Breathing in Confinement


76 Prisoners Executed in the Iranian Month of Mordad


Category: executions

Breathing in Confinement – During the Iranian month of Mordad (June – August), at least 76 people were executed in prisons and different cities of Iran.

According to the Center of Statistics of “Breathing in Confinement,” this figure includes at least seven public executions and 29 political executions.

The first public execution was done in Songhor on July 25, and the last one was carried out in Jahrom on August 21.

In the meantime the death penalties were carried out in the cities of Bandar Abbas, Kazeron, Saravan and Saveh in front of people’s eyes.

We also witnesses the largest mass execution of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience since the beginning of the 90s.

At least 25 Sunni prisoners in Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj were hanged.

From 36 political Sunni prisoners who were transferred from ward 10 under the strictest security conditions after the security forces’ attack, to the solitary confinement in Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, only 5 were returned to general ward and there is no information about the fate of other 11 prisoners yet.

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), has announced these executions as “an affront to the most basic human rights” and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called them “a horrible injustice”.

Human Rights Watch also said in a statement that the increasing number of executions in the country was “shameful”.

Only a week later, on August 9 the death sentence of Mohammed Abdullahi, a Kurdish political prisoner was executed in Orumieh Prison.

In the latest wave of political executions in this period of time, 3 Arabs named Qais Obeidavi, Ahmad Obeidavi and Sajad Belavi were executed on Wednesday August 17.

According to local human rights sources, the three men denied all charges in the court and had announced that their confessions were taken under severe tortures.

The news of execution of Shahram Amiri, a former nuclear scientist was announced to his family in an abrupt manner, on August 7. He had previously been sentenced to 10 years in prison and exile.