In its monthly report, Iran Human Rights Monitor (Iran HRM) highlighted the growing human rights violations by the Iranian regime, particularly the execution, torture, and ill-treatment of political prisoners.
This report was issued some days before the execution of Navid Afkari, an Iranian wrestling champion arrested during 2018 Iran protests. Navid was subjected to vicious tortures to make false confessions.
According to Iran HRM’s monthly report, August 2020 “was marked by increased pressure on political prisoners and the imposition of harsh sentences such as executions, floggings, and long prison terms for protesters.”
“This escalation of repression has been seen as a crisis in the human rights situation in Iran and an attempt by the ruling regime to silence any dissenting voice,” read the report.
Iran HRM’s monthly report, as well as the recent report by Amnesty International, highlight the need for the United Nations Security Council, the UN Secretary-General, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Council, as well as other human rights organizations and bodies to take immediate action to overturn the death sentences and save the lives of the prisoners.
As Iranian opposition president-elect Mrs. Maryam Rajavi has many times reiterated, the international community should immediately dispatch an international fact-finding delegation to Iran to visit Iranian prisons and prisoners, especially political prisoners.
The UN Security Council, Secretary General, High Commissioner for #HumanRights, Human Rights Council need to take urgent action to #StopExecutionsInIran and save the prisoners. They must send fact-finding delegations to visit #Iran prisons and prisoners.https://t.co/kAGGo82z9L
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) August 10, 2020
“Currently, at least 20 political and ideological prisoners are sentenced to death in the regime’s prisons, 10 of whom are among the protesters of the December 2017, July 2018, and November 2019 uprisings,” read the report.
While referring to the regime’s deliberate inaction in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak in Iran, particularly in prisons, Iran HRM wrote: “At the same time, the Iranian regime is deliberately barring prisoners from accessing medical treatment and services. On the other hand, the Iranian regime endangers the security and health of these prisoners by imprisoning political prisoners alongside ordinary and dangerous criminals, and by not observing the principle of segregation of crimes. In August, on several occasions, political and ideological prisoners were attacked and threatened by mercenaries.”
“The crackdown on journalists continued this month. In this regard, activists in the state-run media were summoned or sentenced following the insertion of parts of the reality of the people’s problems. Violations of the rights of ethnic and religious minorities in Iran, including Christians and Baha’is, continued in August.
The repression of women under the pretext of mandatory veil also continued in the form of summer repression schemes on beaches, promenades, and public places,” read the report referring to the Iranian regime’s systematic human rights violations that target all walks of life, religious and ethnic minorities.
“This report covers only part of the reality of gross human rights violations in Iran. Naturally, the real dimensions of repression and censorship are much broader. Iran Human Rights Monitor calls for the immediate abolition of executions in Iran, especially the execution of political prisoners and detained protesters. It is mentioned in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 6, “Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life.” We call on the Security Council, the Secretary-General, the High Commissioner and the United Nations Human Rights Council to take immediate action to secure the release of those sentenced to death in Iran,” Iran HRM concluded.
The full report could be found here.