Executions in Iran: Tool used to maintain theocracy on the throne..BYHeshmat Alavi

| 23.09,15. 01:33 AM |

Executions in Iran: Tool used to maintain theocracy on the throne

 BYHeshmat Alavi

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

execution spree".

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

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