Mrs. Rajavi: Call for protests against brutal executions, prosecution of regime’s leaders for crimes against humanity
The clerical regime’s killing machine has turned up its speed after their sham presidential election, hitting an unprecedented record by hanging 101 prisoners in July 2017 alone.
The actual number of executions must be considered higher as the figure does not include secret executions.
The majority of those executed were young including two young men, aged 24 and 27, who were hanged in public in Torbat Heydarieh; a 25-year-old woman in Babol; a 24-year-old man in Kerman, two 26-year-old men in Zahedan, a 28-year-old man in Zabol, and another 28-year-old man in Gohardasht, Karaj.
In a shocking example, a Pakistani national who had been arrested at age 13, was hanged after eight years in Zahedan’s Prison. Javad Mear who was executed in the Central Prison of Isfahan on July 24, was under 18 at the time of arrest.
The clerical regime’s officials and media have admitted that some 5,000 death-row prisoners in Iran are between 20 and 30 years of age. (The state-run Mehr news agency, November 23, 2016)
In addition to enduring the intolerable prison conditions, many prisoners are badly beaten and tortured in the final moments before being executed. Abbas Yousefi, executed in Gohardasht Prison on July 5, was viciously attacked before execution by mafia gangs backed by prison officials. On July 17, a prisoner in Isfahan, who had been wounded while attempting suicide, was taken for execution along with three other prisoners after his wounds were dressed.
The executions were carried out in the prisons of Gohardasht (15 executions), Zahedan (14 executions), Orumiyeh (11 executions), Isfahan (10 executions), Taybad (10 executions), Khorramabad, Zabol, Chabahar, Iranshahr, Mahabad, Miando’ab, Maragheh, Gatchsharan, Bandar Abbas, Arak, Semnan, Kerman, Hamedan, Kermanshah, Zanjan, Noshahr, Rasht, Gorgan, Babol, Noor, Nashtarood, Gha'emshahr, and Torbat Heydarieh.
Regarding the rising trend of executions, the Iranian Resistance’s President-elect Maryam Rajavi said, “Beset by crises and fearing popular uprisings, Iran’s ruling theocracy has found no other way out but to escalate repression especially by mass and arbitrary executions.”
Mrs. Rajavi called on the nation, particularly the courageous youth of Iran, to rise in protest against brutal executions and show their solidarity with families of the victims.
She said, “Such unbridled barbarism in the 21st Century is a great test for the international community to prove whether it adheres to the universal principles of human rights or sacrifices them for economic and political considerations. The mullahs’ religious dictatorship is the disgrace of contemporary humanity. It must be rejected by the international community. The UN Security Council must adopt the necessary decisions to prosecute the Iranian regime’s leaders for their crimes against humanity including 120,000 political executions.”
The secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
August 2, 2017