Human Rights
Wednesday July 26, 2017

Afghan testing freedom of religion

Stop Fundamentalism, March 27, 2006 – News from Afghan and international news agencies indicate the release of a man who converted from Islam to Christianity, 15 years ago, who was facing a death sentence issued by the state court in Afghanistan. 

Even after his release, the man, Abdul Rahman 41, father of two, is now condemned to leave his country and live in exile for the rest of his life.  To be free, apparently his lawyers had to claim for him to be unfit to stand trial due to mental illness.  Rahman has denied any mental issues.

The release is widely expected to end a trial that has caused international concern over freedom of religion in Afghanistan, but has also become a rallying point for Islamic hard-liners and fundamentalists.

Public Executions in South Iran

The Iranian regime publicly hanged two opponents, Ali Afravi and Mehdi Navaseri, Wednesday March 1, 2006, for alleged bombing in the southern city of Ahwaz.

A crowd consisting of members of the Revolutionary Guards and paramilitary Basij forces gathered at the scene of this public execution and chanted rhetoric against the US, UK, and the Israel, according to a report.  The trial of the two prisoners did not meet minimum international standards.

The two victims were brought on television the night before their execution to confess.  Their confessions, obviously dictated to them by regime officials, were ambiguous such as being in contact with Canada and United States.

Although not much is known about these two victims, from their TV interview it seems obvious that they were political activists or at least they were charged with such crimes.

Besides the above, there were many reports of executions and public executions in Iran.  The victims were all under the age of 30

Ruz, a state-run daily, reported that last month, the regime’s Judiciary issued more than 30 death sentences. 

Urgent Action to prevent mass execution of prisoners of conscience in Iran

Mass execution of poitical prisoners in IranIn the aftermath of the execution of a prominent political prisoner, Hojjat Zamani, the Iranian officials in Gohardasht prison have started rumors that political prisoners are planning to commit suicide. 

According to reports from internal sources, political prisoners in Gohardasht and Evin prisons are now in a hunger strike to protest the execution of Mr. Zamani.

Iranian dissident groups and organizations and the families of political prisoners have expressed fears that the ruling mullahs after referral to the UN Security Council by the International Atomic Energy Agency may execute all political prisoners. Jail official had warned the families of the prisoners in the past that incase of a referral; they would do such thing to take revenge because the Iranian opposition is the original whistle blower on this regime’s clandestine nuclear program.

Hojjat Zamani
Hojjat Zamani
To prevent this crime by the mullahs, some political prisoners have issued statements that they do not intend to commit suicide and incase of any incident; people should file lawsuit on their behalf with a relevant international authority.

In a joint statement, Mr. Assad Shaghaghi and Mr. Valiollah Feiz-Mahdavi, announced, “we are under extreme danger. During the past 24 hours, they have been telling us that we will kill ourselves with knives or cleaning substances.” The two political prisoners stressed, “we announce to the people of the world that we shall not in any case take any action to harm ourselves.  If anything happened to us, we ask the Iranian people and the international community, to follow suite against Gohardash warden, Haj Kazem and other responsible authorities. We leave this into the hands of the people.”

Iran to continue execution of minors

minor Execution
Iran to continue execution of minors
February 20, 2006, Tehran, Iran (Stop Fundamentalism) – A judge at Tehran’s Appellate Court announced on Saturday that the Islamic Republic would continue to issue death sentences for juvenile delinquents “without any consideration.”

“Execution sentences will be issued to minors without considering other options,” Ahmad Mozaffari told the state-run news agency ILNA after Iranian courts issued execution sentences to a 15 year old and a 16 year old.

One minor was sentenced to execution recently, despite the fact that examination by a government-appointed physician showed that he was suffering from a psychiatric disorder.

One teenage boy, only identified by his first name Mohammad, was originally sentenced by the Supreme Court to serve five years behind bars. An appellate court, however, raised his sentence to death by hanging.

New Government Fails to Address Human Rights

Amnesty International report on iranFebruary 17, 2006 (Stop Fundamentalism) - On February 16, Amnesty International released a new report about Iran under the new government of Ahmadinejad. In this report Amnesty expresses concerns that the standoff between Iran and the West may distract attention from this country’s human rights abuse record.

"The Iranian government should take concrete steps to improve the human rights situation in the country," said Amnesty International. "The current standoff regarding the country's nuclear program must not distract the government or the international community from addressing the country's long-standing human rights problems."

”Harassment, intimidation, attacks, detention, imprisonment and torture of activists and journalists has continued under the new government.”

Amnesty International

Before the referral of Iran’s nuclear case to the United Nations Security Council, government jail officials warned families of political prisoners that their loved ones will be executed if and when the file was sent to the Security Council. Iranian mullahs say that the whistle on their nuclear activities was blown by the Iranian opposition so they should take revenge by executing political prisoners.

Last week a longtime political prisoner, Hojjat Zamani, disappeared from a government jail. After a few days the families of Mr. Zamani were told that he had been executed.  Jail officials, after one week, still refuse to return his body to the family.

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