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Iran Executes Its Citizens at a Faster Rate

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Human rights organizations are outraged by ever-increasing executions of dissidents, bloggers and activists in Iran. In the world's most execution-prone country, even misdemeanors draw the death penalty.

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Beth S (330)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 7:32 pm
The human rights situation in Iran has deteriorated over the last few months, according to a UN report. Indeed, news about the hanging of ten individuals at the end of October in a Teheran prison due to charges of drug trafficking drew criticism from around the world. The hangings were in violation of international law, which dictates that the death penalty be limited to only the "most serious felonies." That was clearly not the case in Teheran. There are also serious doubts regarding the fairness of the trial against the accused, says the report by the UN Commission on Human Right (UNCHR).

London-based human rights organization Amnesty International called the executions a "state killing-spree," noting that 344 people have been executed in Iran since March.

Iranian police wearing black masks and black uniforms pull a man's shirt up to reveal tattoos in a strip-search for indications of drug use (Photo: Isna) The security police in Tehran attack smugglers and addicts

Most executions per capita

UN special correspondent Ahmad Shaheed confirmed Amnesty's numbers in his latest Iran report from the end of October. More than 300 executions have taken place since the beginning of 2012, he says. That number was 670 in 2011, ranking Iran as the country with the most executions per capita in the world.

Yet of those 670 executions in 2011, 249 were carried out behind closed doors. Human rights organizations worry that the secret execution of Iranian citizens has included a significant proportion of political activists or those belonging to religious or ethnic minorities.

Observers have also observed an ever-increasing number of executions in just the last two months - which have not been limited to drug trafficking. Within a two-week period, between 30 and 80 Iranian citizens were executed, UN special correspondent Shaheed said - basing his estimates on information from families of the executed and from human rights activists in Iran.

Intimidation of the populace and opposition

Shirin Ebadi, the Iranian Nobel Prize winner who's been living in exile in the UK since 2009, said she views the recent executions as an attempt by Iranian authorities to intimidate the Iranian populace and frighten them from demonstrating politically. The regime would like to send a signal to the opposition that it is prepared to use force and brutality, Ebadi told Deutsche Welle.

Abdolkarim Lahiji, vice president of the International Federation of Human Rights Leagues, likewise reads the increasing number of executions as an attempt to intimidate. The Iranian lawyer believes that only Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, could be behind "these inhuman measures." Without Khamenei's consent, such a campaign would be unimaginable.

But Iran observers say such measures are a sign of Khameni's weak reign and leadership. He can boast few achievements to his citizens, and due to international sanctions, he and his country are between a rock and a hard place.

Civil society strengthened under pressure

The recent executions are not the only matter to prompt international criticism. The suppression of political dissenters, journalists and human rights activists remains part of the country's agenda - or has increased up, said UN special correspondent Shaheed in his latest report.

Nasrin Sotoudeh, one of the country's best-known human rights activists and a lawyer, has been incarcerated since August of 2010 on charges of "conspiracy against national security." She recently ended a hunger strike in Teheran's Evin prison, after Iranian deputies agreed to loosen punitive measures against her family. In October 2012, Sotoudeh was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought from the European Parliament, along with film director Jafar Panahi.

KOMBO Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is seen in Tehran on November 1, 2008. Sotoudeh was sentenced to 11 years in prison for defending opposition members after the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009. A dozen lawyers defending human rights cases and opposition members are currently imprisoned in Iran, according to Amnesty International, which describes them as prisoners of conscience.

On December 15 of this year, the German city of Bochum will also award its human rights prize to two Iranians: human rights lawyer Javid Hutan Kian and workers' rights activist Shahrokh Zamani. Both are currently incarcerated in Iranian prisons and, according to human rights activists and the Bochum award's website, both have been severely tortured.

Death of a blogger

Media suppression has also intensified in Teheran. One of many such cases was the closing of independent newspaper "Sharg" after it published cartoons critical of the government. In addition, according to Shaheed's report, some 40 journalists are currently behind bars.

A modern Iranian man with a shaved head and no beard looks into the camera without smiling (Photo: Irani) Beheshti's family may never know how he died

New to Iran is the "Internet police." The organization, called FATA, has kept critical or "immoral" bloggers under surveillance since its founding in 2011. Blogger Sattar Beheshti, who was imprisoned on October 30, died three days later in the custody of this police unit. The case caught the attention of the political establishment in Iran, resulting in a parliamentary enquiry and investigative committee. The chief of FATA was fired and other police officers suspended.

The attorney general admitted that Beheshti was beaten while under arrest - but that this was not the cause of death.

Stan B (123)
Monday January 7, 2013, 12:45 am
About the only area where Iran leads the world.

Gillian M (218)
Monday January 7, 2013, 2:55 am
I have been working for years to try to prevent some of these murders and all that happens is that the hanging etc is postponed for a few days. It is frustrating and heart breaking to say the least. What is more insulting is that the UN and it's infamous Lack of Human Rights council who say nothing.

Jay S (116)
Monday January 7, 2013, 8:12 am
The Iranian tyrants, when there is international outrage over killings of gay people, Christians, intellectuals etc, just change the 'crime' committed to 'murderer' or some such lie.

It is hard to believe that Iran murders more of its people per capita than Saudi Arabia, another Muslim Dictatorship Sharia State (one Sunni, the other Shia - it matters not at all).

Not surprising when these dictatorships are based on an ideology invented by a man who was a mass murderer and torturer who commanded that anyone who insulted or criticized him should be killed. Islam's deity is big on killing.

We have such compassion for the average Iranian. Where was Obama and the rest of the western/NATO governments when the Iranian people started the first uprising against their tyrannical government? Pretty silent, and didn't do anything to help their revolution to catch and succeed, and the Iranians are probably the only Muslim ruled country that actually has a real chance of becoming a true, liberal democracy with protection of minority rights.

But our illustrious 'leaders' backed the Saudi-backed Muslim Brotherhood Islamists who wanted to impose Sharia law on their countries - not real democracy, just as they are doing right now in Syria. And if you believe Obama and the rest of them didn't know this then you are naive in the extreme. What a shame.

May these oppressed people gain their freedom soon!

Carola May (20)
Monday January 7, 2013, 8:14 am
So sad! Thank you for posting this.

Lee Hampton (15)
Monday January 7, 2013, 10:01 am
LOL, Stan! How very sadly and frighteningly true.

Süheyla C (234)
Monday January 7, 2013, 11:31 am
Thanks Beth

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Monday January 7, 2013, 12:00 pm
This is horrible!!!!!!! I also heard awhile back they had arrested Pastor Youseff (sp?)again...has anyone heard anything about him!? Why do we not have enough people in this world to stop these barbarians!?

bob m (32)
Monday January 7, 2013, 1:06 pm

This is like an islamic aphrodesiac...they no doubt feel more truely alive in the service of their horn ed god while actively following their pointy finger around in search of those to judge...its a job ...right?

this takes S&M to a previusly unheard of depth this is so obviousy a blood, death, sex coven, cult... ..straight up.

oh; the shame!

Nancy Black (308)
Monday January 7, 2013, 1:57 pm
Noted, tweeted, tweeted, shared, and terrified. When the government starts to kill it's citizens, it has reached a stage where revolution should occur.

pam w (139)
Monday January 7, 2013, 3:54 pm
Nancy...that's my hope, too!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 8:31 am
There is no value systems in place in these war torn,uncultivated,uncivilized,corrupt and barberic 3rd world countries.

Kate A (10)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 10:33 am
S/N, thank u for posting

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 3:29 pm
Thanks Beth--continuing sad news.

Mitchell D (104)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 3:46 pm
This is indeed a form of terrorism, perpetrated on the country's own people. AND, another reason to avoid voting according to religious beliefs!
Again: You want to see a country "under God?" Want to see a Theocracy in action? There it is. Don't say "Oh, that would never happen here, we have a loving God" or any thing of that sort. Once the Theocracy is established, Christian, or whatever, the interpretation of what God supposedly "wants" is up to those so very fallible, often hugely greedy, mammals, known as humans.

Edgar Z (47)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 3:15 am
The country that does not respect human rights is a backward country.

Mike m (9)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 11:48 am
Sounds like they are taking after Texas.

Melania P (122)
Friday January 11, 2013, 11:01 am

Klaus Peters (14)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 4:50 am
Yeah, Sharia law, and they want to impose that on us. What a sick dieing culture. A once beautifull country with a big history is sinking back into the dark ages murdering her own people, to desperately cling to power that they will never be able to enforce. For every person they murder there will be many more to object and take their place in opposition to Islam and dictatorship.
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