the prisoners. The paper wrote that a full report would be available in a few days.
#Iran Regime Hangs Seven Prisoners
Iran's regime has hanged at least seven prisoners in recent days, according to a group monitoring the human rights situation inside the country.https://t.co/lq10lwUjZZ pic.twitter.com/7lrSGqETI1
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) August 14, 2019
The regime is notorious for its secretiveness surrounding executions. Many executions are never reported at all, making it difficult to track the true number of deaths at the hands of the Rouhani’s regime.
In another report, the executions of five prisoners in Gohardasht Prison in the city of Karaj is reported on Wednesday, August 7th. The prisoners were identified as Mohammad-Reza Shekari, Yousof Zakeri, Majid Arabali, Hossein Panjeh-Maryam, and Bahram Tork.
Prior to their deaths, the condemned men, along with several others, were transferred to solitary confinement to await execution. This is common practice in Iranian prisons and is a signal that execution is imminent. After the hangings, some of the other prisoners were returned to their original cells. Others were left to wait for their turn with the hangman.
39 prisoners were hanged in Iran during the month of July, including four women. One hanging took place in public.
The executions took place in Birjand, Gohardasht, Karaj, Kashan, Khondab, Mahshahr, Kelardasht, Urmia, Noor, Mashhad, Mahabad, Zanjan, Minab, Bandar-Abbas, Borujerd, Shiraz, Tabriz, Gorgan, Dezful, Rasht and Kermanshah.
Iran’s Human Rights Record
Iran executes more people per capita than any other country in the world. The country is responsible for half of the world’s executions. Since President Hassan Rouhani took office in 2013, more than 3,800 people have been executed by the Iranian regime.
The United Nations has condemned the Iranian regime for its human rights violations on 65 separate occasions, but the mullahs have not changed their behavior. Rather, they have escalated their campaign of suppression and intimidation against their own people. The regime uses the death penalty as a tool of oppression to silence dissent from its people, and it will continue to do so as long as it can act without fear of consequences.
The MEK’s Political Platform
The MEK has asked the international community to recognize the right of the Iranian people to rise up against their oppressors and overthrow this brutal regime. The people of Iran want a country where voicing dissent is not a capital offense.
The MEK’s political platform includes strong opposition to the death penalty and a commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Convention against Torture.
We enjoy our people’s support in establishing a republic based on the separation of religion&state, gender equality, abolition of the death penalty, an independent judiciary, autonomy for ethnic groups, a foreign policy based on peaceful co-existence, and a non-nuclear #Iran. pic.twitter.com/Gm9A1ytKvH
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) February 21, 2019
The brutal crimes of the mullahs will only end when the people of Iran take back their country. The international community can support their efforts by cutting financial ties with the terrorist regime and blacklisting its agents. They can also join the call for an independent investigation into war crimes committed by the regime during the 1988 Massacre.