On Monday, as reported by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the European Union has extended sanctions against 82 officials of the Iranian regime. This comes in response to further “serious human rights violations”. The extended sanctions will run until April 13 2017 to include ‘frozen assets and travel bans’ and a ban on ‘exports of equipment that might be used for internal repression.’
Emerging the same day, the NCRI reported on the plight of eight prisoners at risk of imminent execution in Iran. The article states that the fundamentalist regime has transferred ‘eight death-row prisoners to solitary confinement’ in preparation for their imminent death.
The report lists the names of the men at the notorious Gohardasht Prison in Karaj, north-west of Tehran, as: Ebad Mohammadi, Javad Sadeqi, Mehdi Kaheh, Mostafa Ejlali, Mohammad-Javad Mozzafari, Hossein Moin-far, Mohammad Zarei, and Hamzeh Dowlatabadi.
The ‘imminent risk of execution’ of the 8 men follows commentary on the numbers of human rights violations by the regime under President Rouhani. The UN outlines that there have been ‘more than 2,300 executions during Rouhani’s tenure as president’. According to the UN, the president, who assumed office in 2013, ‘explicitly endorsed the executions as examples of “God’s commandments”.’
In a statement announced in March by the United Nations Special Rapporteur about the current situation of human rights, it’s written that ‘the number of executions in Iran was greater then any in the last 25 years.’
These two events further move the spotlight on the ongoing human rights violations in Iran. As poof that the situation is not improving, the human rights group Amnesty International highlighted this in its annual Death Penalty report. For the period of 2015 they write that Iran, for the Middle East and North Africa region, accounted for 82% of all executions recorded”. On top of that, the clerical regime has “put at least 977 people to death, compared to at least 743 the year before”.