Against Executions in Iran
Secretary General of United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon
We are writing to draw your attention to the drastic situation of political prisoners in Iran. Recently five activists of the post-electoral protesters have been sentenced to death. Their execution is regrettably scheduled to take place soon.
With all due respect, we expect you to call on the Iranian authorities to commute these death sentences.
Among these five activists; Mr. Mohammad Ali Zamani received his death verdict on Oct. 8. He is among hundreds of detainees who on June 12th were brought collectively before Tehranís Revolutionary Court. In reality, Mr. Zamani was arrested before the presidential election in relation to his membership in a monarchist circle. He was in prison during both election and post-electoral riots in Iran. However, he is sentenced to death penalty convicted of taking part in the post-electoral protests.
Other four prisoners waiting for their execution are Mrs. Arash Rahmanpour, Hamed Rouhaninejad, and Davoud Faricheh mirardebili. They are convicted for being members of the monarchist circle. The fifth prisoner, Nasser Abdolhosseini, awaiting execution, is sentenced to death for his connection with the Peopleís Mojahedin Organization. The accused were forced to confess against themselves by repeating a prefabricated read-out of judicial authorities.
Reports say that these scheduled executions can prelude wide-ranging executions of political prisoners. The IRI, during its political life, has always committed such crimes, of which the 1988 massacre of political prisoners is one example.
Human rights violations have a long historical background in Iran. These have now turned to be more critical after the June election which rigged process was protested by Iranians. Arrested protesters were forced by the courts, which contradict most basic human rights principle, to confess in collective process. Although, such confessions have no judicial weigh, the above mentioned people are supposed to be executed
The Iranian regime largely uses methods of torture, rape, psychological torture like drug and torture of a person close to the accused, in order to crack down prisonersí resistance. Human rights violations in Iran are largely documented, i.e. Mr. Nowak, UN anti torture investigator, in his report refers to many cases of torture and mistreatment toward political prisoners in Iran.
Regarding the non-neutral character of Iranian judiciary, we, solicit you Mr. General Secretary of the UN, for an immediate intervention by pressuring the Iranian authorities for a stay of these scheduled executions. Mr. General Secretary, one cannot expect that the Iranian people exhaust the local remedies by canceling of these death sentences given the non-neutral character of Iranian judiciary.
Please express concern about these planned executions by reminding the Iranian authorities that Iran is a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
Also, we believe that the current nuclear issues should not overshadow the human rights catastrophes in Iran.
We expect you to use all necessary means that could prevent the regime from criminal execution of freedom fighters. Therefore, your institution is widely expected to send a Committee of the Human Rights to control the situation in Iran.
Copy: The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay
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