Tune in now to follow the live coverage of The Human Rights Situation in Iran Massacre of political prisoners (1988 – 2016) conference: http://www.ncr-iran.org
- Ingrid Betancourt
- Tahar Boumedra
- Kirsty Brimelow, QC
- Brian ODomhnail
- Gilbert Mitterrand
- Rémy Pagani
- Parviz Solgi Khazai
- Alejo Vidal-Quadras
- Jean Ziegler
Time and time again, Iran is listed as the country with the second highest rate of executions in the world.The Huffington Post shared an insightful article from Movements.org, that discusses the disturbing human rights violations taking place in Iran.
Below is an excerpt from the article:
The cruel and unusual punishment the Iranian government inflicts on its citizens does not stop at death sentences for crimes not meeting international standards, but continues in its treatment of prisoners currently sitting on death row. Two days after his execution, Hamed Ahmadi’s words gave the world a glimpse into the atrocities committed against death row prisoners. It describes how, over the course of five years, prison guards repeatedly left him with the impression he was to be executed the next day:
“The door opened. Our hearts started to pound. The nightmare of death was coming true…But 45 days went by. Every day, we thought we would be executed the next day but no one came for us. We approached death 45 times. We said good-bye to life 45 times.”
To read the full article or to share on social media visit The Huffington Post here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/iranian-government-wages-a-war-on-its-citizens_us_57c8098be4b06c750dd8cfbf
Since Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took office in 2013:
- Executions in Iran have continued, especially of ethnic and religious minorities. Over 2,000 people have been executed since Rouhani’s term in office. Amnesty International reported that nearly 700 people were executed by the Iranian regime in just over six months.
- Iran continues to be the largest prison for journalists in the Middle East. Reporters Jason Rezaian and his wife Yeganeh Salehi were both released from Iranian prisons this week. Both were detained in Iran for over a year through “arbitrary and blatantly illegal treatment by Iranian authorities.”
- Women continue to face violence and misogyny. In 2014, organized gangs affiliated with the Iranian regime committed acid attacks on Iranian women and girls. At least 25 women were subjected to these attacks.
Hassan Rouhani has been touring Italy and France this month in an effort to create an economic relationship between the West and Iran, but the devastating and blatant human rights violations that continue to plague the Iranian people under his leadership should not be ignored.
Join friends of the Iranian people tomorrow as they protest Hassan Rouhani’s civil and democratic violations.
No to Rouhani Rally in Paris
Thursday January 28 2016 | 13:00h in Paris’ Trocadero Square
Follow the event online with the hashtags #No2Rouhani and #StopExecutionsIran
The Iranian Regime entered 2016 by committing 52 executions within the first two weeks of January. Among those sentenced to death included one woman and four people who were hanged publicly.
As President Rouhani and the Iranian Regime begin to close on nuclear deal P5+1, the human rights situation in Iran continues to suffer under their control. Iran still holds the record for having the most executions per capita in the world, executing over 1,000 people in 2015. Women, children, and religious and ethnic minorities continue to suffer some of the harshest sentences.
Protestors are preparing for a rally this Thursday in Paris’ Trocadero Square to condemn the poor human rights conditions under Rouhani, who will be visiting the city that day. Organizers are showing their support for the Iranian people online under the hashtags #No2Rouhani and #StopExecutionsIran.
Reporters Without Borders, an annual report of journalist freedoms and safety, ranked Iran as the 7th-worst country in their international index of freedom of information in 2015. Detailed in their recently-released index, the Islamic Republic of Iran ranked 173 out of the 180 surveyed countries for freedom and safety of the press.
The 2015 report confirmed that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s term in office has not helped foster a freer, safer environment for reporters. Citing the government’s active pursuit to close news outlets and its relationship with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guard, Reporters Without Borders determined that the Rouhani administration has “played a role in arrests as a silent accomplice” when it comes to censorship of information.
Rouhani’s administration also regularly detains journalists and reporters in Iran unjustly in addition to unfairly arresting religious and ethnic minorities and women. Reporters Without Borders reported that Iran is still one of the world’s five biggest prisons for news and information providers and estimate that about 50 journalists and netizens are currently being detained.
A rally against Rouhani’s treatment of human rights in Iran has been scheduled in Paris’ Trocadero Square on January 28. Protestors are currently gathering under the hashtags #No2Rouhani and #StopExecutionsIran.
Protestors of the Iranian regime will rally against increased Iranian human rights violations under president Hassan Rouhani. Protesters intend to call attention to the number of executions carried out by the Iranian government while Rouhani has served in office.
Hassan Rouhani’s presidency has an abysmal track record when it comes to human rights. Despite Rouhani running on the perception of a moderate platform, Iran still executes more people per capita than any other country in the world, including at least 694 people between January 1 and September 15 of 2015.
Women and young people see some of the harshest human rights violations: Iran is still the worst offender when it comes to juvenile executions, and a law in 2013 made it permissible for men to marry their adoptive daughters – a law Rouhani implemented himself.
Iranians and their allies have already joined together online under the hashtags #No2Rouhani and #StopExecutionsIran. The protest will take place in Trocadero Square in Paris on January 28 – the same day Rouhani also plans to be visiting Paris.
More information can be found here: http://iranfreedom.org/news/1193-iranians-rally-in-paris-to-say-no-to-rouhani