On August 8, the No to Prison – No to Execution human rights center reported that Iranian authorities had hanged at least seven detainees in the prisons of Birjand, in the northeast of the country, and Isfahan. , in the center of the country. They were charged with drug offenses.
In addition, the Resanak the human rights website identified the executed detainees as Zabihollah Hormozi and Majid Galeh-Bacheh in Birjand prison; and A’zam Mohammad Hassani (Kiazehi) and Esmail Kordtamini at Isfahan prison. These victims all belonged to the Baloch minority.
Human rights activists reported that at least five detainees were hanged in Isfahan prison; however, they had not yet identified all of the executed prisoners. The No to Prison – No to Execution center later identified another victim as Ahmad Hemmat-Abadi, 42, who was also executed on drug-related charges.
These executions took place on the third day of Ebrahim Raisi’s presidency in Iran. Raisi is infamously known as the “Butcher of Tehran” for his leading role in the execution of thousands of political prisoners, most of them affiliated with the opposition Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK / PMOI) in the summer of 1988.
Following his first election attempt in May 2017, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei appointed Raisi head of the judiciary in March 2019. During his time as head of the judiciary, Raisi confirmed and ordered the execution of over 1,000 death sentences.
Raisi also played a leading role in the crackdown on peaceful protesters in November 2019, who took to the streets to denounce rising gas prices. As the highest judicial authority, Raisi was involved in cracking down on protests by fuel carriers during the crossing of the Saravan region in February.
After his “designated victory” in the June presidential race, Khamenei replaced Raisi with his first deputy Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje’i. Eje’i is also a notorious judicial authority, and his name is synonymous with execution and torture.
Meanwhile, human rights activists have admitted that authorities hanged two other Baloch detainees Nabi Nouti-Zahi and Ebrahim Ghanbar-Zehi in Kerman prison in the southeast of the country on Monday August 9. They came from the city of Zahedan, the capital of the province of Sistan and Balochistan.
The day before, the victims had been placed in joint detention as a procedure for the execution of the death penalty. They were reportedly held on drug-related charges five years ago when they did not have any kind of narcotics.
In addition, authorities hanged the tenth inmate in ten days in Kermanshah prison. He was identified as Afshar Minaee from the city of Paveh. He had been held for five years behind bars and was eventually executed in Dizel-Abad prison on a murder charge. He was the father of two underage girls and boys. State media have yet to report this execution as of the date of this report.
According to information gathered by human rights centers and activists, the Iranian authorities executed at least 204 detainees in 2021. This is when they carry out more than 72% of executions in secret, according to the report. press agency of human rights activists (HRANA).
In addition, on Sunday August 8, border guards from Baneh district, Kurdistan province, deliberately targeted a porter. [Koulbar] and shot him down. He has been identified as Omid Khezri, 47, and the son of Omar. He was originally from the city of Mahabad and resided in the Sardasht district. He was married and the father of two children.
On the same day, a man crushed two women on the ambiguous charge of “Bad Hijab” [refusing to obey restricted hijab rules] in the city of Urmia, the capital of the northwestern province of West Azerbaijan. He committed this crime under the pretext of “inciting people to be kind.” One of the injured women is believed to have died in a hospital and another is in critical condition.
As observers have already noted, Ebrahim Raisi’s presidency has led the Iranian government to more human rights violations. In such circumstances, the international community should take a firm and powerful approach to the religious tyranny in Iran, and condition any relationship to an improvement in the human rights situation.