Executions / Life

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
July 23, 2016

Cartoon 149: Worthless Versus Valuable “Likes”

Cartoon 149: Worthless Versus Valuable “Likes” At a June 23, 2016 public meeting with poets chosen and invited by his administration, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said: “I have heard that some publish their poetry on the Internet. For example, someone wrote something that is worthless, but imagine that it receives several thousand ‘likes!’ Those ‘likes’ are worthless. What gives worth […]... read more
July 16, 2016

Cartoon 148: Orlando

Cartoon 148: Orlando Iranian cartoonist Touka Neyestani reacts to the June 12, 2016 shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in which 49 patrons were killed and 53 more were injured. The perpetrator, Omar S. Mateen, who was also killed in the incident, had called 911 during the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS, according to a […]... read more
July 12, 2016

Commentary: Iran’s Hard-Liners Crack Down as Their Base of Support Narrows

Commentary: Iran’s Hard-Liners Crack Down as Their Base of Support Narrows This commentary was originally published in the World Politics Review. Hadi Ghaemi There is a crackdown underway in Iran. But it is no longer just a crackdown on dissent. Rather it is an attempt to crush views or expressions that depart from the insular and rigid worldview of an increasingly small band of hard-liners. It […]... read more
June 7, 2016

Kurdish Political Prisoner Denied Urgent Medical Care

Kurdish Political Prisoner Denied Urgent Medical Care Prisoner of conscience Zeinab Jalalian, condemned to life in prison in northwestern Iran, needs urgent medical treatment for her eye and tongue infections and has not received adequate care inside prison. “Zeinab has been afflicted with pterygium of the eye [surfer’s eye] and its spread is causing problems with her sight,” one of her lawyers, […]... read more