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UN: 9 Juveniles Executed in Iran as 90 Remain on Death Row

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UN: 9 Juveniles Executed in Iran as 90 Remain on Death Row

Javaid Rehman, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, said on 24 October that in breach of international law, but keeping with the country’s legislation, Iran executed seven juveniles last year and two juveniles this year.

Mr. Rehman told the Human Rights Committee of the UN General Assembly that he has reliable sources indicating ninety juvenile offenders are on the death row.

According to the Child Rights Convention, imperative by the signatory’s countries, signed by Iran in 1991, the death penalty and life imprisonment are prohibited.

Mohammad Hassani-Nejad, the Iranian regime’s representative at the UN, rejected the Rehman’s report saying: ” Dictators cannot comment on the situation of human rights in Iran”

Intimidating the society, the Iranian regime widely uses the death penalty, torture, and amputating body parts of the prisoners.

The Iranian regime has executed many Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) members under the age of eighteen. The mullahs have tortured and executed thousands of women affiliated to the MEK, some of them pregnant and many juveniles.

Fatemeh Mesbah, 13, Mojgan Jamshidi,14, and Nushin Emami and Maryam Qudsimaab, 16, are among the juveniles executed by this barbarian regime.

MEK repeatedly expressed its objection against the death penalty. The abolition of the death penalty is among the articles of the ten-point plan of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

Despite exposing the heinous crimes against humanity in Iran by the MEK, the international community has failed to take firm action against the Iranian regime; however, the MEK has played a key role in the revelation of the nature of this religious fascist regime.

In a conference in the European Parliament on 23 October 2019 in Strasburg, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi introduced a book entitled “Crime Against Humanity”, to tens of Parliament members present. This book contains the names and information of more than five thousand victims of the 1988 massacre in Iran in which 30,000 political prisoners, mainly MEK members and supporters, were killed in just a few months. This book also reveals the addresses of 35 secret mass graves of the victims in detail. “Crime Against Humanity” also contains the information about the members of the “Death Committee” in thirty-six cities across Iran, responsible for the 1988 massacre.

Execution and suppression are the main tools used by the Iranian regime, to prevent the restive society rising against it, and the defiant youth joining the MEK.

Everyday protest actions throughout Iran, as well as current demonstrations in Iraq and Lebanon against the Iranian regime clearly show that a free Iran and a stable region void of the regime’s meddling are within reach.

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MEK victims in 1988 massacre subject of new book

Maryam Rajavi at the EU conference

Maryam Rajavi’s speech at the Parliament of Europe – Presentation of the book on the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran- October 23, 2019

A new book was released on Wednesday detailing some of the Iranian regime’s violations of human rights. The book entitled “Crime Against Humanity” lists the names of more than 5,000 people that were killed by the Iranian regime during the 1988 massacre in which 30,000 political prisoners, mainly the MEK members and supporters, that has been widely described as a crime against humanity.

During the 1988 massacre, so-called “death commissions” were set up across the country to carry out the orders of the Supreme Leader at that time. Ayatollah Khomeini had issued a fatwa ordering the execution of political prisoners in Iran.

During the massacre, more than 30,000 political prisoners were killed; many of them members or supporters of the Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MEK. Prisoners were executed in large groups and their bodies were dumped in mass and unmarked graves. Families of the victims, to this day, do not know where the remains of their loved ones lie.

On 23 October, during a conference at the European Parliament headquarters in Strasbourg, many MEPs attended to speak about the Iranian regime, its belligerence, its human rights violations and how the European Union should be dealing with these issues.

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MEK_Iran: Ambassador Blackwell: We must get tougher on Iran

 

Amb. Kenneth Blackwell-file photo

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations,
BlackPast
John Kenneth Blackwell who served as the mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio (1979–80)

The Iranian regime’s foreign policy has increased in its brazenness, with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) attacking or seizing commercial vessels in the Gulf, bombing Saudi oil infrastructure, and continuing its aggressive policies in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, but Professor Ken Blackwell warns that the US should not decrease pressure on the mullahs.

He wrote: “The regime’s recent actions cannot simply be interpreted as a response to rising levels of pressure from the US. Its abuses both at home and abroad have been getting worse for quite some time. And they have done so not because of newfound foreign pressure but because of the predictable absence thereof.”

In his op-ed for Townhall, he quoted the head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI),  Maryam Rajavi, as saying that the impunity enjoyed by the regime’s leaders have resulted in emboldening them to export terrorism and warmongering.

The regime’s crimes have been overlooked in favor of appeasement for four decades now, the most heinous of which was the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners who refused to disavow the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), the main Iranian opposition. The massacre was the subject of an extensive exhibition at the NCRI’s international conference in July, where Rajavi noted that even after they brought this evidence to the West, they remained silent.

Blackwell wrote: “America is known to be the foremost defender of human rights around the world and has taken on the scourge of terrorism head-on. Human rights abuses and terrorism are the two pillars of the clerical regime’s strategy for survival… As long as Tehran is not held directly accountable for more than 30,000 deaths, the regime will be emboldened to carry out more violations with impunity. Why would Tehran see any reason to scale back its malign activities, unless the US leads the way by making it clear that its standards for regime behavior have changed?”

He advised that the only way to do this is by holding the regime accountable for its past crimes and bringing those responsible to justice. They must be shown that their actions have consequences. He further noted that while the “maximum pressure” policy is a step in the right direction, economic sanctions are not enough on their own. Instead, the regime’s crimes must be referred to the UN Security Council.

Blackwell wrote: “A proper investigation of the massacre will undoubtedly lead to a conviction in the International Criminal Court for a number of high-ranking Iranian officials, including the current Justice Minister and the current judiciary chief. The US should clearly send a message that Iranian officials are not immune from their wrongdoing. The Iranian people will see that the world supports them as never before and will rise up to demand, once and for all, a new, democratic government. The American administration needs to bring Tehran’s human rights violations into focus to force the regime to rethink its aggression.”

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Iran: 1988 Massacre MEK Survivors Tell of the Horrors They Continue to Endure

1988 massacre in Iran

30,000 MEK members and supporters were slaughtered in 1988 in Iran.

British publication Daily Star has interviewed some of the members of the opposition to the Iranian regime and former political prisoners regarding the 1988 massacre – a major crime against humanity in which some 30,000 political opponents of the regime were killed. Most of these victims were members and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK)

The Supreme Leader at that time issued a fatwa ordering the execution of political prisoners. So-called “death commissions” were set up overseeing the executions. Most of the 30,000 who died were members or supporters of the MEK. No one was spared – men and women old and young, and children and pregnant women were murdered.

They have executed en masse and were buried in unmarked gravesites. Families of the victims still have no idea where their loved ones remain lie.

The reporters spoke to the survivors of the massacre, mostly with the help of a translator – Omid, a 21-year-old Iranian that moved with his parents to the United Kingdom when he was a child. He said that he considers himself very fortunate to be alive and that the 1988 massacre touches him very deeply.

Omid’s father Ahmad was imprisoned between the years 1981 and 1991 after being arrested because he supports the PMOI / MEK – the main opposition to the Iranian regime. His father was sentenced to suspended execution and had been tortured in prison.

He explained that his father and other prisoners were taken to a room and asked who they support. Ahmad said that those who declared support for the MEK were taken away and tortured or executed. Anyone who denounced their support for the opposition was allowed to live.

Ahmad was taken to a room with dozens of other prisoners and from morning until night names were called out and prisoners were led away. He was eventually taken away and was asked if he supported the PMOI, to which he replied he did not know.

Out of 150 prisoners in his section, 90 were killed. In another section, 194 out of 207 were killed.

His wife Farzaneh has also been deeply affected by the massacre too. Her 16-year-old brother was executed. The family learned of the news when IRGC agents came to the family home with a bag of clothes. They said: “These are your son’s clothes, we killed him and we want money for the bullet.”

Farzaneh’s mother was unable to manage her grief and did not speak for 3 years.

Another brother was tortured to such an extent that he lost control of parts of his body.

Other victims spoke about the beatings that they would get in jail, with one person explaining that they were forced to beat their own brother. When they refused, both of them were severely beaten. He was taken to the gallows twice and saw things that will haunt him for the rest of his life. For example, prisoners being lined up and shot – dozens at a time, and then bodies being dumped in a lorry with blood pouring from it.

The fact that these crimes have gone unpunished decades later is despicable, but what is even more horrifying is that the regime officials have been awarded high-level positions.

The Iranian Resistance is calling for an independent and international inquiry into the 1988 massacre and it is the responsibility of the international community to support it in any way it can.

 

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Two political prisoners in Iran on hunger strike

MEK: Two Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike

Two political prisoners in Iran on hunger strike

Mehdi Farahi Shandiz and Mohammad Riazat, the two political prisoners wen on hunger strike since October 17 2019, in Iran

In objection to the poor living condition in prison, two political prisoners, Mehdi Farahi Shandiz and Mohammad Riazat, went on a hunger strike.

The Campaign in Defense of Political and Civil Prisoners reported that due to the lack of facilities and warm water in the central prison of Karaj the two political prisoners went on a hunger strike since October 17, 2019; they were relocated to solitary confinement a day later.

Following the widespread protests in last August in Iran, Mohammad Riazat was arrested and then temporarily released on bail. Mehdi Zeinali, the criminal revolutionary court’s judge, sentenced Mrs. Riazat to three years in jail on charges of “insulting the Founder and Supreme Leader” and “propaganda against the regime” Mrs. Riazat was transferred to Karaj’s Central Penitentiary on December 10, 2019.

Mehdi Farahi Shandiz was charged by criminal Judge Moqisi, on “insulting the Leader” and “disturbing public order” and was sentenced to three years behind bars. This political prisoner, in two other separate cases, in 2011 and 2014, had been sentenced to nine years in prison on the same charges.

Prior to this, in an open letter on July 15, 2019, due to unacceptable prison conditions and misconducted behavior of prison officials, six other political prisoners had gone on a hunger strike.

The heroic resistance of the Mujahedin-e Khalq’s (PMOI/MEK) political prisoners has always been inspiring for the opposition movements of Iran particularly the youths, the teachers, and the workers.

According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the MEK sources, during the period of June 22 to July 22, 2019, there had been 24 hunger strikes by political prisoners in Iran.

The designation of Ebrahim Raisi, the key figure in the1988 massacre in which 30,000 political prisoners, mainly the MEK members and supporters, were slaughtered in just a few months, as Chief Justice, and that of three top terrorists from the IRGC, Salami, Fadavi, and Hanqdi, by Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the religious dictatorship ruling Iran, clearly shows that there is no mercy in this barbarian regime. These designations indicate also the high capacity of the Iranian society for revolt, samples of which can be seen in the streets, factories, schools, prisons and… The MEK resistance units are mobilizing these unrests throughout the country on a daily basis.

The brave uprisings in Iran are inspired by the historical MEK resistance against two dictatorial regimes, those of the Shah and the mullahs, and have always been supported by the MEK.

Torching the regime’s symbols and posters of the regime’s Supreme Leader, by the MEK resistance units across the country urges the youth and the women to stand up against the regime.

The resistance of political prisoners, particularly MEK supporters as well as other sectors of the Iranian society clearly indicates the embers beneath the ashes in the tumultuous Iranian society. They want regime change and establishing democracy and freedom by the true and reliable alternative, the NCRI and its elected President, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi.

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Two political prisoners on hunger strike in prison.

MEK-Iran: Urgent calls for political prisoners in Iran to be released

 

Two political prisoners on hunger strike in prison.

Ibrahim Khalil Sedighi Hamedani and his son Salar have been sentenced to 30 years of prison on bogus charges. The criminal regime has also charged them with being affiliated with the MEK. The father and his son are on hunger strike

The Iranian Opposition (The National Council of Resistance of Iran- NCRI) has called on the UN Secretary-General, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and related UN rapporteurs, Amnesty International and all other human rights organizations to take efforts to ensure that all political prisoners in Iran are freed.

It especially wants action taken so that two political prisoners currently on hunger strike can be released.

The two political prisoners in question are Ibrahim Khalil Sedighi Hamedani and his son Salar. They are currently on a hunger strike since Wednesday 25th September after being sentenced to 19 years imprisonment each.

The two men are in Urmia Central Prison in the north-western part of the country.

The health of the two men is of major concern. After twenty days on hunger strike, their blood pressure has dropped to a worrying level and they are exhausted. The father and son have written to the clinic to inform staff that they would no longer be accepting blood pressure tests to be carried out on them.

The official in charge of the jail and the prison warden met with Ibrahim Khalil and his son. They made a number of promises to the men, with the aim of getting them to end their hunger strike, but they failed to follow up and ultimately ignored their concerns.

They have said that they will continue their hunger strike for as long as their demands are not met.

Ibrahim Khalil and his son were accused of being affiliated with the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) The ruling against them is ludicrous and the main opposition to the Iranian regime has raised its concern.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), in a statement, said: “Messrs Ebrahim Sadeqi Hamedani, 60 years old, and his 22-year-old son, Salar Sadeqi Hamedani, went on hunger strike in protest to inhuman treatment and medieval sentences of the mullahs’ regime against them since September 25, 2019”. The NCRI urges the relevant authorities and organizations to urgently establish a fact-finding mission to see how political prisoners in Iran are treated.

The organization emphasizes that the mission must include participation on an international level and political prisoners must be interviewed.

Political prisoners in Iran have been horribly treated for many decades. Dissidents and political opponents are still being arrested, tortured and thrown in jail, simply because they do not agree with the despotic rule of the mullahs.

One of the most violent and shocking events in recent decades is the 1988 massacre in which the country’s Supreme Leader issued a fatwa calling for the execution of political prisoners across the country. It was a truly tragic crime against humanity in which more than 30,000 political prisoners lost their lives, most of whom, were members and sympathizers of the people’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK).

There are renewed calls for justice for the victims of this massacre because the regime is still basking in impunity all these decades later. And worse, some of the officials involved in the 1988 massacre of the MEK members, are now occupying high-level government positions.

 

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1988 massacre ceremony in the UK

1988 Massacre of MEK Members And Other Political Prisoners Memorials

1988 massacre ceremony in the UK

Members of Iranian community & families of the victims of the 1988 Massacre in Iran organized an exhibition in front of the UK parliament & called on the UK Government to recognize mass execution of political prisoners as a crime against humanity, October 6, 2019

Supporters of the main opposition to the Iranian regime gathered in several countries to commemorate the victims of the 1899 massacre of political prisoners, mainly Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) members and supporters, in Iran. The gatherings coincided with World Day Against the Death Penalty and there were ceremonies held in the Netherlands and in the United Kingdom.

During the course of summer 1988, the Iranian regime executed more than 30,000 political prisoners – most of whom were supporters or members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK).

More than three decades later, the Iranian regime has still not been held accountable. Some of those involved in carrying out this terrible crime against humanity has even risen through the regime’s ranks, now occupying high-level and senior positions. The country’s justice minister Alireza Avaei and the head of the judiciary Ebrahim Raisi are two such individuals.

Supporters of the Iranian Resistance and the PMOI / MEK in the Netherlands held a ceremony in front of the Dutch parliament in The Hague. They put up an exhibition showing just a few of the regime’s horrific crimes against the people, especially political prisoners, highlighting that the death penalty is used as a way to suppress the people.

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MEK supporters held a demonstration in front of the Netherlands ‘ Parliament to commemorate victims of the 1988 Massacre. October 11, 2019

The supporters of the Resistance paid tribute to those that died in 1988 and called for justice for these victims.

Hadi Mozafari who was involved in the organization of the ceremony spoke to the crowds, emphasizing that the policies of appeasement towards this so-called moderate government in Iran must stop. He highlighted that during Rouhani’s time in office, there have been more than 3,800 executions. He and the participants called on the international community to ensure that the regime officials involved in the 1988 massacre are tried in international courts for their crimes.

There was also an exhibition set up in the United Kingdom where supporters of the Resistance gathered in front of parliament. The exhibition included pictures of some of the people that died during the 1988 massacre and it remained in place for 4 days.

Human rights activists, legal experts, and witnesses to the Iranian regime’s crimes and brutality spoke at the event, with the main consensus being that the regime must be held accountable for all of its crimes, especially the 1988 massacre that should not go unpunished for another year.

Tahar Boumedra, a board member of the Justice for Victims of the 1988 Massacre in Iran (JVMI) group and a legal expert, said that the crime the Iranian regime committed 31 years ago is an “atrocious” crime against humanity and the regime’s impunity must end.

A representative of the Iranian communities in London and former political prisoner Reza Fallah said that time has not healed the wounds that that “we will neither forget nor forgive”.

The Iranian regime tried to get rid of the opposition back in 1988, but it has done nothing but make the opposition stronger and more determined to see the regime fall.

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MEK: Death Penalty in Iran Continues

MEK: Death Penalty in Iran Continues

MEK: Death Penalty in Iran Continues

Execution figures in Iran between Oct 2018-19

October 10 is World Day against the Death Penalty, so around that time, it’s important to think about the thousands of death row prisoners in Iran. Iran is the world record holder in executions per capita, the highest executioner of juveniles, and a major executioner of political prisoners.

Iran’s use of capital punishment is a regular source of international outrage, attracting the attention of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran and Amnesty International as well as many others. It is not just the mullahs’ refusal to ban the death penalty or the sheer number of executions, but also the fact that the regime uses execution uses as a tool to suppress the Iranian people.

The regime also refuses to categorize murders according to a degree, which means that anyone committing murder is sentenced to death, regardless of motive. This means that many victims of domestic abuse and those who kill another in self-defense are executed as if they acted in cold blood.

Iran Human Rights Monitor (Iran HRM) reported that between October 2018 and October 2019, there were at least 273 executions in Iran, including:

  • 13 women, including Leila Zarafshan, Maliheh Salehian,  Zahra Safari Moghadam, Arasteh Ranjbar, and Nazdar Vatankhah

  • 10 juvenile offenders, including Mehdi Sohrabifar and Amin Sedaghat

  • 10 political prisoners, including Seyyed Jamal Haji Zavvareh, Maliheh Salehian, Abdullah Qasempour, Abdullah Karmollah Chab, Ghassem Abdullah, Hamid Derakhshandeh, Behrouz Abdipour, Hossein Roshan and Mohsen Kounani.

  • 17 public executions

In March, supreme leader Ali Khamenei appointed Ebrahim Raisi, a notorious former judge, as head of the judiciary, likely because of his role in the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners.

US State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino called Raisi’s appointment a “disgrace” and a “mockery of [the] legal process”.

He tweeted:

“Ebrahim Raeesi (Raisi), involved in mass executions of political prisoners, was chosen to lead Iran’s judiciary. What a disgrace! The regime makes a mockery of the legal process by allowing unfair trials and inhumane prison conditions. Iranians deserve better!”

Iran HRM wrote:

“[We urge] all international human rights organizations, especially the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, journalists and the media, to condemn horrendous executions in Iran and take immediate action to stop these medieval crimes being carried out in the twenty-first century. We want an Iran, free of any executions.”

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MEK: Iran execution rate rising

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Iranian diaspora protest against the 1988 massacre in which 30000 MEK members and supporters were executed in Iran (file photo)

October 10 was World Day against the Death Penalty and this makes it the perfect time to reflect on the death penalty in Iran, for which Iran Human Rights Monitor’s (HRM) annual report has just been released.

There are hundreds of people in Iran that are sentenced to death every year, with thousands lingering on death row in Iranian jails, but the Iranian officials have never heeded the world’s calls to ban the death penalty.

Several independent international bodies, including the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran and Amnesty International, have said that Iran is the top executioner per capita, the second biggest executioner in terms of numbers, and the world leader in the executions of children and juvenile offenders.

Iran Human Rights Monitor notes that in 2019 alone, at least 200 individuals have been executed, including eight juvenile offenders, 10 women, and six political prisoners. At least 12 executions were carried out in public. More worrying still, this appears to be escalating, with at least nine women executed in just eight months, compared with an average of 6 to 10 per year from 2016 to 2018.

The Regime uses execution as a tool to suppress the Iranian people, most of whom live under the poverty line, are unemployed, and deprived of freedom of expression. They hardly make a secret of it. Supreme leader Ali Khamenei appointed notorious former judge Ebrahim Raisi, who was partly responsible for the massacre of 30,000 people in 1988, mostly members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK), as judiciary chief back in March to keep a lid on social unrest.

The US State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino denounced Raisi’s appointment as a “disgrace” and a “mockery of legal process”.

He tweeted: “Ebrahim Raisi, involved in mass executions of political prisoners, was chosen to lead Iran’s judiciary. What a disgrace! The regime makes a mockery of the legal process by allowing unfair trials and inhumane prison conditions. Iranians deserve better!”

While 160 countries have abolished the death penalty, Iran continues to execute people contrary to the standards required under international law and executes juvenile offenders, those with mental disabilities, and those who have not committed serious crimes (i.e. drug users, political activists). They also refuse to categorize murders according to their degrees, meaning that there is no leniency for manslaughter, self-defense, or domestic abuse victims.

Iran HRM wrote:  “[We urge] all international human rights organizations, especially the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, journalists and the media, to condemn horrendous executions in Iran and take immediate action to stop these medieval crimes being carried out in the twenty-first century. We want an Iran, free of any executions.”

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MEK: Iran is top executioner in world

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Street exhibition by Iranian diaspora highlighting the 1988 massacre, mainly MEK members and supporters, in Iran, Paris (file photo)

Iran has the most number of executions per capita in the world, as well as being the world’s top executioner of juveniles, having executed at least 3,800 people since supposed moderate Hassan Rouhani became president in 2013.

This should come as no surprise because all the way back in 1980, when he was a lawmaker, Rouhani called for the Regime’s political opponents to be hanged in public at Friday prayers to serve as an example to others.

These executions have continued in Iran throughout 2019, with at least 199 people executed so far this year, according to Iran Human Rights Monitor (Iran-HRM). This is despite the fact that the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman, condemned Iran’s execution rate in 2018, specifically the executions of at least six juvenile offenders.

Under the Regime’s so-called Citizens Rights Charter, Iranians don’t have a right to life and the age at which the death sentence can be handed down is nine for girls and 15 for boys.

The most common victims of this heinous crime are activists of the Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), with some 120,000 of them executed by the Regime since 1981.

Some 30,000 of these were executed under a fatwa by Regime Founder Ruhollah Khomeini in 1988 after hastily set up Death Commissions held kangaroo trials and ordered the execution of anyone who refused to renounce the MEK. The victims were buried in mass graves, their deaths covered up, and those responsible given cushy positions in the Regime, like current Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi and current Justice Minister Alireza Avaei.

Amnesty International, the late UN Special Rapporteur on Iran Asma Jahangir, and Iran HRM all called for an independent investigation into the massacre, but so far it has not materialized.

Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi wants to ensure that the death penalty is banned in Iran, alongside torture and all other human rights abuses; something they’ve advocated many times over the past four decades.

Rajavi said:

“Our plan for the future is to put an end to the mullahs’ religious decrees. We reject the inhuman penal code and other abusive laws of this regime. We believe Retribution is an inhuman law. Our plan is to institute an independent, dynamic and free judiciary. Our plan is to defend democratic values, freedom, equality, and sanctity of every citizen’s private life…. Our plan is for all citizens to enjoy genuine security and equal rights before the law. We are seeking a new order based on freedom, democracy, and equality.”

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