Amnesty International warned about the imminent execution of three people arrested during the protests in Iran

File photo. The NGO Amnesty International has warned about the “imminent” execution in Iran of three prisoners (EFE) (EPA /)

The NGO Amnesty International has warned about the “imminent” execution in Iran of three prisoners who were arrested last November in Isfahan during the anti-government protests over the death of the young woman Mahsa Amini.

“In the midst of the horrific wave of executions of dozens of people by the authorities since the end of April 2023, the international community must take urgent action to stop the execution of these protesters before it is too late,” reported the AI Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Diana Eltahawy.

Thus, he has explained that the use of the death penalty is a “act of revenge” against those protesters who took to the streets to demand rights from the Iranian people in the last seven months. “It is further proof that the authorities are taking increasingly violent and extreme measures to torment and terrorize people,” he said.

The authorities have informed the families that there will be no more visits for the three prisoners, Majid Kazemi, Salé Mirashemi and Saeed Yaghubi, who have had to make self-blaming confessions after being tortured and ill-treated.

Specifically, Majid Kazemi assured in a recording that he was forced to confess his guilt after being beaten, electrocuted and subjected to mock executions. The interrogators, after suspending him upside down with ropes, showed him videos of torture against his brother and also threatened to kill his loved ones, among other violations of Human Rights.

In this file photo, Iranians protest the death of Mahsa Amini after she was detained by morality police (AP Photo, file)
In this file image, Iranians protest the death of Mahsa Amini after being detained by the morality police (AP Photo, file) (Uncredited /)

The three men were tried between December and January, after which they were sentenced to death for “enmity towards God” (‘moharebeh) for allegedly carrying weapons during protests. In May, the Iranian Supreme Court upheld the sentences despite irregularities in the trial, lack of evidence and allegations of torture.

“Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception, regardless of the nature or circumstances of the crime; guilt, innocence or other characteristics of the individual; or the method used by the State to carry out the execution”, has settled.

According to an Amnesty International report published on Tuesday, in Iran, 576 executions were documented in the year 2022, which represented an increase of 83% compared to the 314 registered during 2021. This figure exceeds that revealed a few weeks ago by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and United Against the Death Penalty (ECPM, for its acronym in French), which had registered 75% more than in 2021.

Iran and Saudi Arabia are two countries that routinely execute people after unfair trials. 93% were carried out in the Middle East and North Africa region, and of the 825 executions recorded there, 94% were in Iran (70%) and Saudi Arabia (24%).

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