On Tuesday 2 August a former thirty-one year Iranian political prisoner Farzad Madadzadeh, now living as political exile in Europe, has given an interview with The Media Express about his time as a prisoner in Gohardasht, a prison 20km North West of Tehran, where this afternoon it was confirmed the Iranian regime’s judiciary has executed dozens of Iranian Kurdish Sunni prisoners.
Reacting to this news the Iranian collation group NCRI (National Council of Resistance of Iran) switched from requesting urgent action to halt the executions, where it now reports that “their families had been informed to go to the prison before 15.00 (local time) on Tuesday to visit them for a final time.”
The event spiraled from the detention of the Sunni men from hall ten of Ward Four in Gohardasht on Monday afternoon when reports got out about repressive forces apprehending dozens of Sunni prisoners as their hands and feet were chained, mouths shut with tape and heads covered with plastic bags.
During Farzad Madadzadeh’s imprisonment in Ward Ten of the prison he spent in the open-air areas of the same prison, of which spaces were regularly and arbitrarily imposed with special conditions, and knew at least three of the men executed today as Shahram Ahmadi, Keyvan Vaysi and Kaveh Sharifi.
Since leaving Iran, Madadzadeh is able to continue awareness of issues including the imminent executions following social networks and news wires in and outside of Iran; so safe-guarding digital networks against censorship from Iran’s notorious government-funded cyber police remains a peripheral yet vital consideration.
The 17 year old brother of Shahram Ahmadi, one of the twenty-eight Sunni prisoners believed to have been executed this afternoon had been executed by the regime 2 years while still a child. And commenting on this, Madadzadeh says he read the boys letter in which he talks of the mental anguish and torture of being made to live through 45 days and nights, in a perceptual state of the threat of imminent execution.
Madadzadeh also commented that during the time he spent on Ward 4 of Gohardasht prison he saw many prisoners of adolescent age, the regime waiting until they reach adult age to execute them.
In terms of religious identity and quality too, the men here were of Kurdish Sunni descent, of which there is a well worn resistance in this north west region of Iran of an ongoing struggle for autonomy of religious freedom, language, expression and economy.
The chairman of the NCRI’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Mohammad Mohaddessin, has condemned the barbaric act and said “the mullahs’ regime is facing absolute social isolation and widespread abhorrence by the people and thus is resorting to increased executions to create a climate of fear and to prevent the possibility of a nationwide uprising.”
Furthermore the rapidity of the executions has given little time for the United Nations to intervene, now left with one option, to internationally reproach; but also to condemn the regime for the ongoing inhumane barbarity.
This is a developing story.