The death sentence of five prisoners charged with murder was carried out in Urmia and Rajai Shahr Central Prisons. One of the prisoners was hanged after he tried to commit suicide and was injured from his neck.
According to the Human Rights Center of No to prison, no to execution the death sentence of five prisoners was carried out in Urmia and Rajai Shahr Central Prisons at the dawn of Thursday, October 29. The prisoners were sentenced to death for murder. One of them named Morteza Heydari was returned to the ward after receiving the deadline of his sentence while another prisoner named Ali Maleki, was transferred to solitary confinement to serve his death sentence. Ali committed suicide before the execution by striking his neck with a sharp object. He was hanged with a bandaged neck while he was injured.
The Javanehha Website previously informed that 5 prisoners have been transferred to solitary confinements to serve their death sentences in Urmia and Rajai Shahr Central Prisons.
Rokna state-run News Agency stated that a prisoner was executed on Wednesday in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj. His name was Meysam and he was accused of premeditated murder. His death sentence was submitted by Branch 1 of the Criminal Court of Tehran Province and approved by the Supreme Court. Meysam was arrested on May 16, 2018 on charges of murder and has been in prison ever since then. The execution of the other 4 prisoners in Urmia Central Prison has not been announced by any of the state medias so far.
Thus, according to the Statistics Center of the Human Rights Center of No to prison, no to execution, at least 217 prisoners have been executed since the beginning of this year. However, the actual number is probably more than the number announced since many of the executions that take place in the medieval prisons of the Velayat-e-Faqih are not even recorded or announced at all and are carried out in secret.
Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
According to this article, no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Also, referring to Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the right to life is an inherent human right. This right must be protected by law. No person can be arbitrarily deprived of life.
Iran has the highest execution rate of its citizens in relation to its population.
According to news and statistics compiled and recorded by the Human Rights Center of No to prison, no to execution, at least 308 executions have been carried out between September 2019 and October 2020. Among this number of executions, eight were political prisoners and 16 were women. Click here to join our Telegram.
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