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Amnesty calls on Iran to stop psychological torture on families of executed political prisoners

The heinous execution of three Kurdish political prisoners, Ramin Hossein Panahi, Zaniar and Loghman Moradi, stirred a wave of global condemnations against the mullahs’ regime ruling Iran.
The heinous execution of three Kurdish political prisoners, Ramin Hossein Panahi, Zaniar and Loghman Moradi, stirred a wave of global condemnations against the mullahs’ regime ruling Iran.

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, September 10, 2020—The inhumane mullahs’ regime in Iran continues to prevent the families of three executed political prisoners, Ramin Hossein Panahi, Zanyar Moradi, and Loghman Moradi, from seeking information about the burial place of their loved once.

On September 9, Amnesty International called on Iranian regime officials to end the secrecy and imposed suffering to families of those executed.

“The severe psychological suffering imposed on the families of Ramin Hossein Panahi, Zanyar Moradi, and Loghman Moradi by the Iranian authorities by deliberately concealing their burial places is a violation of the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment found under the Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Secrecy on the burial place violates the rights of families to seek, receive and disseminate information in this regard. In addition, Iranian authorities, prevented mourning ceremonies, and barred families from erecting tombstones or decorating their loved ones' graves with flowers, photographs, insignia, or memorial messages, and this violated the cultural rights of family members to attend funerals. They also violate mourning rituals they believe in. This violates Article 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to which Iran is adhered,” the Amnesty International statement reads.

 

 

“There is no grave to cry over. I have been restless for the past few days. I have cried on the grave of my other child, Ashraf Hossein Panahi. My Ramin was innocent. Why don’t you let me at this old age, me and his father, to visit our child’s grave?” asked the mother of Ramin Hossein Panahi sadly.

Ramin Hossein Panahi, 24, Loghman Moradi, 32, and Zaniar Moradi, 30, were three Kurdish political prisoners executed in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, in west of Tehran on September 8, 2018. The trials of all three men were grossly unfair. All were denied access to their lawyers and families after their arrest and they were tortured into making confessions.

At the time, Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), strongly condemned the executions of these three Kurdish activists.

Simultaneously, members of the Iranian Resistance Units, the internal network of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), had condemned the execution of political prisoners Ramin Hossein Panahi, and Loghman and Zaniar Moradi.

In other news on Sunday, September 8, and Tuesday, September 9, the Iranian regime executed two prisoners in secret in the cities of Borujerd and Karaj.

On Thursday, September 10, Madam Rajavi called for the release of all the political prisoners. “The international community has not responded to all these arrests and carnage properly by the mullahs’ regime. The time has come to pressure the regime to stop torture and execution of those arrested during,” the NCRI President-elect stressed.