Urgent Action to prevent mass execution of prisoners of conscience in Iran

Mass execution of poitical prisoners in IranIn the aftermath of the execution of a prominent political prisoner, Hojjat Zamani, the Iranian officials in Gohardasht prison have started rumors that political prisoners are planning to commit suicide. 

According to reports from internal sources, political prisoners in Gohardasht and Evin prisons are now in a hunger strike to protest the execution of Mr. Zamani.

Iranian dissident groups and organizations and the families of political prisoners have expressed fears that the ruling mullahs after referral to the UN Security Council by the International Atomic Energy Agency may execute all political prisoners. Jail official had warned the families of the prisoners in the past that incase of a referral; they would do such thing to take revenge because the Iranian opposition is the original whistle blower on this regime’s clandestine nuclear program.

Hojjat Zamani

Hojjat Zamani

To prevent this crime by the mullahs, some political prisoners have issued statements that they do not intend to commit suicide and incase of any incident; people should file lawsuit on their behalf with a relevant international authority.

In a joint statement, Mr. Assad Shaghaghi and Mr. Valiollah Feiz-Mahdavi, announced, “we are under extreme danger. During the past 24 hours, they have been telling us that we will kill ourselves with knives or cleaning substances.” The two political prisoners stressed, “we announce to the people of the world that we shall not in any case take any action to harm ourselves.  If anything happened to us, we ask the Iranian people and the international community, to follow suite against Gohardash warden, Haj Kazem and other responsible authorities. We leave this into the hands of the people.”

In another prison in the city of Sanandaj, a prisoner by the name of Mojtaba Rasouli-Nia has reportedly disappeared. He was accused of attending an anti-government demonstration in Sanandaj.

Also in the city of Zanjan, another prisoner by the name of Yashar Hakakpour has disappeared since last week.

In Tehran’s notorious prison, Evin, many of the prisoners are undergoing torture and many face imminent execution. Prisoners Ghlam-Hossein Kalabi, Saeed Masouri, and Shahram and Farhang Pourmansouri (two brothers) are the ones that we have received their names up to now.

In 1988, after the Iran-Iraq war which was a defeat for Khomeini, in order to quiet the voices of dissent, regime went on an execution rampage which resulted in killing of over 30,000 prisoners in a matter of three months.

We ask all international organizations to help save the lives of these innocent people and demand the Iranian regime to immidiatly release all prisoners of conscience.