Representatives of more that 50 countries will meet in Vienna shortly to determine the level of international support that Iran receives for its continuing war on drugs. This comes amid concern about the increasing number of executions for drug-related offences in Iran. Six more people were recently hanged in the city of Kermanshah - executions that a senior figure in the judiciary described as "one of the triumphs of Iran".
In recent years many individuals have been executed on charges of being "drug smugglers" while no names or any details about them were provided, something that has been strongly protested and criticized by human rights activists.
Eghbal Moradi, father of Zanyar Moradi, a Kurdish prisoner at Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the Supreme Court upheld his son s death sentence. My relatives went to prison this week to bring Zanyar warm clothing, as the cold season has come. But prison officials told them that he would not need the clothes as his death sentence has been upheld. They told my relatives this explicitly, adding that they would be informed of the execution date, Eghbal Moradi told the Campaign.
While Iranian authorities remain silent about the executions of drug traffickers inside Mashad s Vakilabad Prison, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned that seven prisoners were hanged on 11 August, and another seven were hanged on 20 September. According to information received from a source, the executions were carried out in groups. All those executed had been charged with drug-related crimes
Iran's authoritarian regime has been secretly executing hundreds of prisoners, according to a new UN report detailing growing rights abuses in the Islamic republic. The mysterious executions at Vakilabad prison in Mashhad in eastern Iran were highlighted in a report compiled by Ahmed Shaheed, the new UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran.
Following the October 12th public executions of four young men in Khomeini Shahr, the state-run Fars News Agency published more than 20 pictures showing the hangings and the spectators. In one of the pictures a small child is seen watching the executions. The number of the public executions in Iran has been increasing dramatically during the past months. Iranian authorities announce the executions and broadcast them through the state-run media.
The Statistics and Publications Unit of Human Rights Activists in Iran has reported that from October 2010 to October 2011, 480 individuals charged with various crimes have been hanged in Iran. During the same period of time, there have been 641 prisoners sentenced to death and 46 individuals hanged in public.
The Iranian Resistance warns about the planned execution of hundreds of prisoners in Qezel Hessar and Gohardasht prisons. Clerical regime is preparing to execute a number of political prisoners as ordinary convicts.
During recent days, seven prisoners were hanged in prisons of Shahr Kord, Zabol, Qom and Varamin amounting to 62 executions in Iran in September. Twenty-three of them were executed on September 18 (22 in Gohardasht and Evin prisons and 1 in Ghazvin). At least 38 more prisoners have been executed secretly bringing the number of executions in September to 100.
A sharp rise in the number of executions reported in Iran is raising suspicions that the Tehran regime has, in the words of a British newspaper, engaged in "a judicial killing spree" to intimidate its opponents.
The number of executions in Iran is on the increase with 18 hangings in the last week. Three men were executed for gay sex, whilst another was punished for murdering a woman who rejected his marriage proposal.
In a letter to Ahmad Shaheed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, Dr. Mohammad Maleki, the first president of Tehran University after the Islamic revolution, declared that he is ready to reveal the crimes he has witnessed over the past 32 years in Iran. Maleki was recently summoned to appear before the court.
From September 3 to 8, 2011, the inhuman clerical regime hanged 14 prisoners in Orumieh (3 people), Kerman (4 people), Ahwaz (6 people), and Qazvin (1 person). According to the Iranian regime's state media, in the first eight months of 2011 alone, 206 prisoners have been executed. At the same time, at least 228 people have been secretly executed.
Abdolreza Ghanbari s death sentence order has been sent to the Revolutionary Court s Implementation Division. He was charged, convicted and sentenced to death for video taping the protests and sending them to opposition groups.
A disturbing video of the public execution of three men in Iran has sparked anger among human rights activists. The graphic video, released by Amnesty International on Thursday, showed guards standing on top of buses draping ropes around necks of three convicts sentenced to death by hanging after being convicted of rape. The men were later hanged from an overhead bridge after the vehicles drove away.
Graphic new video footage of a public hanging in Iran this week highlights the brutalisation of both the condemned and those who watch executions, Amnesty International said today.
In an interview published by Fars News Agency, an Iranian member of parliament (MP) supports the implementation of executions publicly. Nayereh Akhavan, an MP from Isfahan and a member of the Judicial Commission of Parliament, told Fars News: 'It seems carrying out such sentences may be effective in preventing certain crimes.' Human rights activists continue to express concern about the negative effects of public hangings on Iranian society.
The final verdict was issued at a local court only 18 days after the alleged offence. One week later the sentence was approved by the Supreme Court. The execution order was finalized by the head of the Iranian judiciary on July 10th.
Japanese crane manufacturer Tadano has announced that it has ended business with the Iranian regime following reports that its cranes have been used to stage public executions in Iran.
Iran has executed an average of almost two people a day in the first six months of this year, human rights groups have warned. The sharp escalation in the use of capital punishment comes at a time when the Islamic regime is fighting to prevent pro-democracy movements similar to those that have been sweeping across the Middle East from taking hold in the country.
Egypt and Tunisia have overthrown repressive regimes. Citizens in Syria, Yemen and other Middle East countries are demanding change. Yet in Iran, where a wave of 2009 demonstrations helped spark the movements we are now witnessing elsewhere in the Middle East, the populace is strangely silent.
Iran is drawing international criticism for its continued mass executions of people convicted of violating its drug laws. The Islamic Republic's judiciary reported that 300 people were on death row as of May 30.
Iran Human Rights, May 28: Iran Human Rights (IHR) had published a report on May 26th regarding the public execution of "Mehdi Faraji" in Qazvin titled: "Young boy was used to carry out execution of a man in public in Iran". The information was based on eyewitness reports who said, "A young boy was used to draw the chair Mehdi was standing on and carry out the execution."
Iran has hanged 12 men for offences including murder, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking, including five who were executed in public, news agency reports and a legal source said on Thursday.
Amnesty International is concerned by the Iranian government s continuing clampdown on dissent, including arbitrary arrests and the torture or other ill-treatment of people who express views opposed to those of the government. Some of those arrested have even been executed, after apparently unfair trials, including at least one minor. Amnesty International wrote to the Head of the Judiciary to express concern about these developments on 13 May 2011, but without response; the Iranian authorities rarely reply to communications from Amnesty International.
The 2010 Foreign & Commonwealth Office report on human rights released on March 31 of this year stated the number of executions in 2010 in Iran totaled more than 650 people, including a victim who did not even know that he had been sentenced to death.
According to reliable sources that Iran Human Rights had been in contact with, the two brothers Mohammad and Abdollah Fathi were executed early this morning in the Dastjerd prison of Isfahan.
Twenty-five prisoners were executed in Iran in a single week and at least were 6 hanged in public, the Iranian dissident group the National Council of Resistance of Iran said Monday in a statement.
Yousef Azizi Banitorof, Secretary of the Center for Combating Racism and Discrimination Against Arabs in Iran, who currently resides in London, spoke with International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran following news from the Al Arabiya website quoting Ahwaz News about recent executions in Ahwaz. According to news we were able to receive from our contacts in Ahwaz, three people were hanged in public at Hamidieh Junction.
Official sources announced that eight people have been hanged in prisons in Western Azarbaijan. Some analysts point to the increasing number of executions as a sign of the regime s return to the execution policy.
Iran Human Rights: According to the reports from Iran nine people, among them one minor, have been executed in the city of Ahvaz south of Iran. According to the Persian section of Alarabiya (the news website of Alarabiya TV channel), Iran s Judiciary has announced that nine people charged with murder of the security officers and committing acts against chastity, have been executed.
Amnesty International has condemned a sharp rise in the rate of executions in public in Iran which have included the first executions of juvenile offenders in the world this year. Since the start of 2011, up to 13 men have been hanged in public, compared to 14 such executions recorded by Amnesty International from official Iranian sources in the whole of 2010.
The Iran Human Rights group reported on April 25 that, according to reliable sources, at least two of those who were hanged in Bandar Abbas last week were 17 years old at the time of the alleged offence.
Four people were hanged in public in the city of Bandar Abbas, south of Iran, this morning. According to several Iranian the men, who were not identified by name or age, were convicted of rape and murder.
The following is a recent letter on Delara Darabi's execution that occurred two years ago, from the blog of Mohammad Mostafaei, one of Delara Darabi's lawyers. Delara was executed in Iran on May 1, 2009. An alternate spelling to Delara's name is Delaram. "Del" in Persian means heart, "aram" means calm.
The people executed are: Adiva Soleyman, an Iranian Jew, her husband Varjan Petrosian, an Iranian-Armenian, one women and two men unidentified. There is no information on the charges of the defendants.
I have seen many tragic things in my long career as a human rights advocate, but what is happening in Iran deeply shocks me. The execution rate is skyrocketing. Around 150 persons have been executed already in 2011, which means around one every eight hours.
Masih Alinejad interviews the father of Habibollah Golparipour, death row Kurdish political prisoner. "The person who does not have empathy and is ignorant toward the pain and suffering of others is not a human being. When I hear the news of executions, my feelings are the same as the family members [whose loved ones were executed]. It was a bitter year."
March 16th, 2011 - According to the Human Rights House of Iran (RAHANA), Ayatollah Ahmad Mohseni Gorgani, the head of Iran's Supreme Court announced, "Moving forward, death sentences upheld by the criminal courts will be processed by the Supreme Court in less than 10 days."
The International Campaign for Abolishing the Death Penalty in Iran spoke to human rights activist Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam on his organization's recent annual execution report that covers Iran s 2010 record. The Iran Human Rights group s report states that, according to Iranian sources, "85 people have been executed in January 2011. At least 3 of those executed in January 2011 were arrested in connection with the 2009 post election protests."
According to different reports from Iran, at least 20 people may have been executed during the last three days. All those executed have been charged with drug trafficking by the Iranian authorities.
Human rights groups are pressing the U.N. and the international community to denounce a rash of executions in Iran. The groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, say at least 86 people have been executed in 2011 in Iran. They say at least eight of those killed last month were political prisoners.
The growing number of executions, an indication of the ever increasing trend of the violation of the right to life, has resulted in a group of journalists and human rights activists to come together to launch an international campaign aimed at abolishing the death penalty in Iran .
A day after the illegal execution of Iranian-Dutch citizen Zahra Bahrami on January 29, 2011 in Evin prison, the Tehran Prosecutor released a statement on government-controlled news sites about more imminent executions. The announcement caused international Persian media outlets, namely BBC and Voice of America, to go on alert. The Tehran Prosecutor was quoted as saying that the death sentences issued to two admins of obscene websites were sent to the Supreme Court for confirmation and approval .
Iran, which set off a diplomatic storm by hanging a Dutch-Iranian woman, is on target to execute a record number of over 1,000 people this year, rights groups said Sunday. And the execution of Zahra Bahrami is just the latest case of a "serious lack of transparency" in Iran's growing use of capital punishment, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.
The Dutch foreign ministry said it was "shocked, shattered by this act by a barbaric regime". Sahra Bahrami, aged 46, was hanged for drug smuggling early on Saturday, Iranian officials said. Her family accuses Tehran of fabricating the case against her after she was detained for taking part in anti-government protests in 2009.
Zahra Bahrami, the 45 year old Iranian-Dutch citizen and mother of two who was arrested during the 2009 Ashura protests (December 27, 2009), was hanged today. Zahra Bahrami was executed even though her second case file with political charges was still opened and unresolved.
A sentence of death by stoning has propelled an illiterate Iranian woman convicted of adultery to international fame, with Hollywood stars, French intellectuals and Western governments calling for her release
An Iranian opposition figure told Asharq al-Awsat that the execution of 10 prisoners in a jail northwest of Tehran last week reflects the Iranian regime's fear of the Tunisian experiment, particularly after the Iranian government lifted the subsidies on numerous basic commodities. Meanwhile, the opposition Mojahdin- e Khalq Organization [MKO] said that Tehran arrested 80 of its cadres in the Ashraf camp in Iraq.
The Iranian government executed two more people on Monday. This was the official explanation: "Two elements of the Monafeghin (hypocrites) cell named Jafar Kazemi...and Mohammad Ali Hajaghaei...were executed early today." The "Monafeghin" are the exiled Iranian opposition group, People's Mujahedeen of Iran (PMOI).
On the morning of January 24th, two more political prisoners were executed in Iran: Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaie, both accused of communicating and cooperating with the PMOI (People s Mujahedin Organization of Iran). The implementation of execution sentences of political and non-political prisoners has increased after the 2009 Iranian Presidential election
In a telephone interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Jafar Kazemi s wife said that when she went to visit her husband at Evin Prison a few hours ago, she was informed that he had been executed earlier this morning.
On Monday morning, two political prisoners, Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaie were executed. According to the announcement by the the Tehran Prosecutor s office, these two political prisoners were labeled as hypocrites who were linked to the hypocrite group (hypocrite is the derogatory term the Islamic Republic of Iran uses to refer to the political opposition group the People s Mujahedin of Iran Organization ) backed by Britain that played a role in post-election protests.
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran called on the Iranian Parliament and the Judiciary to immediately institute a moratorium on executions and to move swiftly to abolish the death penalty, in the face of skyrocketing executions following unfair trials and opaque judicial proceedings.
28 year old Hossein Khezri, an Iranian Kurdish political activist was hanged this morning in Orumiyeh central prison. According to reports by HRANA, on January 2, 2011, a team was sent from Tehran to Orumiyeh central prison to perform Khezri s execution over night. However, due to unknown reasons, prison officials decided to postpone the implementation of the sentence.
The case of Jafar Kazemi, a prisoner on death row, has been sent to the branch in the Revolutionary Court responsible for the execution of sentences. The upholding and confirmation of the sentence by the Supreme Court has raised concerns about the sudden [planned] execution of this prisoner of conscience. Jafar Kazemi was sentenced to death on the charges of Moharebeh [Enmity with God] through collaboration and ties with the People s Mujahedin of Iran Organization [PMOI] and propaganda against the regime .
Authorities reviewing a death by stoning sentence against an Iranian woman convicted of adultery could still commute the sentence, a senior Iranian judiciary official has said. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was taken from prison late on Saturday to meet journalists to talk about her confession of helping her lover kill her husband. Ashtiani, who has previously appeared on state television, denied that she had been tortured in prison and admitted that she was an accomplice to the murder.
Worldwide statistics indicates, the Islamic Republic of Iran was placed in second place in execution rate after China. Iran is also remains one of few dozen countries that runs this inhumane punishment.