DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran on Friday executed three males accused of lethal violence throughout final 12 months’s anti-government protests regardless of objections from human rights teams.
Mizan, the judiciary’s web site, introduced the executions of Majid Kazemi, Saleh Mirhashemi and Saeed Yaghoubi, with out saying how they had been carried out. Authorities say they killed a police officer and two members of the paramilitary Basij group in Isfahan in November throughout nationwide protests.
Rights teams say the three had been subjected to torture, compelled into televised confessions and denied due course of.
The protests erupted final September after the loss of life of a 22-year-old lady, Mahsa Amini, who had been detained by the nation’s morality police for allegedly violating its strict Islamic gown code. The demonstrations quickly escalated into requires the overthrow of the theocracy that has dominated Iran for the reason that 1979 Islamic Revolution.
The demonstrations have largely subsided in current months, although there are nonetheless sporadic acts of defiance, together with the refusal of a rising variety of ladies to put on the necessary Islamic headband, referred to as the hijab.
Iran has executed a complete of seven individuals in reference to the protests. Rights teams say they and several other others who’ve been sentenced to loss of life had been convicted by secretive state safety courts and denied the fitting to defend themselves.
“The prosecution relied on forced ‘confessions,’ and the indictment was riddled with irregularities that reveal this was a politically motivated case,” Hadi Ghaemi, the chief director of the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran, stated of the three executed on Friday.
The group stated Kazemi had referred to as a relative and accused authorities of torturing him by flogging his toes, utilizing a stun gun and threatening him with sexual assault.
London-based Amnesty International additionally criticized the circumstances.
“The shocking manner in which the trial and sentencing of these protesters was fast-tracked through Iran’s judicial system amid the use of torture-tainted ‘confessions’, serious procedural flaws and a lack of evidence is another example of the Iranian authorities’ brazen disregard for the rights to life and fair trial,” stated Diana Eltahawy, Amnesty’s deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa.
Iran launched a heavy crackdown on the protests, portraying them — with out proof — as a foreign-backed conspiracy. The protesters stated they had been fed up after many years of repression and poor governance. Iran’s economic system has been in a tailspin for the reason that U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 nuclear settlement and restored crippling sanctions.
Robert Malley, the U.S. envoy for Iran, had spoken out in opposition to the upcoming execution of the three males, calling it “an affront to the human rights and basic dignity of all Iranians” that confirmed the federal government “has learned nothing from the protests.”
“The United States will continue to stand with the Iranian people. We are coordinating closely with our allies and partners to expose and confront the Iranian regime’s unremitting human rights abuses,” Malley tweeted on Thursday.
More than 500 individuals had been killed throughout months of protests, together with dozens of members of the safety forces. Some 19,000 individuals had been arrested, although many have since been launched.
Iran is without doubt one of the world’s main executioners. At least 582 individuals had been executed in 2022, up from 333 the earlier 12 months. The surge in executions, together with for drug violations and imprecise prices of “enmity against God” and “spreading corruption on earth,” has drawn criticism from U.N. officers and human rights activists.