Iran’s record of executions, arbitrary killings, deaths in custody, and death sentences continued with multiple hangings in various prisons throughout the country. Three prisoners, which were detained in Lakan Prison in the town of Rasht, were hanged on drug related charges. One of the men had no prior record.
In Mashhad Prison, a 22-year-old man was hanged for stabbing a man in defense of his brother. Two other prisoners who had been charged with murder were hanged at the Tabriz Prison. Other prisoners, a total of seven, were executed at Rajaie Shahr Prison. Only three of the men were identified and these executions were not reported by state run media.
But before the executions are carried out, prisoners may suffer additional punishments. One prisoner in Shiraz’s Adel Abad Prison, who was charged with robbery and murder, had his hand amputated 10 days before he was executed on April 18.
These are just some of the killings that are occurring in Iran. Security forces recently attacked border porters, killing at least one and severely wounding several others. The security forces also fatally shot a young man in Baluchistan without prior warning. The young man was driving in his car with his cousin when the security forces opened fire. A bullet hit him in the head, killing him instantly. After determining that he had been killed, the security forces immediately left the scene.
Sentences are often arbitrary, and can include additional physical punishment along with a prison sentence. Five men, who were charged with robbing a store that sold gold, were sentenced to an overall 23 years in prison, 306 lashes, and confiscation of property. Two brothers, who had already been sentenced to death, were beaten and severely injured in the hands and feet, as well as having their noses broken. The beatings were handed out by the prison guards.
Theft is severely punished, but the increasing rise of theft could be a symptom of the bigger economic issues that continue to plague Iran. Unemployment remains persistently at 12%, despite lifting of sanctions and several international deals meant to bring foreign investments into the country.
The members of a robbery network, who robbed the house of a wealthy son of a businessman, were sentenced to prison, flogging, and the confiscation of property. All of them were sentenced to lashes, in addition to prison time, despite having different charges.
Once individuals begin serving their prison sentences, they have to deal with the poor prison conditions, where individuals lack basic care, including medical attention. One political prisoner, Zeinab Jalalian, is in danger of losing her eyesight due to an untreated eye disease, but prison officials have prevented her from receiving medical attention outside of prison. Another ailing prisoner received 20 days in solitary confinement for letting his foot come in contact with a guard while he was in a state of convulsion.
Arbitrary arrests continue for social violations and various charges. Many are taken to unknown locations, with their families not being informed of their charges or their whereabouts. Those who try to speak out against these human rights violations can suffer the consequences. The Telegram voice was deactivated by judicial order, according to sources from the Ministry of Intelligence. Another cleric called for a ban on all concerts in Iran. It could be seen as another attempt to limit large gatherings of the people for any reason.
The human rights violations are not limited to those protesting various actions by the regime. Religious and ethnic minorities are also being targeted. The Head of the Guardian Council even demanded that any religious minority candidates in local elections be disqualified from running in the upcoming election.
This is just a sampling of the issues in Iran, but the people of Iran continue to speak out against the regime and its power-grabbing actions.