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Iran: Stop sentencing peaceable protesters to demise, UN consultants urge


“We urge Iranian authorities to cease utilizing the demise penalty as a instrument to squash protests and reiterate our name to instantly launch all protesters who’ve been arbitrarily disadvantaged of their liberty for the only cause of exercising their respectable rights to freedom of opinion and expression, affiliation and peaceable meeting and for his or her actions to advertise and shield human rights and basic freedoms by means of peaceable means”, they stated in a statement.  

Track file

In Tehran province, eight individuals have been charged by the Islamic Revolution Court on 29 October with crimes carrying the demise penalty, particularly “waging struggle towards God” or “moharebeh” and “corruption on earth”.

Two days later, the Tehran prosecutor introduced that some 1,000 indictments had been issued in reference to latest “riots” within the province and that public trials have been scheduled for quite a lot of individuals “within the coming days”.

In blatant violation of the separation of powers, on 6 November, 227 members of Parliament known as on the judiciary to behave decisively towards these arrested in the course of the protests and to hold out the demise penalty punishments.

“With the continual repression of protests, many extra indictments on costs carrying the demise penalty and demise sentences would possibly quickly be issued, and we worry that girls and ladies, who’ve been on the forefront of protests, and particularly girls human rights defenders, who’ve been arrested and jailed for demanding the tip of systemic and systematic discriminatory legal guidelines, insurance policies and practices is likely to be significantly focused”, they warned.

Rising suppression

On 13 September, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, was arrested by Iran’s morality police for allegedly failing to adjust to the State’s strict guidelines on girls’s gown, by sporting what authorities stated was “an improper hijab”. She died in police custody.

Demonstrators in Sweden name for justice after the demise of Masha Amini in custody of the “morality police” in Iran.

Since 16 September hundreds of peaceable protesters have been arrested, together with many ladies, kids, youth and no less than 51 journalists. Fourteen have been reportedly launched on bail, whereas 37 stay held – many in incommunicado detention.

“The crackdown on peaceable demonstrations has continued unabated, and the demise toll has risen to no less than 304 individuals, together with 24 girls and 41 kids. Baluchi and Kurdish minorities have continued to be disproportionately affected by the repression”, stated the consultants.

Under duress

Through grossly unfair abstract trials, the Islamic Revolutionary courts have been used for years to condemn political activists, journalists, legal professionals and human rights defenders, in line with the consultants.

The nation’s felony justice system depends closely on confessions extracted by means of torture and different types of coercion and duress to show guilt.

Since nationwide protests in November 2019, the demise penalty has been used broadly underneath unsubstantiated homicide or obscure nationwide safety costs towards people for collaborating in demonstrations.

In 2020, no less than two people have been executed following their participation in protests.

“We reiterate our name on the Human Rights Council to urgently take the mandatory actions to carry a Special Session on the state of affairs in Iran and to determine a world investigative mechanism, to make sure accountability in Iran and to finish the persistent impunity for grave human rights violations”, they said.

The consultants

Click here for the names of the consultants who participated on this assertion.

Special Rapporteurs and unbiased consultants are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a particular human rights theme or a rustic state of affairs. The positions are honorary and the consultants will not be paid for his or her work.

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