Ex­e­cu­tions Con­tinue in Iran

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Fol­low­ing the elec­tion of Has­san Rouhani as pres­i­dent, sev­eral prom­i­nent po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers in­clud­ing lawyers, jour­nal­ists and ac­tivists have been freed as part of a charm of­fen­sive to­wards the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity aimed at end­ing Iran’s iso­la­tion and eas­ing sanc­tions im­posed by the west to curb its nu­clear pro­gram.

Rouhani’s style marks a de­par­ture from the hard-line ap­proach of for­mer pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ah­madine­jad, but Kur­dish ac­tivists ques­tion whether there is any sub­stance to his mes­sage.

A drop in the num­ber of ex­e­cu­tions in Iran in 2012, com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year, sparked hope that the Ira­nian au­thor­i­ties were mak­ing an ef­fort not to re­sort so of­ten to the death penalty. But 2013 has again seen a sharp rise in the num­ber of ex­e­cu­tions in Iran.

The Ira­nian au­thor­i­ties have of­fi­cially ac­knowl­edged 304 ex­e­cu­tions dur­ing 2013 but re­li­able sources have re­ported at least 234 ad­di­tional un­ac­knowl­edged ex­e­cu­tions dur­ing the year. Un­der Rouhani’s rul­ing, 224 peo­ple have been ex­e­cuted so far and dur­ing only one week 37 peo­ple who were mostly Kurds, have been put to death.

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