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Iran’s Regime Ranks First for Executions per Capita

Stop executions in Iran- MEK rally in Brussels, several protesters dressed in prison uniforms call for an end to executions in Iran-Brussels June 15, 2019
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Written by Hamideh Taati on .

Iran’s regime holds the infamous record of the world’s top executioner per capita. It also ranks first for most number of juvenile executions in the world. Women are also victims of the death penalty in Iran, with at least nine women having been executed since mi-June alone.

Since Hassan Rouhani took office as President, Iran’s regime has executed at least 3,800 people. In fact, as early as 1980, Rouhani, as a lawmaker, had called for dissidents to be made an example of by being hanged in public.

Conspirators should be hanged in Friday prayers for people to see them and to have more of an impact,” Rouhani told a Parliament session on July 13, 1980.

Executions have continued unabated in Iran all throughout 2019. Iran Human Rights Monitor (Iran-HRM) reports that at least 199 people have been executed in Iran thus far this year.

According to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman, the Iranian authorities hanged at least six juvenile offenders last year.

Contrary to the regime's so-called Citizens Rights Charter, Iranians do not have a right to life.

Currently, the age at which execution is permissible under the mullahs’ draconian laws is nine lunar years for girls and 15 lunar years for boys. In many cases, victims are held in prison until they reach 18 years of age and are then executed.

Death penalty targeting the Iranian opposition MEK

Since 1981, Iran’s regime has executed some 120,000 opponents, primarily activists of the main Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), otherwise known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK).

In 1988, some 30000 political prisoners primarily affiliated with the MEK were arbitrarily executed in a matter of months, following a fatwa by Khomeini.

 

Rights Groups Urge @UN to Investigate #1988Massacre of #MEK Activists https://t.co/EmbufkJK9K#FreeIran #IranRegimeChange

— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) October 4, 2019

Death Commissions were set up across the country sending prisoners who refused to renounce the MEK to the gallows. The victims were buried in mass graves.

More than 5.000 names of those massacred have been published by the MEK.

The perpetrators of this crime against humanity continue to run the country with impunity.

Earlier this year, the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader appointed Ebrahim Raisi, a member of the Tehran Death Commission, as the country’s Judiciary Chief. And in 2018, Rouhani appointed Alireza Avaei, a member of the Dezful Death Commission, as Iran’s Justice Minister.

On August 28, 2019, Amnesty International reiterated its call on the United Nations to set up an independent investigation into Iran’s 1988 massacre of thousands of political prisoners. A large number of testimonies regarding the massacre are public record.

Asma Jahangir, the late UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, drew attention to the 1988 massacre in her report to the UN General Assembly on October 25, 2017: “The families of the victims have a right to remedy, reparation, and the right to know about the truth of these events and the fate of the victims without risking reprisal. I, therefore, reiterate my call upon the Government to ensure that a thorough and independent investigation into these events is carried out.”

Iran HRM published an updated report into the massacre on October 8, 2019, that concluded that the time has come for the international community to break its 30-year silence regarding the 1988 massacre and end three decades of impunity for the clerical regime’s leaders in Iran.

Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi has outlined the NCRI’s vision for a future free Iran without the death penalty.

“Our plan for future is an Iran without the death penalty and devoid of torture. Our plan is putting an end to torture and all forms of human rights abuse in Iran,” Maryam Rajavi said.

 

We enjoy our people’s support in establishing a republic based on the separation of religion&state, gender equality, abolition of the death penalty, an independent judiciary, autonomy for ethnic groups, a foreign policy based on peaceful co-existence, and a non-nuclear #Iran. pic.twitter.com/Gm9A1ytKvH

— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) February 21, 2019

The Iranian Resistance declared years ago that it calls for the abolition of the death penalty and an end to torture and all forms of rights abuses in Iran.

“Our plan for the future is to put an end to the mullahs’ religious decrees. We reject the inhuman penal code and other abusive laws of this regime. We believe Retribution is an inhuman law,” Mrs. Rajavi added.

“Our plan is to institute an independent, dynamic and free judiciary.”

“Our plan is to defend democratic values, freedom, equality, and sanctity of every citizen’s private life.”

“Our plan for Iran’s future is that no one should be denied his/her freedoms, rights or life because of having or not having faith in a particular religion or for abandoning it.”

“Our plan is for all citizens to enjoy genuine security and equal rights before the law.”

“We are seeking a new order based on freedom, democracy, and equality,” she added.

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