MEK: Iran’s Rising Execution Rate
At least 16 executions were carried out in Iran in the second week of October alone. With less than two months before the end of 2021, Iran’s mullahs have already surpassed projections for the overall number of executions carried out the previous year.
Iran Human Rights Monitor
According to the Iran Human Rights Monitor, at least 255 executions took place in 2020, with an anticipated total of 286 for 2021 as of Monday, following three executions that day.
Iran has long held the title of the country with the greatest annual rate of executions per capita under the religious dictatorship. Only China, with a population of over one billion people, commits more state-sanctioned killings each year in terms of raw numbers. Iran is also one of the few countries in the world that frequently condemns minors to death for crimes committed when they were under the age of 18. This practice, like the use of the death sentence, is categorically prohibited under international law.
Whatever the Iranian regime’s version of the entire execution, the fact remains that authorities are willing to openly admit the practice, signifying their rejection of international human rights standards.
It’s worth mentioning the well-known practice of the regime’s security agencies obtaining confessions through torture.
Navid Afkari, a widely admired champion
Murder allegations are sometimes used by regime officials as a pretext for politically motivated killings. Navid Afkari, a widely admired champion wrestler who was accused of killing a security officer during anti-regime rallies and was hanged in September 2020 despite an international campaign to save his life. Later, security footage was discovered that appeared to verify his innocence, indicating that he was executed for participating in protests.
Raisi was the head of the judiciary at the time of Afkari’s execution
Ebrahim Raisi was the head of the judiciary at the time of Afkari’s execution. Raisi was also in charge of crucial sections of the crackdown on nationwide protests in November 2019, which resulted in the deaths of 1,500 protestors and the torture of countless others. Raisi was chosen as the regime’s new president earlier this year, provoking further protests against his role in the crackdown as well as his long history as a human rights offender and proponent of a capital sentence, various types of corporal punishment, and the violent repression of opposition.
Raisi was one of four officials appointed to the Tehran “death commission” in the summer of 1988 to carry out a fatwa issued by the regime’s Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini that particularly targeted the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) followers. Raisi oversaw the interrogation and summary execution of anyone suspected of still sympathizing with the MEK for around three months. Over 30,000 political prisoners are estimated to have been killed by the conclusion of the time.
The latest in a series of rallies in Stockholm
Iranian expatriate activists conducted the latest in a series of rallies in Stockholm on Monday to draw attention to the 1988 massacre and the perpetrators’ long-standing lack of justice. The ceremony took place on the same day as the 30th session of the trial of Hamid Noury, a former Iranian jail officer who was detained in 2019 under the concept of universal jurisdiction and then charged on charges of war crimes and mass murder for his role in the massacre.
Ebrahim Raisi, for instance, should be prevented from traveling to any Western country or jailed if he does so. When it seemed that Raisi could go to Glasgow for the COP26 climate change summit, former Member of the European Parliament Struan Stevenson made a formal request for this arrest to Police Scotland earlier in October.
At Least 141 Hanged Since Raisi’s Presidency
Terrified of the Iranian people’s rage and hatred, the mullahs’ criminal regime has stepped up repression, torture, and executions in a desperate attempt to terrorize the public and prevent the outbreak of protests and uprisings.
At least 31 prisoners have been hanged in various Iranian cities in the past 30 days alone, bringing to at least 141 the number of executions after Ebrahim Raisi and Gholam Hossein Mohseni Eje’i became President and the Judiciary Chief, respectively on July 21, 2021.
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