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MEK: Iranian Regime Executes Political Prisoner

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Iranian regime executes a political prisoner.

The Iranian regime executed a Kurdish political prisoner last Saturday, following his prison break during the riots over the coronavirus crisis there.

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This Week in Iran: Harsh Sentences for Activists, Executions, and Prison Beatings

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Saba Kurd Afshar, human right activist, sentenced to 24 years in prison in Iran for protesting against the compulsory veiling.

Iranian women’s rights activist Saba Kord Afshari was sentenced to 24 years in prison this week for protesting the compulsory hijab and refusing to make a televised “confession.” The sentence, which was handed down by the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, is yet another example of the regime’s use of suppression and intimidation to stifle dissent.

24-Year Sentence for Hijab Violation

Ms. Afshari was arrested on August 2, 2018, during protests in Daneshjoo Park in Tehran. She was detained in Qarchak Prison until her conviction for “disruption of public order.” She was then transferred to the women’s ward of the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran, where she was held until her release in February 2019.

Afshari was arrested again on June 1, 2019, and has been detained since then. She was first taken to Qarchak Prison and then transferred to Ward 2A of Evin Prison in July, which is controlled by the Intelligence Department of the Revolutionary Guards. Intelligence agents at Evin Prison pressured her to make false confessions, which she has steadfastly refused to do, according to the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). Agents even went so far as to arrest Ms. Afshari’s mother in a further attempt to coerce a confession, to no avail. Ms. Afshari was sent back to Qarchak after it became clear that she would not make a false confession and was then transferred once more to the women’s ward of Evin Prison on August 13, 2019, shortly before her trial began.

Ms. Afshari, who is in her early 20s, faced trial in Branch 26 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court on August 19, 2019 on charges of “propaganda against the State,” “association and collusion aimed at national security,” and “promoting corruption and prostitution by removing her veil and walking in the streets without the veil.”

She faced a maximum of 15 years for violating the regime’s compulsory hijab (veil), but the sentence was increased by half because she faced “numerous charges” and had a “previous record.”

Civil Rights Activists Imprisoned

On Monday, August 26, 2019, nine civil rights activists were sentenced to a total of 54 years of prison on charges of “association and collusion against national security” and “propaganda against the state.”

Each of the activists received a six-year sentence for their civil rights work. Three of the activists, Shima Babaii, Mojgan Lali, and Shaghayegh Mahaki, are women.

Public Execution

A man known only as “H” was publicly executed in the city of Babol in Mazandaran Province, northern Iran, early in the morning on Monday, August 26th. The 25-year-old man was hanged in the city’s Babolkenar Park.

Woman Executed

This week, the regime carried out its 94th execution of a woman in prison since “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani took office. The woman was executed in the city of Mashhad.

The Mujahedin-e Khalq/ MEK has repeatedly called for Rouhani and other officials of the Iranian regime to be blacklisted from the international community for their human rights violations. The regime conducts the highest number of executions per capita in the world and has been condemned by the United Nations on 65 separate occasions for its human rights record.

Inmates Attacked by Guards

On Sunday, August 25th, dozens of prison guards at Gohardasht Prison in Karaj viciously attacked inmates while conducting an early morning raid in Ward 1.

The guards began the unprovoked attack with vulgar insults and harassment, then progressed to physical assault. Prisoner Shahin Sheikhan protested the attacks and was severely beaten and transferred to solitary confinement, according to Mujahedin-e Khalq/MEK sources inside Iran.

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120 Years of Struggle by Iran's People for Freedom - MEK Opposition conference in Albania Ashraf-3

Day Two of Conference at Ashraf-3 Features Speeches from International Dignitaries

120 Years of Struggle by Iran's People for Freedom - MEK Opposition conference in Albania Ashraf-3

120 Years of Struggle by Iran’s People for Freedom – MEK Opposition conference in Albania Ashraf-3

The MEK hosted the second day of an international conference on Friday at Ashraf-3, the home of the Iranian Resistance’s headquarters in Albania. The conference, entitled “120 years of struggle of the Iranian people for freedom,” was attended by thousands of MEK members and prominent politicians and dignitaries from around the world.

The conference’s focus was to condemn the Iranian regime for its suppressive and inhuman actions at home and its terrorist activities abroad and to call on the international community to end the policy of appeasement that allowed the regime to act without consequences.

Speakers at the conference also emphasized that the international community must recognize the MEK and NCRI as the democratic alternative to the mullahs’ regime in order to bring peace and stability to the region.

The following are some of the highlights from the speeches at Friday’s event:

Maryam Rajavi

President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

From Mrs. Rajavi’s keynote address:

“One of the missing links in previous movements of the Iranian people was a coherent organization and an organized struggle, coupled with a determined and battle-hardened force prepared to make any sacrifice necessary. As a result, the people’s previous struggles did not succeed despite all their sacrifices,” she said in reference to the failure of past uprisings.

Mrs. Rajavi also spoke about the many crimes perpetrated against the MEK by the mullahs’ regime.

“Despite all the crimes and massacres he committed, Khomeini failed to extinguish the flames of freedom. Over the past 40 years, 120,000 persons have given their lives for the cause of freedom. That includes the 30,000 people who were massacred in 1988 for insisting on their political identity as a member of the Mojahedin. Another half-a-million people were arrested and viciously tortured,” she said.

“The mullahs continued their crimes against Ashraf and Liberty by setting 22 deadlines in 10 years, through a medical blockade, through psychological torture using over 300 loudspeakers blaring into Ashraf for two years, and through 29 ground and aerial attacks, using armored vehicles and missile launchers, including the commission of seven bloodbaths and massacres,” she continued.

Mrs. Rajavi concluded on a hopeful note, saying, “But today, we have reached a historic turning point. An Ashraf which has once again risen up, proud and powerful, shining bright at the zenith of this Resistance. This Ashraf has been replicated 1000 times in the form of resistance units all over Iran. And a volatile society which is no longer willing to put up with the mullahs, yearning to overthrow them.”


MEK member and resident at Ashraf-3

“I grew up in Sweden and was about to travel to France to study, but a video that I’d seen couldn’t leave my mind; a video of someone being stoned to death in Iran. I saw myself at a crossroads. I could live my own life and fulfil my dreams or I could put everything aside and fulfil my people’s dreams. That’s why I joined the MEK, to live for others. I thank all of you for being with us,” she said.

Ingrid Betancourt

Former Colombian Senator and Presidential candidate

“It’s just amazing what the MEK has done to transform this place since the last time I visited. I am proud to be your friend,” said Ms. Betancourt. “Your decision to confront the tyranny and pay the highest price. This sacrifice today is bearing its fruit. I see that here in Ashraf 3. It’s a miracle. I have been with you for a couple of years and I am amazed by your support and your political savviness. As a woman, I feel very proud and that in the world there is no organization like the MEK that gives women this power.”

“We are making history today,” she added. “Your victory is our victory and we will be very soon with you in Tehran!” Ms. Betancourt proclaimed.

Rudy Giuliani

Former New York City Mayor

“There is an alternative to the theocracy and dictatorship in Iran. It is a government-in-exile, and it gives us the confidence that if we help overthrow the Iranian regime, there will be prosperity and democracy in Iran,” said the former mayor.

Giuliani referred to the numerous terrorist plots against the MEK by the Iranian regime in 2018, saying, “They tried to bomb us in the US. They tried to bomb us here in Tirana a year and a half ago. They tried to bomb us in Paris a year ago. They’re the biggest state sponsor of terrorism and we let them sit in the UN and talk to them like they’re decent people.”

“I thank Madam Maryam Rajavi for letting me be part of this, and this is something that I am proud of and probably my children will be proud of…I wish to have this meeting in Tehran before I die,” Giuliani said.

Giuliani encouraged the MEK to continue their struggle for freedom. “You keep trying and you fail, you keep trying and you fail, and then the Berlin Wall comes down. It will happen eventually, but let’s make it happen now before another 100,000 deaths,” he said.

Senator Joseph Lieberman

Former U.S. Senator and Vice-Presidential candidate

“You in the NCRI have given us the opportunity to be true to our national principles. When I’m here I feel that I’m representing the spirit of my great friend, the late Senator John McCain, who was warned by the establishment to stay away from this organization, but he spent time learning about it. He came to Ashraf 3, believing in this organization and its cause,” said Lieberman.

“Ashraf 3 has become something magnificent. Coming here and seeing this magnificent community that you’ve built is miraculous. It teaches us lessons,” he continued.

Lieberman praised the Ashrafis for their perseverance, saying, “The citizens of Ashraf never gave up despite the atrocities they faced imposed by the Iranian regime.”

He also talked about the exhibition of the history of MEK members who have been killed and persecuted by the Iranian regime that he and other speakers viewed before the conference began: “This exhibition, despite the mourning, is inspiring. And the whole story of the Ashrafis is inspiring,” he said.

“With the kind of leadership that the MEK and Maryam Rajavi are giving and will give in Iran; with the support of people from around the world who are represented here and with the resistance of the Iranian people inside of Iran, we will have a meeting some day in Iran and come together and have a great party,” Lieberman concluded.

Michèle Alliot-Marie

MEP; former French Foreign, Defense, Justice and Interior Minister

Alliot-Marie referenced the MEK memorial, saying, “I have to say that I’m very moved. What a contrast between the dramatic, horrifying images that we saw a few minutes ago. To be in contact with men and women who have given their lives for such a cause. To see what you have been able to achieve. You wish to give so much to the Iranian people.”

“You have people who have been tortured yet you still pave the path for freedom. This visit to Ashraf 3 was very moving for us,” she continued.

“I have the privilege of being able to speak and think freely. Yet I also know that today this liberty is not available everywhere across the globe,” Alliot-Marie said.

“We are also obliged to all people who are being subjugated to dictators around the world, and in Iran. We are here today, Mrs. Rajavi, to tell you that you are not alone,” she said.

“We have to give the Iranian people courage and the help they need so they can get their future back,” Alliot-Marie concluded.

Matthew Offord

MP (United Kingdom)

“You are the proof of a proud brave nation that will never succumb to the atrocities of the regime,” Offord said, addressing the MEK members at the conference.

“We have always argued that decoupling the regime’s human rights violations from the nuclear deal was a mistake,” he said.

“We have been proven right that there is no moderate faction inside the Iranian regime.” he added.

“There are two issues that we continue to raise in our debates,” Offord said:

  1. “We need to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its atrocities in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners.”
  2. “The U.K. government needs to blacklist the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and all its subsidiary as a terrorist organization.”

“This measure will signal to the Iranian people that they are not forgotten and we stand with them,” he emphasized.

Offord added, “We want to recognize the right of the Iranian people and the resistance led by Madame Maryam Rajavi to establish a democratic and free republic in Iran.”

“Iran’s current regime is not just a threat to the Iranian people but to the peace around the world,” he concluded.

General James Conway

Former Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps

“I participated in a policy panel in Ashraf 3 and we were invited to dinner with the ladies of Ashraf 3. And some of them shared with me their stories of sacrifice and suffering. What I saw last night in terms of the ability to endure loss and yet move on was the sense of unit cohesion and dedication to each other that was the same as you see in the military. The sense of mission and dedication to accomplish it, said General Conway.

“I’m absolutely confident that with those ladies, you will make your country free someday,” he added.

Ms. Mojgan Parsaie

Former MEK Secretary General

“The story of the supporters of Ashraf who helped rescue the MEK members is the story of honorable people,” said Ms. Parsaie.

“Time has shown that you stand on the right side of history. The future will show more appreciation,” she added.

“Mayor Giuliani was correct that the solution to Iran is not appeasement but regime change. Throughout history there are always tyrants and for a period they seem invincible. However, they all fall at the end. Always.” Ms. Parsaie concluded.

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Two Prisoners are Executed on Murder Charges


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Archive Photo: Supporters of the MEK, participate in a demonstration in Berlin, calling for an end to executions in Iran.

Two prisoners in regime custody at Karaj and Bandar Abbas prisons were hanged on Saturday, December 8th. Jamshid Agharahimi and Behzad Adib were both convicted on murder charges. Adib was adamant that he was innocent of the crimes he was charged with and repeatedly asserted his innocence even after he was taken to Karaj Central Prison for his execution.

A String of Executions

The two executions were the latest in a string of regime state-sanctioned killings. On Thursday, the 6th of December, the regime executed 12 prisoners in Kerman. Four were of the Baluchi minority.

Similarly, at the end of November, three prisoners were publicly hanged in Shiraz. The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), published a video taken by an eyewitness which clearly showed the accused standing on the back of pickup trucks with nooses around their necks. They had hoods placed over their heads.

The three men stood convicted of “moharebeh” charges. These charges, loosely translated as “waging war against God”, are often used by the regime to execute political dissidents on arbitrary, jumped-up charges.

In mid-November, the regime also executed 10 prisoners in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj province.

Public Outcry

The regime’s use of the death penalty has come under scrutiny in recent months. The UN General Assembly’s Third Commission issued a statement condemning the regime’s use of the barbaric form of punishment. It expressed concerns over the “alarmingly high frequency” at which the state puts people to death.

U.N. Censures Iranian Regime for Human Rights Abuses for 65th Time

The General Assembly also took the opportunity to raise concerns over the “widespread and systematic use of arbitrary detention” and poor prison conditions, citing reports of the regime “deliberately denying prisoners access to adequate medical treatment” and “cases of suspicious deaths in custody”.

Iran Human Rights Monitor also recently released its annual report for 2018. Within the report, the human rights advocacy group found that the regime had employed the death penalty in 285 cases this year, including against political dissidents, and in cases where the alleged perpetrator committed the alleged crime under the age of 18.

The report shed light on the Iranian regime, which executed more citizens per capita than any other regime on earth. The Iran Human Rights Monitor report also found that ethnic minorities, including the Arab, Baluch, and Kurd minorities, were heavily overrepresented among execution cases.

The regime also administers particularly violent punishments, including the death penalty, against Sunni Muslims, Christians, Jews, and women.

The MEK and the president-elect Maryam Rajavi, have unequivocally condemned the regime’s use of the death penalty in all cases. It stands for the abolition of capital punishment in Iran and an independent judiciary to administer punishments independent of government interference.

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A call for stopping executions in Iran

Iranian Regime Executes Twelve Prisoners

A call for stopping executions in Iran

A demonstration by supporters of MEK in Paris, calling for an end to executions in Iran-February 2018

Twelve prisoners were executed in Iran’s Kerman Prison on December 6th. The prisoners were executed for the crime of drug trafficking. This is despite the fact that regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards control the trafficking of narcotics in Iran. The regime and its surrogates use the drug trade to make billions of dollars to support the regime’s exportation of terrorism and warmongering in the region.

Two weeks ago, Rouhani said on State television that “when it comes to drugs, there is dirty money when there is dirty money, there is money laundering, in Afghanistan, in Iran, in Turkey, in Europe …”

Rahmani Fazli, Rouhani’s Interior Minister previously made this confession: “The annual flow of money from drugs is 20 trillion tomans, which is equivalent to two-thirds of the country’s development budget. Dirty money from drug trafficking penetrates all sectors. In the field of politics, elections and the transfer of political power in the country.”

The regime distributes drugs to finance its terrorist activities. Aside from the obvious issue of the regime’s exportation of terrorism in the region and abroad, the regime has powered a drug epidemic that has devastated the youth of Iran. In addition to this, the regime executes the victims of the epidemic it has created in order to create a climate of fear. The mullahs hope that this environment of suppression and intimidation will prevent the spread of anti-regime protests led by the MEK.

Garmaby, a member of the regime’s parliament, stated on the Parliament website that “the age of drug addiction has become very low in our country and (drug) is easily accessible to everyone. You can buy it [drugs] from any kiosk at the intersections.”

In a June 12, 2015 interview on State television, the Deputy Minister of Sports and Youth said, “Among the 23 million young people in our country, 3 million are addicted.”

According to the ISNA news agency, the head of the State anti-narcotic organization reported four million drug addicts in Iran as of October of 2018 and said that 21 percent of the country’s 13 million workers are addicted to drugs. The regime’s former Vice-President for Women’s Affairs said that 10 percent of drug addicts are women. The actual numbers are likely to be much higher than those reported by the regime.

The Iranian regime also exports drugs outside of the country and traffics them to a number of foreign countries. Reuters reported in November that 270 tons of heroin were discovered in a ship in the port of Genoa, Italy. The heroin originated from Iran. German media reported in May that 45 kilograms of heroin were found embedded in Iranian carpets at Germany’s Leipzig Airport. The carpets were intended to be exported. According to the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Germany, 150 kilograms of heroin was found in Iranian trucks traveling from Iran through Turkey to Germany. Many other reports have surfaced of the regime’s large-scale distribution of narcotics.

On a November 19th report on Sky News, the Basra Provincial Police Commander in Iraq said Iran was “the source of 80 percent of the narcotics in the province.”

“Today, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps obtains the necessary currency through the sale of narcotics and has turned Iraq to the drug transfer center for different regions of the world,” he added.

“The Iraqi people and knowledgeable people are aware that drug trafficking in Iraq is under the control of the Iranian regime and is under the control of the Revolutionary Guards and supported by the militants of Hashd al-Sha’bi,” he said.

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Amnesty International's report on the 1988 massacre

Amnesty International Holds Press Conference Following its Landmark Report on 1988 Massacre

Amnesty International's report on the 1988 massacre

Amnesty International published its report on the crime against humanity, the massacre of the political prisoners in Iran during the summer of 1988.

Amnesty International held a news conference today following the release of its new landmark report on the 1988 massacre in Iran.

The report, entitled “Blood-Soaked Secrets: Why Iran’s 1988 Prison Massacres are Ongoing Crimes Against Humanity”, compiled testimonies, documentary evidence, and audio-visual evidence to illustrate the Iranian regime’s barbaric and systematic slaughter of tens of th members of the Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK).

A Carefully Planned and Systematically Executed Mass Murder Operation

The report found that the regime targeted members of the Iranian opposition, including the MEK and groups, keeping their families in the dark about their whereabouts and ultimate execution.


The regime then falsified death certificates and carried out secret burials to hide its atrocities and absolve itself of any blame or scrutiny. Amnesty International found the regime guilty of several crimes under international law, including enforced disappearance, torture, and crimes against humanity.

A Lingering Injustice

For the families of the victims of the 1988 massacre, the report marks a landmark moment in the fight for justice.

They have suffered 30-years of distorted truth and lies about the fate of their loved ones. “To this day, their families are denied [the] truth,” said Amnesty International’s David Griffiths. “[The] new Amnesty International report demands truth and justice now”.

For a long time, the authorities treated the killings as state secrets, the Amnesty report found. Any time the wall of secrecy was penetrated, the regime responded with harsh reprisals and levied charges against those accused of “disclosing state secrets”.

In a press conference following the report’s release, Amnesty International’s Iran researcher, Raha Bahreini said, “authorities have never acknowledged even one of [the] mass grave sites where they dumped bodies”.

The regime has actually hailed those responsible for the 1988 killings as heroes. Alireza Avaei, the regime’s current Minister for Justice was part of the “death commission” for Dezful and oversaw executions in that city.

The current Head of the Supreme Court for Judges, Hossein Ali Nayyeri, was also part of a “death commission” in 1988, as was Mostafa Pour Mohammadi, who was a representative for the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS).

In a statement, Amnesty International said, “families and survivors have been grossly failed by the UN and the international community. The lack of condemnation from the UN Commission of Human Rights at the time and the failure of the UN General Assembly to refer the situation to the Security Council emboldened Iran’s authorities to continue to deny the truth and inflict torture and ill-treatment on the families.”

The ongoing lack of accountability and justice means that families still do not know where their loved ones’ bodies are located. The regime will not acknowledge the existence of mass grave sites, let alone disclose their locations.

Holding Those to Account

In the report, Amnesty International recommended that the UN establish an independent and impartial international mechanism to hold those responsible within the regime to account for their crimes.

This sentiment was echoed by its Middle East Research Director, Lynn Maalouf who said on Twitter, “Amnesty International considers the extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances to be crimes against humanity”.

The MEK and other campaigners for democracy and justice across the globe will welcome Amnesty International’s investigation of one of the bloodiest and most evil chapters in Iran’s history.

However, it is only effective if international legal mechanisms and the UN can work to pressure Iran into investigating the matter and putting those responsible for these heinous crimes on trial. Those responsible must be made to answer for their crimes before civilian courts. Only then will justice have been served for the families of the 1988 victims.

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Public hanging in Iran

Three Iranians are Publicly Executed in Shiraz

Public hanging in Iran

A scene of a public hanging in Iran.

On Wednesday, November 21st, as the morning sun beat down on the beige buildings, three blindfolded men were led into the middle of a public square. Around them, masked men readied several nooses. Another masked man shouted their charges through a megaphone.

The three prisoners, the masked man exclaimed to the small group gathered in attendance, were accused of “moharebeh” or “fighting with God”. The charge is increasingly being used by the clerical regime in Iran to arbitrary try its political opponents.

In December, a court upheld the death penalty for Swedish resident, Ahmadreza Djalali over the same accusations. Several arrested during the December and January protests have also been charged with the same “moharebeh” umbrella charge.

The three men in Shiraz are forced aboard trucks, carefully positioned so the flatbeds lie underneath the pre-arranged nooses, on their flanks are three further masked men. Escape is not an option.

In a brutal act of suppression and violence, the three men were hanged in the sunlit square, in full view of the Iranian public.

A Regime in Crisis

The events that took place on Wednesday in Shiraz are not an isolated incident. Across Iran, unlawful public hangings like these are becoming increasingly common. Between January and June this year, the clerical regime executed 176 Iranian citizens.

The increasing use of the death penalty, including in cases against minor offenders who committed their crimes under the age of 18, is a sign of the increasing peril the regime finds itself in.

Alongside the surge in executions, has been a surge in anti-regime protests. Most recently, the brave workers at Haft Tappeh sugar factory took to the streets over the regime’s forced privatization of the company. Similar, the workers at Ahvaz Steel also went on strike in protest over the regime’s oppression and mismanagement.

The Iranian regime has always responded to civil unrest with violence and repression. The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), Iran’s largest and most popular political opposition group, was on the receiving end of this violence and oppression every time it threatened the regime’s future in power.

The most violent of all these responses took place in 1988 when the regime executed more than 30,000 MEK members in regime custody.

International Condemnation

In response to the Iranian regime’s widespread use of violence and executions to ensure its future survival, international NGOs and human rights groups have lined up to condemn the mullahs and their Supreme Leader Khamenei.

U.N. Censures Iranian Regime for Human Rights Abuses for 65th Time

The MEK, the Iranian resistance, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, and the rapporteur on arbitrary executions have all spoken out against the regime’s arbitrary application of the death penalty.

They have called for the immediate cessation of this medieval and inhumane form of punishment.

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Paris conference on the occasion of the World Day Against Torture

Paris Conference Opposing Death Penalty Focuses on Iranian Regime

Paris conference on the occasion of the World Day Against Torture

Paris conference on the occasion of the World Day Against Torture-A call to end the raising executions in Iran

The Committee for the Support of Human Rights in Iran (CSDHI) held a conference in Paris on Wednesday, October 10th, in recognition of “World Day Against the Death Penalty.” The event was hosted by the Mayor of the 5th District of Paris and included speeches by politicians, dignitaries, and celebrities.


Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), spoke about the execution of 120,000 political prisoners, most of whom were MEK members, by the Iranian regime. Mrs. Rajavi said, “Their deaths are an everlasting disgrace for the mullahs who have built the pillars of their rule on blood.”

Mrs. Rajavi went on to say that the Iranian regime continues to use the death penalty to control and intimidate the Iranian people: “The death penalty is a tool for terrorizing the society and a significant instrument for preserving the regime. Both factions benefit from such endless savagery to prolong the regime’s rule,” she said.

Mrs. Rajavi further called upon governments worldwide to condition all political and economic relations with the Iranian regime upon the cessation of torture and executions and the dismantling of their terrorist apparatus.


Florence Berthout, Mayor of the 5th District of Paris, lauded the NCRI’s struggle against the Iranian regime, quoting Victor Hugo. “The death penalty is the eternal sign of barbarism,” she quoted.


Jean-François Legaret, Mayor of the 1st District of Paris, paid tribute to the 30,000 political prisoners (mostly MEK members) executed during the 1988 Massacre in Iran. He emphasized that “these barbarities still continue” and went on to describe more recent attempts by the Iranian regime to silence the opposition, specifically the MEK. He mentioned the foiled terrorist attack on the annual NCRI gathering outside of Paris in June. “An Iranian minister sponsored the attack on Villepinte,” he said. “The Iranian regime is desperate and is trying to execute those outside, who stand in solidarity with the resistance in Iran.” Legaret stressed. “I call on the French government to launch an international investigation under the auspices of the UN to shed light on this state terrorism and the barbarities in Iran.”

Ingrid Betancourt, former FARC hostage and Colombian presidential candidate, also discussed the foiled terrorist plot on the NCRI gathering in her speech. She commended France for standing up to the Iranian regime despite its threats and pressure, and for demanding that the terrorists responsible for the attack face justice. She also called upon all of those who were present at the NCRI gathering to join her in filing a civil lawsuit in Belgium regarding the attack.


Gilbert Mitterrand, the President of the Danielle Mitterrand Foundation, said, “Iran is, unfortunately, the world champion, the world record holder of executions.”

Jean-Pierre Béquet, former Mayor of Auvers- sur-Oise, congratulated the Iranian Resistance for including the abolition of the death penalty in its political platform. He also noted the positivity of the MEK members he had encountered. “When we went to Tirana to see the Ashrafians who had just arrived, with many wounded and maimed as a result of the regime’s attacks. These people had no hatred or revenge,” he said.

Jean-Pierre Muller, Mayor of Magny- en-Vexin said, “There are no moderates in Iran, only barbarians.” He proposed a day of solidarity between the people of France and the MEK.

Jean-Pierre Brard, Mayor of Montreuil also spoke about the foiled terrorist attack in June, emphasizing that “the attack not only targeted the resistance, but it also targeted our country. This embodies the hate seen in the mullahs.” Brard flatly rejected the idea that moderates exist in Iranian politics, saying, “A fascist is always a fascist.”


Bruno Macé, Mayor of Villiers-Adam, had also visited the MEK camp in Albania. “I saw in Tirana people who want to set up this secular democracy that we all aspire to.”

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Ten political prisoners were executed in Iran during 2018

International Human Rights Groups Condemn the Regime’s Unlawful Executions and Ill-Treatment of Prisoners in Iran

Ten political prisoners were executed in Iran during 2018

Photo credit Iran HRM: At least 10 political prisoners were executed by the Iranian regime under Hassan Rouhani in 2018.

Wednesday, October 10th was the World Day Against the Death Penalty and given the mullahs execute more of their own citizens per capita than any other country on earth, many human rights groups took the opportunity to turn their attention towards Iran.

From January to June 2018, the clerical regime has carried out 176 executions. Among them were political prisoners, prisoners detained on drug-re`lated charges, women, and juvenile offenders that committed their crimes under the age of 18.

The political climate in Iran is such that anyone voicing their dissent or publicly decrying the Iranian regime’s brutal campaign of violence becomes a target themselves.

During the summer of 1988, the Iranian regime executed over 30,000 political prisoners, mainly members of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK). Their only crime was holding a political belief in the strength of democracy and a hope for a brighter future for Iran.

Prisoners Live in Appalling Conditions

It isn’t just the executions that concern human rights groups. Reports of prisoners living in appalling conditions are commonplace.

Many are subjected to torture. Reports of nails being ripped out, prisoners being suspended by their hands or feet, the denial of medical care, floggings, beatings, limited food and water, and denied use of a shower and toilet have emerged from Iranian prisons.

Speaking Out

Prisoners have explored avenues of drawing attention to their plight. There have been cases of hunger strikes, where in some cases prisoners have sewn their mouths shut.

One prisoner eager to share her story is Atena Daemi, currently imprisoned in Evin prison in Tehran. She is a human rights defender and recently got a letter to friends and family on the outside outlining her ill-treatment.

International human rights groups have condemned Iran’s use of the death penalty. Many are calling for an end of executions in Iran.

Others are also drawing international attention to Iran’s “grossly unfair” legal system, whereby many prisoners are tortured into signing confessions, are restricted access to their lawyers, and are often found guilty in short show trials lasting mere minutes.

Many of Iran’s prisoners do not deserve to be behind bars. But even worse, many of those heading to the gallows do not deserve to have their lives ended so prematurely, particularly the juvenile offenders who were teenagers or children at the time their crimes were committed.

A director of Amnesty International commented on the situation. They said, “by carrying out this unlawful execution, Iran is effectively declaring that it wishes to maintain the country’s shameful status as one of the world’s leading executors of those who were children at the time of their crime”.

It will rely on pressure from the international community and public outcry from Iranians to save the country’s prisoners from their plight. Only by freeing the country from the yoke of the mullahs can conditions for everyone improve.

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Annual report on violations of human rights in Iran

Iran Human Rights Monitor’s Harrowing Annual Report on the Use of the Death Penalty in Iran

Annual report on violations of human rights in Iran

Photo Credit to Iran HRM: More than 3600 people have been executed under Hassan Rouhani-Zarif tenure in Iran.

Iran Human Rights Monitor released its annual report on the use of the death penalty in Iran on October 9th, 2018. The report denounced the clerical regime’s use of such brutal and barbaric punishments, which has put them among the most violent regimes in the world.

The World Leaders in Executions

The mullahs’ regime executes more people per capita than any other country on the planet. It executes a similar number of its citizens to China each year, but China’s population is more than 17 times larger than Iran’s.

What separates the clerical regime in Iran from other violent government is the ease at which it hands out capital punishment sentences. In Iran, political dissidents, religious minorities and juvenile offenders are commonly executed, with many of their crimes nothing more than political resistance.

The annual report from Iran Human Rights Monitor puts the total number of death sentences carried out under current President Hassan Rouhani at around 3,602. Of these, 34 were juvenile offenders.

Killing Iran’s Youth

Only four countries have executed juveniles since 2013. Unfortunately, Iran is one of them.

As well as the 34 juvenile offenders executed, a further 85 men and women are currently on death row for crimes they allegedly committed as a minor.

This is a clear breach of international law, which states that the death sentence “shall not be imposed for crimes committed by persons below 18 years of age”.

To get around this law, the Iranian regime detains the juvenile offenders until their 18th birthday, after which they are summarily executed. This year, five juvenile offenders were executed in this manner, including Mahboubeh Mofidi.

Mofidi was 20 when the regime executed her at Nowshahr prison in January. She was married at 13 and murdered her husband three years later when she was 17. Despite committing the crime as a juvenile, the regime executed her.

2018: A Bloody Year

Since January, 223 people have been executed. 35 of these were executed in public. Iran Human Rights Monitor was quick to assert that these were conservative estimates. Given many executions take place behind closed doors, it is difficult to gather an exact figure.

For the mullahs, the death penalty is not a punishment but a way of controlling the population and preserving their grip on power.

Political Dissidents

As protests spread across Iran, affecting Iran’s key trades and industries, the mullahs are increasingly awarding the death penalty to suppress the Iranian opposition. Many are arrested on the charge of being affiliated with the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK).

This was most recently on display in the Iranian truck drivers’ strike. After protests broke out across Iran’s major towns and cities, the mullahs were quick to threaten the strikers with execution.

Since January 2018, 10 political prisoners have been executed, despite intense pressure from international human rights groups calling for their release.

In the case of Ramin Hossein Panahi. He was executed after little more than a show trial over charges that he allegedly drew a weapon on agents of Iran’s security forces.

He was denied visitation from his lawyer and family. There was evidence that he had been tortured into signing a “confession” and was subsequently awarded the death penalty. In protest at his unfair treatment, Panahi went on hunger strike, even sewing his lips together in protest. He was executed on September 8th.

No Due Process

What makes Iran Human Rights Monitor’s findings all the more concerning is that many, as in Panahi’s case, are executed without a fair trial.

Short trials supported by confessions obtained under torture rob young Iranians of the opportunity to defend themselves. Without due process, many are convicted and sentenced to death in a matter of hours.

The conditions prisoners are held in are also inhumane and grossly unethical. Iranian death row wards are comparable to medieval scenes of torture. Many prisoners are subjected to solitary confinement for long periods at a time and are routinely tortured.

Those on death row are frequently restricted to bathing once every two months an using a toilet once every 24 hours. They are fed rations no larger than the size of the palm of a hand.

Iran Human Rights Monitor verified reports of guards pouring boiling water on prisoners, poking their genitalia with needles, pulling out prisoners’ nails, leaving prisoners in absolute darkness for up to 40 days, and hanging prisoners from their wrists or ankles.

Prisoners can spend up to a decade living in these conditions.

For the families, they hear little of the fate of their loved one. In many cases, they are only informed of the execution after it has taken place, robbing them of the opportunity to say their goodbyes.

To add insult, the regime often forces the families to pay for the noose or bullet involved in the execution of their loved one. If they do not pay, they do not receive the victim’s body.

Iran Human Rights Monitor took the opportunity to urge international human rights groups and advocates, to apply pressure to the Iranian regime to compel it to stop employing this cruel and barbaric use of the death penalty.

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