“Medieval” – Iran: Man executed in front of large crowd


In Iran, a man was hanged in broad daylight in front of a large crowd, human rights activists report. They accused the Iranian government of “medieval practices”.

The execution of the man convicted of the capital crime of “corruption on earth” took place in the town of Maragha in East Azerbaijan province, the Norway-based organization Iran Human Rights (IHR) said Thursday.

noose around the neck
Photos on Iranian news portals show a gathering of what appears to be hundreds of people watching the execution behind a security barrier. The man is also depicted with the noose around his neck. The convict was arrested about five years ago and subsequently found guilty of crimes related to his relationships with women. It is not known what exactly the alleged crimes consisted of.

“The international community should not condone such medieval practices,” said IHL director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam. The execution shows the “true colors of a government that ensures its survival with cruelty, humiliation and intimidation of society”.

Only in China were more people executed
More people are executed each year in Iran than in any other country in the world except China, according to human rights groups. However, public executions are rare, with most taking place in prisons. The only two public executions in 2022 took place at dawn with almost no audience.

harassment of society
Recently, the number of executions in Iran has increased. Human rights activists see this as a measure to intimidate society after anti-government protests began in late 2022. The protests were sparked by the death of young Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in the custody of the vice squad. She was arrested for allegedly violating the strict Islamic headscarf rule.

According to the human rights organization Amnesty International, seven men have already been hanged in cases related to the protests and seven others are threatened with the same fate. According to IHR, 278 people have been executed in Iran since the beginning of this year.

Source: Krone


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