| 23.09,15. 01:33 AM |
Executions in Iran: Tool used to maintain theocracy on the throne
Iran is becoming more and more defiant each day in hanging men and women,
especially the youth, before the eyes of the entire world. The question is
how and why is Tehran daring to carry out such horrific crimes despite being
condemned more than 60 times in the United Nations?! We must seek the answer
from the European Troika and the US government, the innovators of the
appeasement policy and human rights (!) talks with the dictatorship ruling
Truly, why don't the mullahs simply carry out these executions in prison,
far from public view? The answer is that Iran is using a weapon far more
effective than traditional repression. In one word, this weapon destroys any
and all sense of humanity, and takes an entire society as its hostage. After
37 years in power two things have never and will never change: firstly, the
export of chaos, terrorism and fundamentalism throughout the region, and
secondly, wave after wave of repression against all dissent inside the
These two are acting as the regime's pillars and fundamental elements of the
mullahs' rule inside Iran. Therefore, be it Hassan Rouhani boasting about
reforms and ., or the regime's extremist factions calling themselves the
"principalists", the mullahs' regime will never stop its crackdown and
export of terrorism and fundamentalism. This is the one red line and common
denominator amongst all of the regime's internal factions.
2,000 people have been sent to the gallows ever since Hassan Rouhani came to
power, being the highest rate of executions per capita in the world.
Coinciding with these executions, the Iranian regime is now taking measures
in amputating inmates' hands and feet in prison. Amnesty International
considers the trend of executions in Iran as an increasing and "staggering
United Nations High Commissioner Prince Zeid al-Hussein said in his
inaugurating speech on Monday, September 14th opening the UN Human Rights
Commission session in Geneva: "Accelerated use of the death penalty,
concerns about the right to a fair trial, and the continued detention of
journalists, bloggers and human rights defenders remain major causes for
Executions, threats and murder of political and religious dissidents in Iran
continue overtly and covertly, officially and through clandestine measures.
Many political prisoners in Iran have lost their lives as authorities are
depriving them of medical care. This includes cases such as Mr. Mohsen
Dogmechi, a supporter of the opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of
Iran, and Mrs. Hoda Saber.
Suspicious deaths have also been witnessed in Iran's prisons, especially the
ward of political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran,
including Misters Amir Hossein Heshmat Saran, Mansour Radpour and Afshin
The latest such case of sudden and suspicious deaths was in the death of
political prisoner Shahrokh Zamani on Sunday, September 13 in the ward of
political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison.
In a horrific act, nine prisoners were sent to the gallows on Wednesday,
September 16th in Gohardasht and Sanandaj prisons. Eight of these victims,
including two young men aged 22 and 24, were mass executed in Gohardasht
The inmate in Sanandaj was named Rauf Hosseini, hanged after already
enduring 13 years behind bars. Now, the question is why does the Iranian
regime carry out executions in public and in the middle of the street? Why
do authorities keep the body hanging there at the site for hours? Why
execute prisoners before the eyes of horrified people? Why are executions
carried out before wives and children? While executions in and of itself are
horrific in nature, but truly why doesn't Iran at least carry out these
atrocities behind the walls of its prisons, far from the eyes of the public?
These questions direct us to the unparalleled and completely medieval
mentality found only in the mullahs ruling Iran, and they have taken the
entire Iranian society as their hostage by cementing a climate of fear
throughout the country. With state TV showing bodies hanging from cranes and
street poles on a daily basis, this reign of terror is seen spreading
throughout the society. This makes it obvious why ISIS feels free to show an
innocent man being beheaded and posting such appalling footage on the
Internet. ISIS and other extremist groups have learned all this from the
rulers in Tehran.
Fundamentalists, with Tehran's mullahs topping the list, are attempting to
impose their reactionary mentality to the entire society, and literally
destroy any and all sense of freedom. Through such means the regime prevents
any protests and social rallies. This is the reason behind the public
executions, beheadings and burnings, either by the Iranian regime, ISIS,
Boko Haram or .
From around 200 years ago, as humanity matured and set aside old and
superstitious beliefs, the values of "human rights" have found their place
in today's world.Executions in the Dark Ages were used to respond to social
crimes. But today, it has become a tool through which political and economic
objectives are sought. If the index of human rights is respecting freedoms
and humane dignity, Tehran is without a doubt involved in a horrific and
all-out war against human rights and mankind's cherished values.
Humanity has obtained these values and human rights at a heavy cost.
Therefore, guarding and protecting these ideals, and guaranteeing these
priceless values are a must for all governments. Respecting human rights in
Iran must be a fundamental pillar to establish international relations with
the Iranian regime. Otherwise rest assured that not only the Iranian
people's basic rights will remain neglected, it will also be an insult by
these governments to their respective nations and all their values.
Western governments, with America topping the list, must not sacrifice
humane values and political principles for the sake of short-term political
and economic interests.
Heshmat Alavi is a political activist and supporter for regime change in
Iran. He writes on Iran and the Middle East. He tweets at @HeshmatAlavi