Human Rights
Friday August 18, 2017

Iran Continuing to Execute Minors

by Azita Carlson

Human rights organisation Amnesty International has urged Iranian authorities to halt the execution of a man who was convicted of his come as a minor. 

At the age of 17, Mehdi Bohlouli was arrested for murder after stabbing a man to death during a fight. The Tehran criminal court sentenced him to death in 2001. 

Amnesty International say that the execution is scheduled to take place on Wednesday and if it goes ahead, it will be the second time in a week that a person who was younger than 18 years old at the time of committing a crime has been executed in Iran.


Zohreh Heydari: A Symbol of the Iranian Resistance

During the summer of 1988, a 17 year old woman from the Iranian city of Qom was sentenced to 70 lashes which she received the night before her execution. Her name was Zohreh Heydari and she is a symbol of the courage of the members of the Iranian Resistance.

During the summer of 1988, the Supreme Leader of Iran ordered the execution of all members of the opposition. In this short period of time, more than 30,000 political prisoners were executed. This is an alarming crime against humanity that was perpetrated by Khomeini who wanted to annihilate his opponents in a quest for regime survival.


Khomeini Decreed Execution of MEK Affiliates in 1988 Massacre Says Iran's Former Intelligence Minister

State-affiliated Tarikh Online website interviewed Iran’s former Minister of Intelligence, Ali Fallahian, during which he acknowledged that Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa in the summer of 1988 calling for the annihilation of those people affiliated with People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI or MEK), the main opposition group of the Iranian regime. 

The interview was aired on July 9th, 2017 by the state-affiliated Aparat online video platform. It was more than two hours long. A partial translation of Fallahian’s comments regarding the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran folows.


Iran: Alarming Number of Executions This Month

The Iranian opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has reported that there have already been a large number of executions this month alone in Iran. 

Since the beginning of July there have been a minimum of 57 executions carried out in the country in a growing trend of mass executions. Some of the executions were carried out in public. This is clearly an attempt made by the weak regime to try to counter the overwhelming public discontent. It is also trying to use the threat of execution as a deterrent against further demonstrations and protests.


Water Crisis in Iran: Ultra Critical State Reached

The office of Ministry of Energy’s Water and Wastewater Planning acknowledged that water conditions in Iran have reached a level described as ultra critical.

Hedayat Fahmi of Iran’s Energy Ministry explained, “If a country uses up to 40 percent of its renewable water resources, it’s considered to be in an acceptable state, but if the figure reaches 40-60 percent, then the country is faced with a water crisis. If, however, renewable water usage is between 60-80 percent, the country is in a critical water condition. A renewable water usage of more than 80 percent shows an ultra critical state, so that we could say that Iran with its 88 percent of renewable water usage is now in such a state.”


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