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Iran: 20 Executions in One Day; 57 Executions Since the Start of 2017

Public hanging in Bektash, Iran on January 16, 2017
Public hanging in Bektash, Iran on January 16, 2017
Iranian Resistance's President-elect Maryam Rajavi called on the UN Security Council and other relevant international authorities to condemn the wave of executions.

The religious fascism ruling Iran has kicked off the New Year with merciless executions en masse.

The execution of at least 57 prisoners, mostly youths, has been registered in Iran since the beginning of 2017. Twenty of the victims were hanged on Saturday, January 14, 2017, in Gohardasht Prison, the Central Prison of Karaj, the Lakan Prison of Rasht, and the Dizelabad Prison of Kermanshah.

Four prisoners were executed in Vakilabad Prison of Mashhad on January 17, 2017. Another prisoner was hanged in public in the city of Miandoab, and at least two prisoners were executed in Dastgerd Prison of Isfahan on January 16, 2017.

On January 15, two young men, 20 and 23, were hanged in the Prison of Kerman. Arman Bahrasmani who was executed in Kerman was only 16 at the time of arrest. Two other prisoners were executed on the same day in the Central Prison of Qazvin.

Three prisoners in Qazvin and another prisoner in Hamedan were executed on January 12, 2017, and a 21-year-old prisoner was hanged on January 11, 2017, in the Prison of Sari.

The Iranian Resistance's President-elect Maryam Rajavi called on the UN Security Council and other relevant international authorities to condemn the wave of executions by the mullahs' inhuman regime and refer the dossier of the regime's flagrant and systematic violations of human rights to the UNSC.

Mrs. Rajavi added, "The crimes of the religious fascist regime ruling Iran including the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988 as well as the torture of political prisoners and the mass executions carried out on a daily basis in Iran, are examples of crimes against humanity and those responsible for these crimes must be brought to justice. The International Community's silence and inaction on such crimes against humanity have led to the continuation of executions and killings of prisoners over the past two decades."

Mrs. Rajavi called on the courageous youths of Iran to stage protests against the regime's repressive measures and mass executions, and support the families of execution victims. She said, "With such medieval savageries, the clerical regime seeks to prevent the revolt of the people who are fed up with poverty and unemployment, and the repressive regime's oppression and corruption. These crimes, however, will only fuel social fury and discontent and further accelerate the regime's movement towards its ultimate downfall.

Source: NCRI, January 17, 2017

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