103 Women Executed in Iran

Three more women were hanged in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj on December 17 and 18, 2019.

By Atousa Pilger

Three more women were hanged in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj on December 17 and 18, 2019.

The executed women are identified as Eshrat Nazari who was hanged in Gohardasht Prison on December 18, Eshrat Nazari was transferred from Qarchak Prison of Varamin to Gohardasht Prison on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, and hanged early morning on December 18.

Nargess o-Sadat Tabaii was another woman executed on December 4, 2019. She was 50 years old and was arrested and detained 7 years ago.

With these three women the total number of women executed during Rouhani’s tenure reaches 103. The regime has executed six women in the three weeks of December.

Somayyeh Shahbazi Jahrouii, December 4, 2019, Sepidar Prison of Ahvaz, Fatemeh Ghezel Safarlou, December 4, 2019, Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, Nargess o-Sadat Tabaii, December 4, 2019, Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, Maryam, December 8, 2019, Central Prison of Mashhad, Fatemeh R., December 9, 2019, Gohardasht Prison of Karaj and Eshrat Nazari, December 18, 2019, Gohardasht Prison of Karaj.

Background

Many of the women convicted of murder in Iran are themselves victims of violence against women and have committed murder in self-defense.

According to Iran Human Rights Monitor (IRAN HRM), since January 2019, 261 people have been executed in Iran. The highest number of execution have been in July and August.

Some 3,800 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.

Special Rapporteur Javaid Rehman said the number of executions in Iran “remains one of the highest in the world.”

In this regard, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, has repeatedly called on international human rights bodies to send an international investigation delegation to visit prisons in Iran and meet political prisoners.

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