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Marking World Day against the Death Penalty - 10 October
By: Hassan Mahmoudi
In 2003 the World Coalition created the first World Day Against the Death Penalty.
This initiative was expressed through more than 180 local initiatives
across the world. Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, Belgium, the African
Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the European Union
officially supported the World Day.
Since then, the 10 October date
has continued to attract new initiatives. Since 2005, when more than
260 events were held, the World Day Against the Death Penalty has
highlighted a particular theme each year.
This day should involve the public and governmental authorities of countries that have not abolished death penalty.
Iran At least 508 individuals have been hanged from October 2016 to the
beginning of October 2017. This is in fact an increase in comparison to
the same period last year. Iranians are being executed and sentenced to
death at a time when many of these victims have been deprived of due
process. We must also take into consideration that we can never know the
exact number of executions in Iran due to the fact that independent
human rights groups are banned.
the above mentioned period seven juveniles were sent to the gallows.
Reports indicate most of these individuals were forced into confessing
to their alleged crimes under severe psychological pressure and torture.
Marking this day I also bring to your attention a video clip of executions in Iran:
September systematic violations of human rights continued, including a
growing wave of public and secret executions, hand amputation,
floggings, torture to death of detainees and killing of porters.
Iran Human Rights Monitor have
registered 42 executions in the month of September from which 22 have
been made public by the state media. Therefore, the actual number must
be considerably higher.
all executions seven were carried out in public and others were
implemented in the prisons of Ardebil, Borujerd, Khorramabad, Mashhad,
Zanjan, Kerman, Qom, Karaj, Qazvin and Tabriz. Amongst those executed
there is a woman identified as N.A. who was hanged in the Central Prison
of Zanjan, in northwestern Iran. The state-run Mehr news agency
reported her execution on September 19, 2017.
September 19, two men including a 23-year-old prisoner were hanged in
Ardebil Prison while they were both handcuffed and shackled. The young
man had been sentenced to three years behind bars, however later he was
sentenced to death on new fabricated charges.
An audience of fellow inmates were assembled to witness their executions.
These inhuman acts are carried out on the order of prison officials aiming at tormenting inmates before their executions.
September 20, at the same time as Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani
delivered his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, 14
executions and 3 death sentences were carried out.
to human rights monitoring reports, from 170 prisoners held in Ardabil
prison, 25 are on death row whose death sentences have been upheld by
supreme court. Many of them were under the age of 18 at the time of
committing the crimes.
Seven porters were shot dead by the regime’s border guards.
An 18-year-old juvenile was shot dead in the northern city of Abadan.
A young Baluchi man was shot dead in Khash region in Sistan and Baluchestan Province.
Deaths in custody:
the last weeks of September, the warden of Zahedan Central Prison
ordered to transfer a 22-year-old prisoner identified Isa Barahouei to
solitary confinement where he had endured torture by prison guards.
Subsequently the inmate committed suicide in solitary cell to end his
suffering caused by ongoing torture.
Hassan Mahmoudi is a human rights advocate, specializing in political and economic issues relating to Iran and the Middle East. @hassan_mahmou1