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Political prisoners are denied medical care

Iranian Political Prisoners Denied Medical Care

Political prisoners are denied medical care

Hassan Rouhani’s government is imposing more pressure on political prisoners by rejecting medical care.

In another example of the Iranian regime’s brutality, recent reports have emerged that political prisoners are being denied medical treatment while in detention. These reports have come from multiple prisoners in different prisons in Iran. The regime has cracked down on political dissent since the uprising began last December and has increased its use of harsh punishments and torture on political prisoners. Refusing to grant medical treatment to prisoners is a form of physical and psychological torture.

Gohardasht Prison

Hall 10 of Section 4 in Gohardasht Prison is a maximum security facility. Prisoners there lack heat, hot water for bathing, ventilation, and nutritious food.

Officials at Gohardasht Prison in Karaj have destroyed the medical records of political prisoners held in Hall 10, Section 4 of the prison. Reports from MEK network inside Iran indicate, regime officials in prisons are refusing to transfer prisoners with medical conditions to the hospital for treatment or even to the prison clinic to be seen by a physician.

According to reports from the MEK network inside Iran, political prisoner Majid Asadi is being denied treatment for multiple medical issues, including acute digestive disease with severe pain.

Asadi, who is now 36, was arrested for his work as a student activist while attending Alameh Tabatabaie University in Tehran. He was arrested by MOIS agents in 2008 and held for three months before being released on bail. In 2010, he was arrested again, charged with “assembling and conspiring against national security,” and sentenced to four years in prison. He was later sentenced to another six-year term, which he is now serving.

Arash Sadeqi is another political prisoner who has been deprived of even minimal medical treatment for cancer. He was immediately returned to prison after undergoing surgery and has not been given access to specialists who can provide the necessary treatment for his rare form of bone cancer. He is currently in grave condition.

Amnesty International condemned Arash Sadeqi’s imprisonment, saying, “Arash Sadeghi has been in prison in Iran since 2016 solely for his peaceful human rights work, including speaking out in the media and communicating with Amnesty International.”

Political prisoner Hassan Sadeqi suffered injuries at the hands of his interrogators and is now in danger of losing his sight.

Sadeqi and his wife were arrested in 2012 for holding a ceremony in remembrance of Mr. Sadeqi’s father, who was a dissident and a member of the MEK. Mr. and Mrs. Sadeqi were each given 15 years in prison and  Mr. Sadeqi’s business was confiscated. The couple’s two children—ages 11 and 16–were left without guardians.

According to reports, Mohammad Banazadeh Amirkhizi is also in a poor condition. The 65-year-old man suffers from heart disease.

Amirkhizi was arrested in 2009 for giving financial support to the MEK and given a five-year prison sentence. He completed his sentence but was arrested again in 2016 and given an additional eleven-year prison sentence.

Orumieh Central Prison

Prisoners at Orumieh Central Prison receive minimal medical treatment. Last month three prisoners died due to a lack of medical care.

Two days ago, hundreds of prisoners in Orumieh Central Prison protested inside the prison, kicking out the warden and all section guards. The prisoners were protesting the suicide of a fellow inmate, as well as poor conditions within the prison, and the corrupt actions of the prison warden.

Hundreds of inmates in Sections 3 and 4 of Orumieh are given a total of three hours per day for bathing. The prison warden has ignored the inmates’ concerns about this issue, telling them they should reduce their energy and water consumption. Inmates also report that the prison commissary lacks basic supplies needed to meet the needs of prisoners there.

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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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Asadollah Assadi arraigned in Belgium court for terrorism

Iranian Diplomat-Terrorist and Accomplices Arraigned in Belgian Court on Terrorism Charges

Asadollah Assadi arraigned in Belgium court for terrorism

Asadollah Assadi, Iranian regime diplomat-terrorist charged in a Belgian court on terrorism a day after being extradited to Belgium.

On Wednesday, Iranian diplomat-terrorist Asadollah Assadi was arraigned in a Belgian court on terrorism charges after being extradited from Germany on Tuesday. He and three other members of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) will all stand trial on terrorism charges.

Assadi is an Iranian regime diplomat who planned a foiled terrorist attack against the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI) annual gathering this year in Paris. The event was attended by tens of thousands of people, including foreign dignitaries and politicians from all over the world, as well as tens of thousands of MEK supporters. Assadi and his associates plotted to detonate a bomb at the gathering.

Two suspects were arrested in Belgium on the day of the gathering carrying 500 grams of. TATP explosives. The couple was on their way to the gathering when they were stopped by police. The fourth suspect was arrested in France and extradited to Belgium. Assadi is accused of masterminding the plot and personally delivering the explosives to the couple who was tasked with detonating the bomb.

Last week, the French government responded to the situation by freezing all French assets belonging to the two Iranian agents involved in the plot against the MEK. They also froze all assets belonging to the MOIS.

The regime denied the charges and demanded the release of Assadi. They have claimed that he has diplomatic immunity in the case. The regime has also attempted to threaten, pressure, and make offers to the European community to secure Assadi’s return to Austria.

On October 1st, Bamberg, Germany’s high court ruled against the regime, saying that, “All the conditions have been met and there is no obstacle before extradition.”
Further, it read, the defendants could not “cite diplomatic immunity” as they had previously hoped.

The MEK uncovered Assadi’s criminal past ten years ago. He has participated in regime-sponsored assassinations thirty years, targeting the MEK.

The most recent terrorist plot against the MEK was planned at the highest levels. The decision to attack the MEK was originally planned by the regime’s Supreme National Security Council, chaired by Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani, and attended by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zari. Final approval was given by regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The details of the plot were then planned by Asadollah Assadi.

The people’s uprising that began last December and continues today has weakened the regime. They have resorted to acts of terror against the MEK in a desperate attempt to hold onto power. The plot against the MEK in June was the second foiled terrorist plot against the MEK this year. Another terrorist plot by the regime targeting MEK members in Albania was uncovered in March. In August, two MOIS members were arrested in the United States for spying on MEK members on behalf of the Iranian regime. It is clear that the mullahs’ regime views the MEK as an existential threat and is doing everything in its power to bring down the organization through terrorist acts.

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British Lord and Professor Urges the UK and Europe to Consider Any US Proposal for Further Iranian Sanctions

Lord Alton

Lord Alton, member of the UK House of Lords a long time strong supporter of MEK

A distinguished professor and member of the UK’s House of Lords has urged the UK government and its European allies to seriously consider a US appeal for multilateral participation on economic and diplomatic sanctions on Iran.

Different Approaches

Following the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, the US has reintroduced stringent economic sanctions on the Iranian regime.

However, the UK and European governments have been reluctant to follow suit, instead preferring to salvage the JCPOA in some way.

Lord Alton wrote, “It is understandable that there are different attitudes on each side of the Atlantic”, adding, “but it is important that neither the US nor Europe allows this discord to distract them from the imperative to establish a coordinated, cohesive strategy for dealing with other pressing issues related to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The nuclear issue may have grabbed headlines, but it is by no means the only threat the Iranian regime poses.

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For example, the Iranian regime has maintained its title as the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism. In 2018 alone, the regime orchestrated two terror attacks on European soil. Both targeted the Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), and both were foiled in the late stages of the operation.

The regime also leads the world in executions per capita, with Alton calling it a “representative example of the repressiveness of ideological dictatorships.”

What is perhaps even more troubling, is that under the JCPOA, which allowed for the easing of sanctions and inflow of aid to the regime, these two issues were allowed to increase unfettered.

The Iranian regime tightened its control of the population, executing political dissidents, women, and juvenile offenders alike. More than 60 peaceful protestors were killed in January alone.

Similarly, the regime constructed an elaborate network of espionage and terror in Europe, using Iranian embassies as underground hubs of nefarious activities. Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat operating out of the Iranian embassy in Vienna, was the mastermind behind the plot to detonate a bomb at the MEK’s annual Grand Gathering in Paris.

Increasing Instability

Regardless of the JCPOA’s effectiveness at limiting Iran’s nuclear capabilities, it has undoubtedly failed in its other purpose: to promote regional and international stability.

Alton writes, “the lack of progress in the Middle East is particularly obvious, as hard-line Iranian institutions continue to inject themselves into the civil wars in Syria and Yemen”.

Within Iran as well, instability reigns. The economic crisis brought on by the regime has prompted protests and outrage from the Iranian public. Key industries in Iran have gone on strike and brought the country’s economy to its knees.

Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), made the connection between the regime’s ddestabilizing effect abroad and their violence within Iran.

She said, “the mullahs’ anti-human regime is hell-bent on stepping up the atmosphere of terror and repression to extinguish the Iranian people’s uprising through suppression, executions, bombardment and missile attacks”.

In continuing to treat the mullahs and Rouhani as though he is a moderate reformer on a crusade to bring stability to Iran and the Middle East is deeply flawed. Alton writes, “they [the UK and EU governments] are only turning their back on the most closely held human rights principles that define modern democratic nations.”

In his closing statement, Lord Alton called on the UK and other EU nations to address the issue, “regardless of their feelings about the JCPOA”. For Alton, this means giving a fair hearing to any proposal from the Trump administration for implementing multilateral economic and political sanctions against the Iranian regime. “It is the right thing to do for the people of Iran, and it is the right thing to do for the nations of Europe as well”, Alton concluded.

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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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Iran: Truck Drivers Continue Their Strike for 18th Day, Defying Regime’s Threats of Execution

Truck drivers' protest continue in Iran

Truck Drivers’ strike continues into the third week, despite regime’s threat to punish the protesting drivers and even executing them

Wednesday marked the 18th day of the latest round of strikes by Iran’s truck drivers. The truckers are protesting the high price of replacement tires and spare parts, low pay, rising prices, corruption among officials, and increasing fees.

On Wednesday, the striking drivers gathered in front of the Governate’s office in Isfahan to protest the price of spare parts. They held signs that read, “We want lower tire and spare parts prices!”

This is the third round of strikes since May by Iran’s hardworking truck drivers. Despite earlier promises by the regime, the truckers’ demands have gone unmet, forcing the drivers to park their trucks once again.

Truck drivers play an essential role in Iran’s infrastructure, but they are not valued by the country’s corrupt regime, leaving half of Iran’s transportation workers living below the poverty line.

A video shared on social media from Fars Province showed factories loading goods onto pickup trucks because there are no trucks to take the deliveries.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, commended the truck drivers and encouraged Iran’s youth to support them in their strike.

Reports from MEK network inside Iran shows that factories are forced to load their goods into pickup trucks as a result of the ongoing strike. A video taken in Doroud, in Lorestan Province, shows parked trucks in loading terminals.

The regime’s judiciary has arrested more than 200 truck drivers since the last round of strikes began. Regime officials have threatened to use the death penalty against those who “disrupt” road regulations, calling the striking truckers “bandits.”

A court in Qazvin followed through on this threat, requesting the death penalty for 17 detained truck drivers.

The truckers’ strike has deeply impacted the lives of the truckers and their families, who were already struggling to survive on their meager salaries. With each strike, the truck drivers go without income for weeks, making their already precarious financial situations even direr. The striking truckers now also face arrest and the possibility of execution by the brutal regime. Nevertheless, the strikes continue because the drivers see no other way to protest conditions that make their jobs unsustainable.

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Gérard Deprez MEP, speaking at a meeting on the occasion of the World Day Against Death Penalty

Friends of a Free Iran Releases Statement on World Day Against the Death Penalty

Gérard Deprez MEP, speaking at a meeting on the occasion of the World Day Against Death Penalty

MEP Gérard Deprez, Chair of the Friends of a Free Iran Inter-Parliamentary group speaking at a meeting on the occasion of the World Day Against Death Penalty, October 10, 2018

The 10th of October was the 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty. To mark the occasion, Friends of a Free Iran issued a press statement expressing their concern over the current use of capital punishment in Iran.

A Violent and Barbaric Regime

The clerical regime carries out more executions per capita than any other regime or government on earth. The mullahs’ regime accounted for more than half of all the executions in the world in 2017.

In 2018 so far, the regime has executed more than 230 Iranian citizens, among them, were political prisoners, women, and juvenile offenders.

In just a month of September alone, Friends of a Free Iran report, 33 Iranians were hanged, including nine political prisoners, whose only crime was disagreeing with the hard-line, dogmatic ideology of the clerical regime.

Remembering 1988 Massacre of MEK Activists

2018’s World Day Against the Death Penalty holds a special significance. It marks the 30th anniversary of one of the darkest chapters of Iran’s history.

In the summer of 1988, the regime rounded up more than 30,000 members of the Iranian opposition, the majority of which came from the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK). The men and women were detained, then executed on the orders of the regime’s leadership.

The most difficult part for the families of the victims, as well as MEK members today, is that those responsible for the crimes have escaped punishment. Many hold senior positions in Rouhani’s cabinet today.

The Friends of a Free Iran press release mentions Rouhani’s Justice Minister, Alireza Avaei. Avaei played a central role in the 1988 massacre. He was a member of the “death squad” that ordered and carried out many of the arrests and executions that summer.

State-Sponsored Terrorism

Friends of a Free Iran also took the opportunity to denounce the Iranian regime’s engagement in state-sponsored terrorism. 2018 has seen the clerical regime plot two plots on European soil against the MEK, both of which were foiled in the late stages.

In June, an Iranian diplomat working at the Iranian embassy in Vienna provided a Belgian-Iranian couple with explosive material. The pair were going to attack the MEK’s Grand Gathering event in Paris with an explosive-laden vehicle.

The terrorist plots, according to Friends of a Free Iran, represent the violent nature of the clerical regime. Its statement condemned the regime for “attacking its own people inside Iran and… planning terrorism on the [sic] European soil”.

Friends of a Free Iran lamented the silence from the European community. It urged the European heads of state to take a harder approach towards Iran.

The statement read, “we must tell Iran that any acts of terror in Europe is absolutely unacceptable and will have serious consequences”, adding, “we are disappointed that our European governments and the EU [are] still trying to be nice with this brutal regime”.

Finally, the statement implored the international community to “be on the side of the people of Iran and not with the mullahs”. Only then can Iran make progress on human rights.

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Resistance units in Iran, organized by the MEK

MEK Resistance Units Are Organizing a Revolution

Resistance units in Iran, organized by the MEK

MEK the main engine behind the protests in Iran

An article published in Mojahedin.org on Tuesday described how the  MEK and its resistance units created the foundation upon which the ongoing uprising was built. The article, written by Dr. Behrouz Puyan, political science expert from Tehran, further explains how the MEK’s resistance units will lead to a revolution that will topple the corrupt regime.
Dr. Puyan believes that the Iranian Resistance is close to toppling the mullahs’ regime and that revolution is imminent. According to Puyan, the Resistance stands so close to victory because of the work that has been done over the past four decades by the MEK.

In Dr. Puyan’s article, he wrote that Massoud Rajavi, the historical leader of the MEK, called for the creation of the resistance units in Iran. With these resistance units, Rajavi established bonds between people working on the revolution from within society and those revolutionaries from the core of the MEK.

This time-tested strategy has proved to be effective in the current uprising that began last December and has continued for the last ten months. The MEK’s resistance units have successfully organized and led protests and strikes across Iran, despite massive efforts by the regime to suppress the uprising. Now, according to Puyan, the MEK, has become the target of a demonization campaign by the regime and its affiliates both inside Iran and abroad.

Dr. Puyan concludes from Iran’s state-run media and quotes from regime officials that the mullahs are concerned about the MEK’s resistance units and their ability to affect the stability of the regime. Puyan notes that the regime has gone so far as to emphasize the importance of other resistance groups, hoping to downplay the influence of the
National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the MEK.

Of course, though many other so-called opposition groups have now surfaced, the MEK has spent the last forty years opposing the mullahs. According to Dr. Puyan’s article, the MEK is best equipped to plan and direct the country towards a true revolution.

Dr. Puyan writes that the MEK’s organized structure allows it to influence events on the ground. He emphasizes that the regime has resorted to intimidation tactics, such as an increase in the use of torture and executions. Puyan stresses that these brutal efforts at suppression inevitably accelerate revolution.

As a result, writes Dr. Puyan, resistance units are essential in directing and organizing the revolution and breaking the atmosphere of intimidation at critical junctures.

Over the ten months of the uprising, the MEK has developed and implemented their resistance units. These teams, which now form a large network, are in direct contact with the Iranian people.

Resistance units, concluded Dr. Puyan, are injecting new life into Iranian society and propelling the uprising forward by organizing and leading the movement.

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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.

For a more detailed report, please refer to: https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/10/08/cruel-and-inhuman-executions-in-iran/

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National Merchants strike in Iran

Merchants in Tehran and Dozens of Cities in Iran Answer the Call to Protest and Close Their Shops

National Merchants strike in Iran

Merchants in more than 50 cities in Iran go on strike to protest the sky rising prices and the plunge in rial’s value.

On Monday morning, merchants in Tehran and dozens of other cities in Iran answered last week’s call to strike and refused to open their shops. Tehran’s merchants announced last week that they were planning a strike in solidarity with Iran’s striking truck drivers. They are also protesting economic issues, including the latest plunge in the value of the rial, the increase in foreign exchange rates, rising prices, and the spread of poverty.

Iran Bazaar merchants join nationwide strike

The strike is taking place despite the regime’s days-long efforts to suppress the protests in advance.

Tehran’ carpet and gold coin markets are closed, as are the shopping centers in western Tehran and the shops on Kargar Avenue. As of 10:30 AM Monday morning in Tehran, merchants in Mashhad, Tabriz, Kermanshah, Sanandaj, Zahedan, Orumieh (Urmia), Karaj, Gorgan, Zanjan, Arak, Baneh, Marivan, Saqqez, Paveh, Borazjan, Kazerun, Kenarak, Chabahar, Hirmand, Miandoab, Sardasht, Piranshahr, Iranshahr and Saravan have joined the strike.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council is Resistance of Iran (NCRI), applauded the striking merchants and said that the strike shows that the Iranian people want a change in regime.

Mrs. Rajavi said that the strike is part of the nationwide uprising by the people of Iran that has the goal of overthrowing the corrupt regime and restoring democratic rule to the country.

The Iranian regime authorities blame MEK and its resistance units for the popular protests that have been taking place throughout Iran.

Staff Writer

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