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Iran: New wave of executions and repression in prisons

Executions in Iran
Executions in Iran

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, January 18, 2021The recent week has seen a new wave of brutal executions in Iran with at least 11 people put to death by the inhuman regime of the mullahs. On Monday, authorities in Sanandaj prison executed 46-year-old Fateh Ghaderinia. Ghaderinia, who was from the Del village of Sorudabad county, Kurdistan province, had been in prison for two years and was transferred to solitary confinement four days before his execution.

On January 14, the regime executed Reza Shirzad in Yazd and Shamseddin Soleimani in Qazvin prison. On the previous day, prison authorities executed two brothers, Mehdi and Moharram Feizi, in Ardebil prison. Mehdi, 32, and Moharram, 40, had been in the ward number five of Ardebil prison for six years. They were transferred to solitary confinement on the eve of their execution.

On the same day, 27-year-old Saber Khoshkar was executed in Tabriz and Jama Daruzehi was hanged in Zabol.

Another report obtained from inside Iran pertains that the regime carried out a group execution of four prisoners in Meshgin Shahr, Ardebil, on January 11. Two of the executed inmates had been in prison for 11 years.

The regime is also preparing to execute Mehdi Ali Hosseini, a 29-year-old wrestler from Andimeshk, Khuzestan province. Hosseini has been in prison for five years.

The sentence comes while only months ago, the regime executed wrestling champion Navid Afkari, which caused a wave of global outrage and condemnations by human rights organizations.

In a statement, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), condemned the executions and wrote, “Terrified of the enraged public and popular uprisings, and to instill an atmosphere of terror, the criminal clerical regime has increasingly resorted to repression, execution, and torture.”

The NCRI called on the United Nations and human rights organizations to take urgent action to save the lives of death row prisoners, and to send an international inquiry team to visit Iran prisons and meet with prisoners.

At the same time, Iranian regime authorities are ratcheting up pressure against political prisoners.

On January 14, prisoners in Tehran’s Greater Prison’s Hall number 10 refused to eat the prisons food in protest to authorities inhuman measures in reducing food rations. According to reports from inside the prison, a total of four chickens were given as food for 52 prisoners. Food is very scarce in this prison and the prisoners are always hungry.

It is worth reminding that the prisoners in Hall 10 are mainly political prisoners arrested during the November 2019 protests.