Tag: Iran executions

Since grabbing power in 1979, the Islamic Republic of has carried out Iran executions, killed and tortured thousands of political dissidents and ordinary Iranians who dared challenge its rule.

20th century
Iran Executions of Iranian Kurds
Hundreds of Iranian Kurds were executed in 1981 on the direct command of Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder and Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Most Iran executions were carried out in public after the victims were asked a few questions without the possibility to defend themselves.

Iran’s “hanging judge”, Sadegh Khalkhali was responsible for the Iran executions of more than 8,000 men and women including Iranian Kurds.

“If my victims were to come back on earth, I would execute them again, without exceptions,” he said in an interview with the French Le Figaro newspaper.

Iran Executions of political prisoners
From 1982 to 1986, more than 11,000 political prisoners and prisoners of conscience were killed by the firing squad or under torture in Iranian prisons.

In the summer of 1988, the Iranian regime summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by Khomeini. Those responsible for the 1988 massacre still hold positions of power in the regime.

Ayatollah Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor called the 1988 massacre “the biggest crime in the Islamic Republic for which history will condemn us.”

The “butcher of Evin Prison”, Warden Assadollah Lajevardi, was notorious for torturing and systematically raping political prisoners in the early 80’s to force them to “repent”. He is said to have loved Evin Prison so much, that he lived there with his family.

Iran Executions of religious minorities
Since the inception of the Islamic Republic in 1979, at least 202 Bahai’is have been executed for their beliefs including 18 year old Mona Mahmoudnizhad, who was hanged in Shiraz along with nine other women in 1983.

21st century
Iran Executions of political prisoners
The Iranian regime has executed hundreds of political prisoners most notably:

Shirin Alam Holi, 29, was hanged in May 2010 along with four other political prisoners, convicted based on forced confession under torture. She was hanged without her family or her lawyer’s knowledge.

Ali Saremi, who spent 32 years of his life in the prisons of the Shah and the Islamic Republic, was sentenced to “enmity with God” for ties with the PMOI and was executed in Evin Prison in December 2010.

Zaniar Moradi, Loghman Moradi and Ramin Hossein Panahi, were three Kurd men who were hanged in September 2018. Their trials were “grossly unfair” marred by “serious torture allegations”.

Iran Executions
Iran holds the record in the number of executions in the world per capita and is known for executing minor offenders. Under the current Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, more than 3,600 prisoners, including 86 women, were hanged.