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Chapter III of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran contains provisions related to the rights of the people.  In this Chapter, Article 22 states: “The dignity, life, property, rights, domicile, and occupations of people may not be violated, unless sanctioned by law.” However, the number of crimes punishable by death in Iran is among the highest in the world. Charges such as “adultery, incest, rape, sodomy, insulting the Prophet Mohammad and other great Prophets, possessing or selling illicit drugs, theft and alcohol consumption for the 4th time, premeditated murder, moharebeh (waging war against God), efsad-fil-arz (corruption on earth), baghy (armed rebellion), fraud and human trafficking” are capital offences.[1] Many of the charges punishable by death cannot be considered as “most serious crimes” and do not meet the ICCPR standards.[2] Murder, drug possession and trafficking, rape/sexual assault, moharebeh and efsad-fil-arz and baghy are the most common charges resulting

Iran | Criminal Sentences of Death, Flogging, and Imprisonment for Three Brothers for Participating in the Kazerun and Shiraz Uprisings

Maryam Rajavi calls for an urgent national and international action to stop the death sentence of Navid Afkari

The clerical regime’s judiciary has sentenced 3 brothers to death, imprisonment, and flogging for participating in the Kazerun and Shiraz uprisings.

Navid Afkari, a 27-year-old National wrestling champion was sentenced to 2 executions, in addition to 6 1/2 years in prison and 74 lashes. 

His brothers, Vahid Afkari, 35, and Habib Afkari, 29, were sentenced to 54.5 years in prison and 74 lashes, and 27 years and 3 months imprisonment and 74 lashes, respectively. They have been subjected to severe torture in prison since 2018.

The 3 brothers are accused of “membership in opposition groups,” “participation in dissident groups’ rallies and activities,” “writing slogans,” “propaganda activities” against the regime, “insulting the leader (Khamenei) and regime officials,” “encouraging people to revolt, rebellion, and to beat” regime agents, and engage in “Moharebeh” (waging war against God)”.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), called for urgent national and international action to stop the execution of Navid Afkari and called on all compatriots in Fars, especially the brave youth of Fars and Kazerun, to protest against these criminal rulings. 

She said: With these sentences, the ruling religious fascism is seeking to retaliate against the courageous residents of Kazerun and Shiraz for rising up in April, May and August 2018 as well as in November 2019, which shook the regime to its core.”

Mrs. Rajavi urged the United Nations to take immediate action to compel the regime to rescind all death sentences issued to intimidate the public and to thwart protests and uprisings by the outraged citizens. 

She also reiterated on the need for an international fact-finding mission to visit Iranian prisons and meet with prisoners, especially political prisoners, and detained protesters.

Source: NCRI, Staff, August 28, 2020


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