Iran public execution outrages human rights groups
Guardian / Saeed Kamali Dehghan

Speaking to the Guardian by phone from Kermanshah, the Iranian who filmed Amnesty's video said: "I was there, the executions took place at the centre of the city in Azadi Square at 10 in the morning when people were busy with their businesses or shopping.

"Authorities didn't have any consideration for innocent children who were accompanying their parents and suddenly watched an execution which I would guess would be carved in their mind for ever."

Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International Middle East and North Africa deputy director, said: "Not only those executed, but all those who watch public executions, including, children, are brutalised and degraded by the experience. These public displays of killing perpetuate a culture of acceptance of violence and bloodlust, rather than a belief in justice."

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