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Execution of Gholamreza Khosravi means Iran’s authorities are still ready to execute prisoners of conscience

June 11, 2014
Prisoner of conscience Hamed Ahmadi

Sunni prisoner of conscience on death row, Hamed Ahmadi

Persian2English – The execution of Gholamreza Khosravi showed that the Judicial and Intelligence Ministry authorities in Iran are still ready to execute prisoners of conscience. There is currently great concern for [approximately] 33 Sunni prisoners of conscience held in Rajai Shahr, Ghezel Hesar and Sanandaj prisons. Particularly, in the wake of ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant)’s recent seizure of an Iraqi city, and the fear of support from the Sunni population for ISIS, the security organizations in Iran may use the execution of these inmates to instigate fear in Sunni-populated areas.

Sunni Prisoner of Conscience on death row, Kamal Molayi

Sunni prisoner of conscience on death row, Kamal Molayi

These 33 individuals claim they have not engaged in any violent acts and do not deserve the death penalty. Their only request from authorities is that a fair and public trial be held, so that if they have indeed committed any crime, it becomes apparent.

The death sentences for Hamed Ahmadi, Kamal Molayi, Jamshid Dehghani, Jahangir Dehghani, and Abdolrahman Sangani have been confirmed by the Supreme Court. These prisoners of conscience are in high risk of execution, they may be executed at any moment.

Sunni Prisoner of Conscience on death row, Jamshid Dehghani

Sunni prisoner of conscience on death row, Jamshid Dehghani

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Sunni Prisoner of conscience on death row, Jahangir Dehghani

Sunni prisoner of conscience on death row, Jahangir Dehghani

Persian report by Behrouz Javid Tehrani
English translation by Siavosh Jalili

Editor’ note: An extended list of the names of Sunni prisoners of conscience on death row in Iran here.  Furthermore, in 2013 the six prisoners of conscience named in this report had launched a long hunger strike in protest to their unfair trial that resulted in their death sentences. The Sunni prisoners of conscience are also Kurdish, an ethnic minority group in Iran that authorities in Iran heavily discriminate against.

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