Iran: 28 executions in one week alone under Raisi’s rule
The mullahs’ regime in Iran has significantly increased the number of executions across the country, with 71 hangings in one month and 28 in one week alone. On August 25, the Secretariat of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) issued a statement detailing the names, dates, and locations of recent executions in Iran. The mullahs’ regime executed 14 prisoners in various cities in March.
This is the mullahs’ response to a growing wave of protests in Iran by Iranians from all walks of life. Authorities are focused on preventing such a new wave of protests from erupting, causing yet another uprising that could shake the country to its core at a time when tens of millions are suffering from poverty and many cities are suffering from severe water shortages.
The first year of Ebrahim Raisi’s presidency saw a dramatic increase in executions across Iran. Unfortunately, the fact that this recent wave of capital punishment in Iran coincides with Western appeasement during the ongoing nuclear talks with the mullahs’ regime goes unnoticed in the West and mainstream media. The more concessions offered to Tehran, the more emboldened regime authorities feel to send more Iranians to the gallows without fear of being held accountable by the international community.
“Iran accounted for the majority of this increase, executing at least 314 people (up from at least 246 in 2020), the highest number of executions since 2017.” According to Amnesty International, this was due in part to a significant increase in drug-related executions, “a flagrant violation of international law that prohibits the use of the death penalty for crimes other than those involving intentional killing.” The actual number of executions is almost certainly higher.
The United Nations, the European Union, and human rights organizations around the world must condemn the Iranian regime and take action to put an end to Iran’s executions. An international fact-finding mission should be sent to Iran’s prisons to meet with the prisoners in person. Tehran’s dossier of heinous human rights violations should be referred to the UN Security Council, and senior regime officials, including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Raisi, should face prosecution.
Iran’s regime is dealing with an increasingly restive society, with protests erupting on a regular basis in every corner of the country. Iran is experiencing an economic crisis as a result of the regime’s corruption, mismanagement, and refusal to abandon its destructive policies, which include nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, and terrorism.
While many protests are sparked by economic problems, they quickly escalate into full-fledged anti-regime demonstrations calling for regime change. Iran has seen several rounds of intense protests in recent months, with protesters clashing with security forces and refusing to back down in the face of the regime’s repressive forces.
In such circumstances, rather than responding to the people’s just demands, the regime has increased crackdown and repression. The new wave of executions coincides with other repressive measures in schools, universities, and government offices. There comes a time when such measures will not only fail to alleviate the regime’s concerns but will instead fuel the fires of social unrest.