There have been at least dozens of executions in Iran in recent days, indicating a deteriorating human rights situation amid a nationwide uprising in the country.
On May 14, two individuals, Saeed Arjamandi (22 years old) and Kiyomarth Menbari, were hanged in Sanandaj Central Prison. Furthermore, on Saturday, May 13, six prisoners were executed in Kerman Prison.
Adding to the grim toll, on Friday, May 12, the regime hanged Hossein Rigi, a 23-year-old Baluchi citizen, in Mashhad’s Vakil Abad prison.
In a disturbing development, death row inmates are being relocated to solitary cells, heightening concerns over their impending executions.
According to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) affiliated Fars News Agency, 18 prisoners, including six women, who have been sentenced to death in Dastgerd and Dolat Abad prisons in Isfahan, are now at risk of execution.
The recent surge in executions by Iranian authorities represents a grave infringement upon the fundamental right to life and demands strong international condemnation.
Iranian authorities have carried out a wave of executions since late April, hanging at least 60 individuals, including an Iranian-Swedish citizen who was executed on terror-related charges.
Numerous cases involved executions following unfair trials or were based on charges, such as drug offenses and “blasphemy,” that should not warrant the death penalty under international legal standards.
Despite global efforts to abolish capital punishment, Iran continues to maintain its position as one of the world’s leading executioners.
According to the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the year 2022 witnessed a staggering number of executions in Iran, with 565 individuals put to death. Shockingly, among them were five individuals who were under the age of 18 when they allegedly committed the crimes they were accused of. The alarming trend continued into the current year, with at least 192 executions reported between January 1 and May 5, 2023. This grim tally includes eight women and most cases involving drug-related offenses and murder.
The country is in a dire economic state, characterized by utter chaos and instability. Reports reveal a staggering 50% inflation rate, coupled with a steep devaluation of the currency and a distressing surge in unemployment.
As a result, the purchasing power of the population has sharply declined, leading to alarming levels of poverty. The persistent oppression endured by the Iranian people over the course of decades has only intensified the already volatile nature of their society. The current situation can be likened to a powder keg, primed for potential upheaval and unrest.
The flames of discontent persist, smoldering beneath the surface, waiting for a spark to ignite another widespread uprising. These executions represent the regime’s desperate attempts to quell or at least intimidate a restive society.
The surging executions once again expose the ruthless impunity prevailing in Iran under the rule of mass murderers. These escalating human rights abuses in Iran, though distressing, come as no surprise after decades of atrocities committed by the mullahs, particularly under the current leadership.
When Ebrahim Raisi assumed presidency in June 2021, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Agnès Callamard remarked, “The fact that Ebrahim Raisi has ascended to the presidency instead of being held accountable for crimes against humanity such as murder, enforced disappearance, and torture is a chilling indication of the prevailing impunity in Iran.”
The international community must bring the Iranian regime’s atrocities to the attention of the UN Security Council and prosecute its leaders for four decades of crimes against humanity and genocide.