Officials raise the alarm about ‘execution spree’ in Iran

16 May 2023 | World | 36 |
Officials raise the alarm about ‘execution spree’ in Iran

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A heart-wrenching video of a young Iranian girl begging authorities in Salmas Prison in northwest Iran to spare her father’s life a day before his execution has gone viral, amid a surge in executions in the country.

Her father, Abdullah Khan-Mohammadi, was hanged despite his daughter’s tearful pleas.

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#heartbreaking this is daughter of #AbdullahKhanMohammadi in #Salmas prison,#Iran.

She begs for her father’s life a day before his execution. Abdullah was executed for drugs relater accusation on Saturday 6th of May#StopExecution

— Sima Sabet | سیما ثابت (@Sima_Sabet) May 8, 2023

The founder of Oslo-based non-governmental organization Iran Human Rights, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, said in the month of May alone at least 59 people have been executed in Iran and since the start of this year, at least 223 people.

“You don’t find these numbers anywhere else,” he said.

Amiry-Moghaddam said the regime’s “killing machine is accelerating.”

Many of the death sentences, he said are based on bogus drug-related charges and blasphemy.

“There is no due process and no fair trials,” he said.

His concern is that the Islamic Republic is expanding the scope of charges to implement the death penalty as the regime tests international reaction. The reaction has largely been limited to international condemnation and expressions of outrage, which Amiry-Moghaddam said sends a green light to the Islamic Republic to continue their execution spree.

Most recently, the regime executed two men, Yousef Mehrad and Sadrollah Fazeli-Zare, for insulting the Prophet and charges of blasphemy.

“That’s basically that they found something on their cell phones with content insulting the religion and the Prophet and for that, they were hanged,” Amiry-Moghaddam added.

“A Swedish-Iranian citizen who was abducted in Turkey forcibly moved to Iran and tortured to give confessions. He was executed.”

The victims, he said, are largely from the marginalized parts of society and ethnic and religious minorities like the Baloch people, – an ethnic group who are native to the Balochistan region of western and south Asia. They belong to Iran’s most impoverished region and are systemically criminalized with disproportionately higher rates of execution, particularly during times of political unrest.

Professor Naela Quadri Baloch, a Baloch woman, politician and activist, lives in exile in Port Coquitlam.

“It’s heart-wrenching. We can’t sleep. We can’t live in peace. All the Baloch all around the world,” Quadri Baloch told Global News.

In Iran last year, one-third of all executions were of Baloch people, yet they account for less than five per cent of Iran’s population according to Iran Human Rights.

“We are facing genocide,” Quadri Baloch said. “They are killing Baloch in cold-blooded manner in the name of enemies of God.”

As Sunni Muslims, Baloch people are both an ethnic and religious minority. Iran’s Constitution declares Shia Islam as the country’s official state religion with the state apparatus discriminating against religious minorities.

The aim of an increase in executions according to Iran Human Rights, is to instill fear into society to prevent more anti-regime protests. Since the in-custody death of Mahsa Jina Amini, the people of Balochistan have been at the forefront of uprisings threatening to topple the regime.

For the 32nd CONSECUTIVE Friday, the people of #Zahedan in southeastern Iran held an anti-government protest rally following their Friday prayers.#MahsaAmini #WomanLifeFreedom #زن_زندگی_آزادی

— Jonathan Harounoff (@JonathanHaroun1) May 13, 2023

“They have no mercy on anyone,” said Quadri Baloch, “It’s not only Baloch but Baloch are at the forefront because Baloch or not sitting down.”

She is outraged by the lack of action from the global community. She said she’s appalled the United Nations recently appointed Iran to the Human Rights Council Social Forum.

“They kill, they hang, they rape, and they are the champions of human rights at the United Nations?” Quadri Baloch asked.

by Global News