By Armin Baldwin
The Iranian Regime Hanged 4 persons, including two women in Gohardasht prison of Karaj. Two others who were executed on Wednesday were Mohammad Khodaparast and Alireza Mohamadi.
The regime has executed 4 others on Wednesday in Oroumiyeh, Ahvaz, and Zahedan. In this way, the numbers of people executed last week were 8.
Some 3,700 persons have been executed in Iran in the past six years under Rouhani. According to international organizations, the Iranian regime holds the record of execution per capita. It employs the death penalty as a tool for maintaining its grab on power and for silencing a disgruntled populace, the majority of whom live under the poverty line, while unemployment is rampant in the country and there is no freedom of speech.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman said in a report circulated to the UN General Assembly August 16, last year saw continuing violations of the right to life, liberty and fair trial in the Islamic Republic, including 253 reported executions of adults and children.
On Friday, December 6, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet issued a statement, expressing alarm over the Iranian regime’s violent response to nationwide protests that began on Friday, November 15.
Michelle Bachelet announced that there were “clear violations of international norms and standards on the use of force and serious violations of human rights” and she noted that at least 208 people were killed, including 13 women and 12 children.” She added that the numbers might be more than twice that and “those responsible must be held accountable.”
According to People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) a number of victims who have been identified so far are 350. The MEK released names of another 30 martyrs of the Iranian people’s nationwide protests.
The number of martyrs of the nationwide protests exceeds 1,000. Several children and minors are among the victims.
Brian Hook, the US special envoy on Iran, also said on December 5 that “It appears the regime could have murdered over 1,000 Iranian citizens since the protests began…. We know for certain it is many, many hundreds.”
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), “hailed the uprising’s heroic martyrs, and called on the United Nations Security Council, the European Union and its member states to condemn this horrendous mass killing by the Iranian regime and to take urgent action to stop this crime against humanity and secure the release all those arrested.”
Mrs. Rajavi called on the UN Secretary-General to “send a fact-finding mission without delay to investigate this horrific crime and visit the prisons and meet the prisoners.” Mrs. Rajavi added that the “international community must ostracize the murderous theocracy ruling Iran from the community of nations. Khamenei, Rouhani and other regime leaders must face justice”.