Marking World Day against the Death Penalty By: Hassan Mahmoudi

| 11.10,17. 11:55 PM |

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.

Inline image 1

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.

In 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.

In 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: v=1QpTApyPI5o&

In 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.

From 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.

On 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.

On 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.

According 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.

Arbitrary Murders:

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:

In 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

(Votes: 0)

Write Your Comment

Other News

Western methods in the Administration of Arab Colonies..By- Sayed Amin Ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims continues An Open Final Notice To Cease And Desist To The CEO Of Google Syria: Global powers “condemn” Assad’s chemical massacre in Idlib The Initiate of the Aquarian Age: By Joseph B. Majdalani (JBM) ?New laws target underquoting real estate agents in Victoria, but will they make a difference Stoning to death punishment in 21st century .. By Hassan Mahmoudi Iran IRGC commanding Aleppo killings from “Fort Behuth” southeast of the city A declaration on the massacres perpetrated by Russia and the Syrian regime in Aleppo An Open Notice To The IMF Director To Cease And Desist All Egyptian Corrupt Loans>>By Assem A. Abulkhair Iraq: 3000 tribal sheikhs call for protection of Camp Liberty residents..By Keyvan Salami Jordan Parliament Takes Side with Iranian Resistance Javad Zarif in Europe Begging for Bargain with The Iran’s ..MullahsBy: Keyvan Salami Syria: Will Bashar Assad Repeat His Father’s 1982 Massacre? Call for formation of an international committee to investigate crimes of Iranian regime in Camp Ashraf Iran Ramping up Proxy Forces in Syria By: Heshmat Alavi Iran profoundly anxious with Muqtada Sadr’s move in Iraq..By: Keyvan Salami U.S. Congress: Resolution for MEK protection in Camp Liberty..BY Keyvan Salami How Iran will lose big as Russia abruptly pulls out of Syria..By Heshmat Alavi Iran’s Gloomy Reply to West Illusions of Change.. By Keyvan Salami 40 political prisoners in Iran urge UN to extend investigator’s mandate Jesus Is Not The Lord And Can Never Ever Be..Assem A. Abulkhair Iran Ceremonies in Iraq: Plundering people’s wealth no longer heals any wounds for falling Iranian regime By: Keyvan Salami Iran: Twin elections will render lose-lose result for ruling regime.. BY Heshmat Alavi Iran again resorting to its pond in Iraq ..By Keyvan Salami Iraqi Forces Retaking Ramadi, a blow to Tehran’s meddling and aspirations in Iraq By: Keyvan Salami Iraqi judiciary: a tool used by Iran to maintain ex-premier Maliki in power BY Keyvan Salami Darwin robbery suspect arrested naked on Stuart Highway To overcome ISIS, first deal with Assad in Syria..By Heshmat Alavi Mysterious monster snake photographed at Nerang National Park