Executions / Life

September 14, 2016

Cartoon 155: Proud

Cartoon 155: Proud Just a few weeks after the publication of a  1988 audio recording on the late Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri’s website in which he told Judiciary and Intelligence Ministry officials  at a meeting that the mass executions of political dissidents inside Iranian prisons is “the Islamic Republic’s worst crime,” one of those officials, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, who […]... read more
September 14, 2016

Twenty-Year Old On Death Row After “Confessing” on Promise of Freedom

Twenty-Year Old On Death Row After “Confessing” on Promise of Freedom Death Sentence for Posting “Anti-Islamic” Content on Social Media Sina Dehghan was just 19-years-old when the Revolutionary Guards told him, while they were interrogating him, that if he confessed to the charge of “insulting” the Prophet Mohammad and signed a letter of repentance, he would be set free. Now he’s on death row while being […]... read more
September 8, 2016

Head of Iranian Judiciary’s Human Rights Council Defends Wave of Executions

Head of Iranian Judiciary’s Human Rights Council Defends Wave of Executions In less than a month, between August 2 and August 27, 2016, at least 37 prisoners were executed in Iran. Shortly afterwards, the head of the Iranian Judiciary’s Human Rights Council, Mohammad Javad Larijani, claimed Iran was doing members of the international community a favor by executing drug traffickers. Many, though not all, of the […]... read more
September 7, 2016

More Than 100 Prominent Iranians Ask UN to Declare 1988 Massacre “Crime Against Humanity”

More Than 100 Prominent Iranians Ask UN to Declare 1988 Massacre “Crime Against Humanity” This article has been updated on September 12, 2016 to reflect the correct number of original signatories. In a letter to the United Nations Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court, more than one hundred Iranians living outside Iran, including several prominent civil, academic, and human rights figures, have asked for the recognition of the […]... read more
August 29, 2016

Recording on 1988 Prison Massacre Exposes Early Fissure in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Recording on 1988 Prison Massacre Exposes Early Fissure in the Islamic Republic of Iran The recently released audio recording of Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri sharply denouncing the mass execution of political prisoners in the summer of 1988 has highlighted disagreements among prominent figures of the Islamic Republic that arose from the decision by Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran’s 1979 revolution, to put thousands of political dissidents to death. […]... read more
August 16, 2016

Rights groups condemn recent execution of Kurdish prisoners and call for an immediate moratorium on all executions in Iran

Rights groups condemn recent execution of Kurdish prisoners and call for an immediate moratorium on all executions in Iran Geneva – Iranian authorities must immediately put a halt to the execution of Kurdish political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, 22 human rights organizations stated. These organizations also urged for an immediate moratorium on the death penalty and a right to due process and fair and public retrials for all prisoners sentenced to death. Since […]... read more
August 12, 2016

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Tries to Hide Evidence of Massacre of Thousands of Political Prisoners in 1988

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Tries to Hide Evidence of Massacre of Thousands of Political Prisoners in 1988 Recording of Ayatollah Montazeri’s Plea to Stop the Executions is Taken Off Website An audio file of Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri—the once successor to Iran’s first supreme leader—bitterly criticizing the Islamic Republic’s mass execution of political prisoners in 1988 and arguing for an end to the killings, has been removed from his official website upon […]... read more
August 10, 2016

Five Prisoners Hanged in Iran in Accelerating Rate of Executions

Five Prisoners Hanged in Iran in Accelerating Rate of Executions Hangings Follow Twenty Prisoners Executed Last Week Five prisoners were hanged inside Iran’s Orumiyeh Central Prison in West Azerbaijan Province on the morning of August 8, 2016, in what appears to be an accelerating pace of executions in the Islamic Republic. Last week 20 Sunni prisoners were killed in another mass execution in the city […]... read more
August 9, 2016

Mother of Executed Iranian Scientist Describes Last Visit With Son Day Before His Death

Mother of Executed Iranian Scientist Describes Last Visit With Son Day Before His Death Marzieh Amiri: “I had kept silent only for the sake of my son.” The mother of Shahram Amiri, the Iranian nuclear scientist who allegedly spied for the U.S. and was executed in Iran on August 3, 2016 in a case shrouded in mystery, has provided details about her son’s last day and six years of […]... read more
August 8, 2016

Cartoon 152: Executions in Iran

Cartoon 152: Executions in Iran Iranian cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on the recent surge in prison executions in Iran.... read more
August 5, 2016

Names of Mass Execution Victims in Iran Still Not Released

Names of Mass Execution Victims in Iran Still Not Released Only 10 of the 20 Sunni Prisoners Killed Are Identified by Authorities Iran is withholding the names of ten of the twenty Sunni prisoners who were executed in Rajaee Shahr Prison in the city of Karaj on August 2, 2016 even though the prosecutor general and the Intelligence Ministry have made statements on the executions. […]... read more
August 2, 2016

Iran Executes Kurdish Prisoner despite Claim of Forced Confession

Iran Executes Kurdish Prisoner despite Claim of Forced Confession As Many As 20 Others May Have Been Executed Too Kurdish prisoner Shahram Ahmadi was hanged in the courtyard of Iran’s Rajaee Shahr Prison today, August 2, 2016, at 4:53 p.m., according to a member of his family. The execution took place despite the fact that the prisoner stated the entire case against him was […]... read more