Iran Human Rights warned of risk of speedy executions in Iran after first death sentence for protests

FILE PHOTO. A police motorcycle burns during a protest over the death of Mahsa Amini (West Asia News Agency/ REUTERS) (WANA NEWS AGENCY/)

The NGO Iran Human Rights, based in Oslo, Norway, warned on Monday against the risk of rapid executions in this Asian country after the Iranian Justice announced the first death sentence for the protests in the last two months.

The official news agency IRNA does not identify the convicted person, and indicates that the sentence has been handed down in relation to the charges of “burning down a government building, disturbing public order, gathering and conspiring to commit a crime against national security, and being an enemy of God and of corruption on earth”, this last crime punishable by execution.

The verdict, however, can still be appealed.

At least 20 people face charges punishable by death, warned Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO).

FILE PHOTO: A newspaper with a cover image of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being detained by Iranian morality police (West Asia News Agency/REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: A newspaper with a cover image of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being detained by the Iranian morality police (West Asia News Agency / REUTERS) (WANA NEWS AGENCY /)

”The international community must strongly warn the Republic of Iran of the consequences of executing protesters. Calling their ambassadors and implementing more effective human rights measures against officials are some consequences to consider,” this organization said in a statement.

The death toll at the hands of Iranian security forces in recent weeks amounts to 326from them 43 minorsaccording to the latest balance of IHRNGO.

More than 15,000 Iranians have been detained and several hundred have died in nearly two months of protests, according to estimates by the activist news agency hrana.

Protests erupted in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini, who died in September after being arrested for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code.

More than 15,000 Iranians have been detained and several hundred have died in almost two months of protests (REUTERS/Dilara Senkaya)
More than 15,000 Iranians have been detained and several hundred have died in almost two months of protests (REUTERS/Dilara Senkaya) (DILARA SENKAYA/)

The authorities have demanded harsh punishments for the protesters, whom they call “rioters”and have tried to blame the unrest on foreign powers.

Some of the detainees are released with a fine. Others are tried in criminal court. But political prisoners often face these feared revolutionary courts, a parallel system created to protect the Islamic republicsaid to T.I have Washington Post Hadi Enayat, a political sociologist specializing in Iranian law.

The revolutionary courts are notorious for their “egregious violations of due process guarantees”, he said Tara Sepehri Far of Human Rights Watch. The State “uses the trials as one more element to shape its narrative about the protests.”

In late October, the Iranian judiciary said it had indicted some 1,000 people in Tehran and would hold public trials in the coming weeks. As in the past, human rights groups hope they will be false trials, based on fabricated evidence and confessions made under duress or torture. The detainees have been accused of committing acts of violence and murdering Iranian security forces with little or no evidence, they say.

Political prisoners often face these feared revolutionary courts, a parallel system (REUTERS / Ivan Alvarado)
Political prisoners often face these feared revolutionary courts, a parallel system (REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado) (IVAN ALVARADO/)

Deaths have been reported in 22 Iranian provinces, the majority in Sistan, Balochistan, Tehran, Mazandaran, Gilan and Kurdistan.

Born in 2005 and registered in Norway since 2009, Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO) claims to be made up of people from inside and outside of Iran and has members in the United States, Canada, Japan and several European countries.

(with information from EFE)

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