The United Nations human rights committee on November 19th approved yet another resolution, the 62nd in fact, condemning the ayatollahs in Iran and expressing deep concern over the regime’s rights violations. In response Iran executed 17 prisoners in the span of just 5 days, making a mockery of the seventy six countries who scolded the regime and voted in support, the United States included, of the resolution drafted by Canada.
Iran immediate reaction to the resolution was through its deputy ambassador addressing the committee and describing the resolution as “a selective and politicized distortion of facts”. These remarks paved the path for the entire world to understand how Tehran would treat this world body’s resolution, as the text cites an investigation conducted by Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, warning executions have been escalating at “an exponential rate” since 2005 and has the possibility of even topping the 1,000 mark this year under the watch of the so-called moderate regime president Hassan Rouhani.
The Iranian opposition and Amnesty International have made an urgent call to save the life of Mr. Salar Shadi Zadi, a death row prisoner scheduled to be executed on November 28th. The young man was only 15 at the time of his alleged crime. This represents only one case of the ayatollahs in Iran daily resort to such barbaric measures and medieval savagery. It is also worth noting that Zadi has already endured 9 years behind bars.
A shocking statistic is provided by Amnesty International, reporting Iran has sent 72 prisoners under the age of 18 to the gallows during the past decade alone.
The Iranian people have dubbed the ruling ayatollahs as the “Godfather of ISIS”, and rightly so as they executed 17 prisoners in the span of just five days. Six of these individuals were only aged 20 to 25.
The city of Mayamei in Semnan Province of Iran was the scene of a 20-year-old man being executed on Wednesday, November 25th. Despite the fact that urgent calls were made by international organizations, Alireza Shahi, 25, was hanged on November 24th along with four other prisoner. Shahi had been behind bars for 7 years ever since he was 18.
Five prisoners were executed in the early morning hours of November 24 in the notorious Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran. The identities of these men are: Alireza Shahi, Saeed Najafi, Farshad Haghi, Mohammad Bigi and Mohammad Polombe.
Three young men were also hanged on November 21st in Zahedan Central Prison, southwest Iran. Mojtaba Lak-Zehi, 22, was merely 17 at the time of his alleged crime. Executed alongside Hassan Dori Moghadam, 20, they were both members of Iran’s ethnic Baluchi minority community that has long been oppressed by the ayatollahs. Nazir Ahmad Rigi, a 24-year-old Afghan national, was the third individual executed in Zahedan.
The central prison of Zabol, a city close to Zahedan, was the site of the execution of 25-year old Mehdi Budine on November 21st.
In an attempt to cement a climate of fear across Iran, the ayatollahs, terrified of a repeat of massive uprisings similar to 2009, are now resorting to an alarming rate of executions, and even such cases in public. If the regime executes an average of more than three individuals a day after a UN resolution condemning its rights dossier, rest assured Tehran will not be a productive partner in the fight against ISIS in Syria or Iraq, will continue its lethal interference in the region and ultimately renege on its nuclear obligations.
So much for those who argued Iran will definitely reform after the nuclear agreement. If the international community fails to take decisive action on Iran’s human rights dossier, we will unfortunately witness more innocent lives lost and the ayatollahs left emboldened to carry out further atrocities.
Heshmat Alavi is a political activist and supporter for regime change in Iran. He writes on Iran and the Middle East.
He tweets at @HeshmatAlavi