The United States on Monday condemned the second execution in Iran of a protester detained during the protests that have shaken the country for three months and estimated that these death sentences show that the regime of the Islamic Republic fears its own people.
“We condemn this draconian deal in the strongest terms”told reporters the spokesman for the US State Department, Ned Price.
“These harsh sentences, and now the first public execution (for the demonstrations) are designed to intimidate the people of Iran, are designed to suppress dissent and just show how much the Iranian leadership is afraid of its own people,” he added.
At the UN, spokesman Stephane Dujarric called for an end to executions, saying “there is no place for capital punishment.”
For his part, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, estimated that “the circumstances were particularly cruel,” according to Dujarric.
“There is no place for capital punishment and we want to ensure that no more executions are carried out,” the United Nations spokesman said. Farhan Haq.
Majesty Rahnavard23, was sentenced to death by a court in the northeastern city of Mashhad for killing two members of the security forces and wounding four other people, according to the news agency of the judiciary Mizan Online.
He was hanged in public in the city, rather than inside the prison, it added.
The young man was arrested on November 19, charged on the 24th and his trial was held on the 29th, the same day he was sentenced to death, after allegedly confessing to his crimes, according to Iranian media.
Rahnavard’s execution came four days after the first hanging of a convicted prisoner for participating in the recent wave of protests, which have already resulted in nine death sentences.
Haq said that the UN has conveyed its concern to Iran at various levels and has urged Tehran on the need to allow non-violent protests.
“We want to make sure that there is no excessive use of force and that the right to peaceful protest and assembly are respected. Right now, on the ground, there are very worrying signs that this is not happening,” the spokesperson said.
According to the NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR), based in Oslo, in these three months of protests At least 400 people have already died and some 15,000 arrests have been made. Among the deceased there are at least 44 minors, 34 of them from shots with live ammunition to the head or vital organs, according to Amnesty International (AI) denounced today.
IHR director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said Rahnavard “was sentenced to death based on coerced confessions after a grossly unfair trial and a show trial”.
“The public execution of a young protester, 23 days after his arrest, is another serious crime committed by the leadership of the Islamic Republic and a significant escalation in the level of violence against protesters,” he told the agency. AFP.
Rahnavard was sentenced in the Mashhad Revolutionary Courtaccording to Mizan. Those courts have received international criticism for not allowing defendants to choose their lawyers or have access to the evidence against them.
(With information from AFP and EFE)
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