In 24 hours the Iranian regime executes 16 people including one juvenile
By Rob Roberts
May 25, Tehran:Today (25 May 2016) the Iran regime executed 11 young people including one juvenile in Gohardasht (Rajai-Shahr) Prison in Karaj, north-west of Tehran. Yesterday five other prisoners were executed by the regime. The youngest victim is named as Mehdi Rajai who would have been 16 at the time of his original arrest.
In a telephone call today with The Media Express Italian human rights organization Hands off Cain, an NGO at the United Nations said they condemn all the executions of juvenile offenders. Its representative Elisabetta Zamparutti, a former Italian MP said about the executions:
“The alarming use of the death penalty applied to minors is in open violation of international accords and conventions ratified by Iran, and this continues to define the Mullahs’ regime, regardless of the so-called ‘moderate’ and ‘smiling’ Presidency of Rouhani. These executions show the bloody face of a regime which oppresses daily Iranian citizens.”
On contacting the Iran desk of the United Nations, the representative pointed The Media Express to a previous statement on executions on Iran, including executions of juveniles. Also highlighting a latest report of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which deals extensively with this very serious issue of juvenile execution.
During the executions over the previous few days, two of the prisoners were executed in Adel Abad prison, Shira; their names Hadi Shekaste and Moslem Mahmoud Zehi Khash. Three others were executed in Karaj’s Qezelhesar Prison, one identified as Ruhollah Roshangar, a married father of two.
Of the young people executed eight of the 11 victims have been identified including Mohsen Agha-Mohammadi, Asghar Azizi, Farhad Bakhshayesh, Iman Fatemi-Pour, Javad Khorsandi, Hossein Mohammadi, Masoud Raghadi, and Khosrow Robat-Dasti.
Le Comité de Soutien aux Droits de l’Homme en Iran (CSDHI) the Support Committee for Human Rights in Iran also reacted, releasing a statement to The Media Express saying:
“On the execution of collective youth, the CSDHI strongly condemns such barbaric punishments and systematic killing of Iranian youth. Saying that the criminal and fundamentalist mullahs’ regime, on Wednesday morning, hung in mass 11 prisoners aged 22 to 25 years and at least one was a minor at the time. The mass execution took place at dawn on 25 May in the notorious Gohardasht prison (Rajai Shahr) in Karaj, northwest of Tehran.”
Outlined in the Iran regime’s 2013 Islamic Penal Code the judicial system has the right to examine juveniles. That on reaching their 18th birthday, if measured to have so-called, reached mental maturity, the system then condemns them to death.
This sharp spike in the rate of executions also comes at a time when Iran’s prisons have surpassed their capacity which Brig. Gen. Hossein Ashtari said in comments to the clerical regime’s newly installed Majlis (parliament).
Earlier in May Amnesty reported on the imminent execution of 19 year old Alireza Tajiki, 15 years old at the time of his arrest. The organization's deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa (NOMA) region says the regime relies on torture-tainted evidence to obtain proof of guilt.
Amnesty International when contacted by The Media Express said it was not in a position to verify the details at this time but pointed to its position on the use of the death penalty. “The organization opposes the death penalty in all circumstances and at all times – regardless of who is accused, the nature of the crime, guilt or innocence or method of execution. It added that International human rights law strictly prohibits the use of the death penalty against persons who were below 18 years of age at the time of the crime.”
Concluding today’s conversation with The Media Express the former Italian MP, and representative of human rights organization Hands off Cain Ms. Zamparutti said:
“In the name of peace and international security – against the threat of nuclear war and terrorism – Iran is considered as a ‘stabilizing force’, also by Western countries. Yet, the most grievous matter here is how this regime has received international legitimacy while internally conducting an ongoing war and daily reign of terror and insecurity against its own people.”
And an NGO at the United Nations, WHRIA, released a statement to The Media Express commenting more generally on matter of human rights’ violations by the mullahs’ regime, saying:
“The situation of human rights in Iran has worsened since the beginning of the new Iranian year. Widespread killings and detentions; and that the situation of human rights in Iran is not changing.”
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