Iran on “Execution Binge;” Immediate Moratorium Urged
International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
16-Jan-2011 (one comment)

(16 January 2011) The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran called on the Iranian Parliament and the Judiciary to immediately institute a moratorium on executions and to move swiftly to abolish the death penalty, in the face of skyrocketing executions following unfair trials and opaque judicial proceedings.
Since the beginning of the New Year, Iran has hanged 47 prisoners, or an average of about one person every eight hours. Iran executes more people per capita than any other country, and in absolute numbers, is second only to China.
On Saturday, 15 January 2011, Iran hanged a Kurdish prisoner some Iranian websites have identified as Hossein Khazri, a Kurdish political prisoner on the death row. A local official in the province of Western Azerbaijan told media that “a member of the Pejak (an armed Kurdish guerilla group)” was hanged in Urumiye prison on Saturday morning. He did not name the executed prisoner.
Khazri’s brother told the Campaign that the authorities has not provided any information to the family about the execution of his brother. Hossein Khazri had denied charges against him and said he was severely tortured.
“The Iranian Judiciary is on an execution binge orchestrated by the intelligence and security agencies,” stated Aaron Rhodes, a spokesperson for the Campaign.
“The execution of Kurdish activists, without fair trials and following torture, increasingly appears as a systematic, politically motivated pr... >>>

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by yolanda on

Wow! 47 executions in 2 and half weeks!

IRI is going berserk!