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Tuesday, 27 September, 2022

A Prisoner Executed In Gonbad-e Kavus City

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Human Rights in Iran – Thursday, September 8, 2022 – The death sentence of a prisoner accused of murder was carried out in the prison of Gonbad-e Kavus.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, at dawn on Thursday, September 8, 2022, Ghafoor Nejatpour, born in 2000, a prisoner accused of murder and incarcerated in the prison of Gonbad-e Kavus city, located in Golestan Province, was executed.

In a conversation with the reporter of Human Rights in Iran, a source close to the family of this prisoner, said: “Ghafoor had killed a person a few years ago following a street conflict, and after the victim’s family filed a complaint, Ghafoor was arrested. After going through the proceedings, he was sentenced to death.”

“Many efforts were made to gain the consent of the victim’s family even until the implementation of the sentence, but according to their request for execution, this sentence was enforced.”, this well-informed source added.

After the appointment of Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ezhe’ei as the head of the judiciary and his claim to speed up the enforcement of old cases and as a result the implementation of death sentences with the aim of reducing the country’s criminal crimes, this process lead to the protest of Amnesty International by publishing a report on 27th June, 2022,explaining the situation of the implementation of death sentences in the first 6 months of 2022 in Iran.

Also, on August 23, 2022, Javaid Rehman, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, in his periodic report on cases of human rights violations in Iran, protested the increasing process of issuing and executing death sentences in Iran.

Due to the non-transparency of the Iranian authorities, it is difficult to find out the actual number of executions in this country, and the number is certainly much higher than the announced figure.

Issuing and executing death sentences violates international human rights documents, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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