Tuesday, 21 March, 2023

Execution Of 2 Prisoners In Birjand And Sanandaj


Human Rights in Iran – Wednesday, February 22, 2023 – The death sentences of two prisoners charged with murder and narcotics were carried out in Sanandaj and Birjand prisons.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, at dawn on Monday, February 20 (2023), Moslem Moradi, a prisoner accused of murder and convict- ed to  retaliation (Qisas), was executed at Sanandaj Central Prison.

“Moslem Moradi, from Divandareh County, a district of Kurdistan Province, had been arrested and sentenced to death after committing one count of murder”, according to IHR Organization.

The Haalvsh website also announced in a news release that on Monday, February 20 (2023), Davood Rekjan (Haj Nabi Kharkohi), born in 1978, married with children, from jam-e-jam neighborhood in Zahedan, a prisoner charged with drug-related offenses and imprisoned at Birjand County Prison, in South Khorasan Province, was executed.

“Davood Rekjan was arrested in Birjand in 2010 on charges of drug possession and was sentenced to death and life imprisonment, which was carried out at dawn today (Monday)”, according to an informed source.

After the appointment of Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ezhe’ei as the head of the judiciary and his claim to speed up the execution of old cases and as a result the execution 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, protested the increasing trend of issuing and carrying out death sentences in Iran in his periodic report on human rights violations in Iran.

Due to the lack of 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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