New wave of executions in Iran

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, April 10, 2021—Iranian authorities executed four prisoners in Urmia Prison on Friday, April 9. Two other prisoners were executed on Thursday, April 8, in Babol prison. These two prisoners were executed after spending seven-and-half years in prison.

According to the Javaneha website, the regime confirmed the execution of another prisoner in Taybad Prison, Razavi Khorasan province, on Thursday.

Another prisoner named Yasser Daryai from Zahedan was executed in Sabzevar after one-and-half year imprisonment.

Members of Daryai’s family were denied meeting him before the execution.

On Sunday, April 4, the regime executed Hojjat Ghaed, 36, in Zanjan Prison after four years of imprisonment. Three other prisoners were executed on Sunday in Urmia. Their names were Ahmad Habibvand, Sadegh Mahi, and Mohammad Karim Mahmoudi.

Iran has the world’s highest number of executions per capita. According to Iran Human Rights Monitor, at least 255 persons were executed last year. Since the beginning of 2021, the regime has executed 84 people and at least 90 juvenile offenders are on death row in Iran.

The theocratic regime uses executions as an instrument to create an atmosphere of fear and prevent social protests. The regime has particularly ratcheted up its repressive measures as it gets ready for its sham presidential elections, scheduled in June.

In this regard, Amnesty International mentioned in its annual report that the Iranian regime uses “the death penalty as a weapon of political repression.”

On April 8, over 300 Iranian Academics called in a letter on President Joe Biden to put human rights first in his approach toward Iran.

“More than 300 Iranian-American activists on Wednesday wrote to President Biden urging him to support a democratic and secular Iran, and not to ease sanctions until the regime in Tehran ends human rights abuses — as negotiations on reviving the Iran deal begin,” Fox News reported.

“Your administration’s impactful actions must be directed towards blocking the Iranian regime’s violation of human rights, and their export of terrorism in the region and beyond,” the letter from more than 300 American Iranians, including physicians, engineers, and professors, says. “As you craft your policy, defending human rights and democracy in Iran should be the central and enduring element of your policy on Iran.”

Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), called on Europe and the U.S. to condition their diplomatic relations with the Iranian regime on halting human rights violations.

“The clerical regime is caught at a deadly impasse with no way out. Khamenei thinks that he can prevent the people’s uprising and the regime’s downfall by closing ranks and by stepping up repression. But this policy will only aggravate the already volatile situation in society,” Mrs. Rajavi stressed.

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