Mr. Ahmad Shahid, United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran
On Friday, December 5th, Mohammad Javad Larijani – the secretary of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights – announced: “We are trying to change execution laws related to drug charges”.
As you are aware, hundreds of (one estimate claims approximately 3000) inmates in Islamic Republic of Iran’s prisons have been sentenced to death, charged with possession, purchase or selling drugs.
This is a significant number and in reality, many families are faced with numerous financial and emotional difficulties and most importantly, are faced with the danger of execution of their loved ones.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is holding a large group of defenseless men and women in prisons so that whenever the need arises, they can send a few or in some cases tens of them to firing squads, to boast against them and the unsatisfied people of Iran in their media and thus, create an atmosphere of fear and terror.
For your information, on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, seven prisoners were executed in Mashhad’s Vakil-Abad prison. On the preceding Tuesday, seventeen prisoners were executed by hanging, charged with possession or selling of drugs. This included 3 men and 1 woman in central prison of Urumieh, 3 inmates in central prison of Bandar Abbas and 11 in Karaj’s Ghezel Hessar prison. Not even one day goes by without receiving the news of execution of a few individuals for drug charges. More than often, the Regime commits these crimes with utmost righteousness, and as seemingly told by the same Mohammad Javad Ameli Larijani: “Others, including the Western governments should be thankful to them.”
Death row inmates accused of drug charges have no chance to escape this barbaric punishment, as in their case – in contrast to those charged with murder – there are no private plaintiffs to pardon them. Moreover, their families do not initiate any open campaigns, in order to prevent public scandals. These young men and women are often quietly murdered in groups.
Their private plaintiff is the murderous Islamic Regime!
Now that Mohammad Javad Larijani who is one of the three brothers ruling Iran (one brother is the head of Legislative Force and another is the head of Judiciary Force), has announced the Regime’s readiness to revisit this law, the United Nations, the European Union and all international entities should press the Islamic Republic to immediately abolish the barbaric law of execution due to drug charges.
International Committee Against Execution