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    On Friday, February 20th the Afshari family was informed that these two political prisoners, Ali Afshari and Habibollah Afshari were hanged on Thursday morning.

    ICAE News Agency: Within the past two days, six political prisoners who were on death row were transferred to an unknown location and the news of execution of two of them was confirmed this morning.

    The agents of the Ministry of Information instructed the Afshari family to conduct the memorial services quietly so that it does not attract any attention.

    This is happening while there is no news of Saman Nasim’s conditions. In conversation with ICAE News Agency, the attorney and family of Saman Nasim announced that they still have no knowledge of his conditions. There is unconfirmed news that saman Nasim has been executed.

    It should be mentioned that there is also no news of the conditions of three other prisoners, named Younes Aghayat, Sirvan Najavi and Ebrahim Shapoori who on Wednesday February 18th were transferred to an unknown location together with Saman Nasim, Ali Afshari and Habib Afshari.

    Born in 1980, Ali Afshari and his brother Habibollah Afshari who was born in 1987 were from the village of Googajloo Habilbeh, outside the city of Mahabad. They were arrested in early 2011, by the Revolutionary Guards and the agents of the Ministry of Information in the cities of Bookan and Mahabad.

    After 75 days of continuous interrogations and physical and psychological tortures at the Ministry of Information’s detention centers in Mahabad and Urumiyyeh, they were first transferred to the Central Prioson of Urumiyyeh and in December of the same years, were sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court of Mahabad. Their charges were combatting through propaganda activities and membership in Koomeleh (an anti-government Kurdish party). Their sentence was upheld by branch 32 of the Supreme Court in August 2012.

    Saman Nasim was arrested at age 17, on July 15, 2011. Charged with combatting the Regime, he was sentenced to death at branch 1 of Mahabad’s Revolutionary Court. His sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court.

     

    Saman Nasim was born in September of 1994 in the City of Marivan from the Province of Kurdistan. Only 17 years old, he was detained on July 17, 2011 during clashes between the Revolutionary Guards and a number of people from the Kurdish Pejak Party (a group against the Regime), near Sardasht border. For two months he was held in solitary confinement at the Ministry of Information’s detention center in Mahabad. After interrogations and tortures he was later transferred to Mahabad Prison

    Later, he was sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court of Mahabad charged with combatting the Regime through membership in “Free Life of Kurdistan” Party (Pejak). In December 2013, his sentence was upheld by the appeals court of Western Azarbaijan Province and branch 32 of the Supreme Court.

    Secretariat of the International Committee Against Execution

     

     

     

     

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      The campaign to defend civil and political prisoners in Iran has announced that Saman Nasim has been executed in Urmia prison on Thursday morning, Feb.20, 2015.

      None of the Iranian authorities or Iranian official media have been officially confirmed or announced Nasim’s execution, though.It is when they have not deny it as well.

      There are several non-confirmed announcements from different sources that support both sides of story.

      In an interview that Hesam Yousefi had with Nasim’s sister, Nasrin Nasim, on Friday Feb21 at 3 pm Tehran time, she said,” We are not sure if Saman has been executed”.

      She added, “If the government have executed my brother, why haven’t they announce it yet, also why they have not release his body to us. If he is not executed, why they don’t let us visit him in the prison. Or at least why they don’t allowed my parents to talk to him over the phone, so that we could be sure for his safety.”

      She continues:” if he still is alive we have to do our best to save him, because he was only seventeen when he was arrested, and he did not committed any crime. Therefore, he should not be executed. If he has been already executed we have every right to get the news from the authorities as soon as possible and they have to return his body to our family.”

      According to Mina Ahadi, the spoke person of the International committee against execution, the regime of Iran is keeping us in limbo by not announcing any confirmed news about Nasim’s statues. She also mentioned that we had to put pressure on the Iranian Judicial Authorities to officially release confirmed news about Saman Nasim’ situation.

      International committee against execution

      Feb.20, 2015.

       

       

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        we are very worry for Saman Nasim’s life, a political prisoners convicted to execution in Iran. Nasim was 17 years old that he was arrested and is now 22 years old of age. He possibly is to be executed tomorrow The Thursday 19 Feb 2015 in the prison of Uremia. The worldwide campaign to save Saman Nasim is currently active. Medias and different human rights institutions like the Amnesty International have protested to this brutal and savagery act. Despite of all that the Islamic regime in Iran has announced that they would execute him on the Thursday tomorrow very early morning. We are asking you, in this last moments the day of Wednesday Feb 18, to contact with Islamic Regime authorities or any way you know of to help to prevent Saman’s execution.
        Respectfully Yours,
        Representative of International Committee against Execution
        Hormoz Raha

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          Saturday, December 20 protests in support of the demands of Uremia political prisoners everywhere

          Rise up and let Political prisoners voice reach everywhere

          27 political prisoners on hunger strike in prison of Uremia, Iran, and the government’s indifference to their demands.

          International Committee Against Executions invites the public on Saturday 20 Dec  in city centers and the embassies of the Islamic Republic of Iran  in defense of political prisoners Uremia to reach their voice and demands world wide! Our cry should expose brutal crime of Islamic Regime of Iran!

          Secretariat of the International Committee Against Executions
          December 16, 2013

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            The Iranian authorities’ threat to expedite the execution of 10 men on death row in retaliation for going on hunger strike is deplorable, said Amnesty International as it called for the death sentences to be commuted immediately.

            One of the 10, Saman Naseem, was sentenced to death in 2013 for engaging in armed activities against the state after he allegedly participated in a gun battle while he was a child during which a member of the Iran’s Revolutionary Guards was killed. The 10 men are among 24 prisoners from Iran’s Kurdish minority who have been on hunger strike since 20 November 2014 in protest at the conditions of Ward 12 of Oroumieh Central Prison, West Azerbaijan Province, where political prisoners are held.

            “It is truly deplorable that the Iranian authorities are playing games with the lives of these men in such a manner. Resorting to death threats and other punitive measures to quell prisoners’ hunger strikes only serves to underscore how rotten Iran’s criminal justice system is,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

            “Saman Naseem was a child at the time of his alleged offence. He says he has been tortured in detention and forced to “confess”. Now, the authorities are effectively blackmailing him with the prospect of death. Executing him would be a flagrant violation of international law. His sentence must be commuted immediately.”

            Amnesty International is calling for Saman Naseem’s case to be re-examined fairly without recourse to the death penalty or relying on torture-tainted evidence, and taking into account provisions of Iran’s revised Penal Code that exclude the use of the death penalty for juvenile offenders in certain situations.

            Saman Naseem was arrested on 17 July 2011 when he was just 17 years old. He was held for two months at a Ministry of Intelligence detention centre in Oroumieh, West Azarbaijan Province. While there, he said he was tortured by interrogators who pulled out his fingernails and toenails, and beat him leaving bruises on his back, legs and abdomen. He also said he was forced to sign a written “confession” while blindfolded.

            On 14 December, Saman Naseem was transferred to a prison clinic suffering from low blood pressure and physical weakness, but he refused to break his hunger strike. He was returned to Ward 12 the same day.

            Prisoners in Ward 12 at Oroumieh Central Prison went on hunger strike to protest against a decision to transfer 40 prisoners convicted of serious crimes, such as murder and armed robbery, to their ward leading to a deterioration in their security.

            In addition to execution threats, the prison authorities have also reportedly subjected those on hunger strike to beatings and other punitive practices and threatened them with transfer to remote prisons in the south of the country, so as to force them to end their hunger strike.

            The prisoners, who are all members of Iran’s Kurdish minority, say that they will continue their hunger strike until the authorities put an end to the abuse of prisoners. The hunger strikers who are not on death row are serving prison sentences ranging from six months to 34 years.

            “The death penalty is a cruel and inhuman punishment under any circumstances. Instead of dealing out threats of execution against these prisoners the authorities must commute their death sentences and ensure they are treated humanely,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.

            Background 

            Saman Naseem was sentenced to death on charges of “enmity against God” (moharebeh) and “corruption on earth” (ifsad fil-arz) for allegedly carrying out armed activities against Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

            He was first sentenced to death in January 2012 by the Revolutionary Court of Mahabad but the sentence was overturned by Branch 32 of the Supreme Court in August that year for lack of jurisdiction by the Revolutionary Court and because Saman Naseem was under 18 at the time of the alleged offence. His case was reverted to Branch 2 of the Criminal Court of West Azerbaijan Province for re-trial.

            In April 2013 he was sentenced to death again by Branch 2 of the Criminal Court of West Azerbaijan Province. The judgement made no mention of the issue that Saman Naseem was under 18 at the time of the alleged the crime. Branch 32 of the Supreme Court subsequently upheld his death sentence in December 2013. He could be executed at any time as his death sentence has been sent to the Office of the Implementation of Sentences.

            Under Iran’s revised Islamic Penal Code, passed into law in May 2013, the execution of offenders under the age of 18 is allowed under qesas (retribution-in-kind) and hodoud crimes under Islamic law, unless the juvenile offender is found to have not understood the nature of the crime or its consequences, or if there are doubts about their mental capacity.

            In 2014, Amnesty International received reports of the execution of at least 14 individuals for crimes allegedly committed while they were under 18 years of age. The use of the death penalty against juvenile offenders is strictly prohibited under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of a Child, which Iran is a party to.

            The names of the other nine prisoners on death row are, in alphabetical order: Ali Afshari, Habib Afshari, Behrouz Alkhani, Mohammad Abdollahi, Sayed Sami Hosseini, Sayed Jamal Mohammadi, Sirvan Nejavi, Ebrahim Rezapour, Ali Ahmad Soleiman.

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              Saman Nassim is being held in ward 12 of Urumieh (Darya) prison. In protest to inhumane conduct of the prison officials, he has started a hunger strike together with 26 other political prisoners. Charged with armed altercation and murder of a member of the Iranaian Revolutionary Guard, he was sentenced to death at age 17. His execution order has since been confirmed by Iran’s Supreme Court. Saman Nassim has denied the charges and has claimed that he merely made shots in the air.

              After 25 days of this group’s hunger strike in ward 12 of Urumieh prison, Saman’s physical condition severely deteriorated and he was transferred to the prison hospital while unconscious. At the hospital, he refused to receive food intravenously, but with utmost cruelty and shamelessness, the prison officials threatened to execute him if he did not end his hunger strike. In these conditions, Saman announced: “I will not end my hunger strike until our demands are realized, even if I am killed.”

              The protesting prisoners are all in severe physical conditions and the prison officials are not addressing any of their demands. Instead with utmost cruelty, the Islamic regime threatens them to exile, torture and execution. These are prisoners who for several years have been tortured, humiliated, insulted and have been waiting to be executed. The ruling ISIS (Islamic State) of Iran has created the worst possible conditions for political prisoners, holding these prisoners in different wards with other inmates, and treating them in the most horrendous way.

              This is the nature of the Islamic Republic and its rulers who talk about improvement of human rights in Iran in international media, and shamelessly announce that there are no political prisoners in Iran. In many cities, the Islamic Republic makes arrests and tortures on a daily basis, creates fictitious cases for those arrested with charges like “combating god” and “corruption on earth”, …. And executes!

              The flagrant crimes of the Islamic Republic have to be widely protested. The International Committee Against Execution asks international communities, human rights entities, organizations against capital punishment and all the people in the world to support Saman Nassim and other political prisoners in ward 12 of Urumieh prison, and to show serious reaction in support of these prisoners and particularly Saman Nassim who was under the age of 18 when he was sentenced to death.

              The Secretariat of the International Committee Against Execution

              December 14, 2014

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                October 4, 2014

                These days I am like a mad dog that merely counts its own barks,

                bites its own paws,

                and longs for the screeching noise of a car’s brake,(1)

                longs for the screeching noise of a car’s brake

                Yes!

                Longs for the screeching noise of a car’s brake! I say this because I have experienced it.

                How much longer can one take this?? One more day, two more? Once, twice? How much longer?!!

                Everyday after they count the number of prisoners, he closes his eyes and thinks that the loud speaker will be turned on as soon as he is about to fall asleep, and will announce the list of those who will be transferred (no, rather exiled) to Rajai-Shahr to endure imprisonment among murderers, smugglers and… But no, it is not so easy as you may think! I wish exile, cohabitation of political prisoners with a group of dangerous bandits and prison visit hardships were the only adversities!

                Click Click… (the sound of the loudspeaker turning on), and they announce on the pager: Mr. Soheil Arabi must report to the gate of the prison hall for his sentence to be carried out (2).

                The time has finally come! As he climbs down the bed, he presses his daughter’s picture on his chest and remembers happier days. He is filled with regret and worries, worries about his wife and daughter’s future. A daughter who is sensitive and an introvert like him and has already been damaged, let alone having to face ….

                He puts on his clothes and prefers to leave without saying farewell.

                He is not in the mood to hear the stereotypical consolations, such as: Don’t worry, Soheil, they are probably just going to whip you. Yes, hopefully they are going to inform you that your death sentence has been repealed. They will just beat you and then you will only have to serve your one year sentence for “propagation against the regime”, or,

                • Where in the world do they execute people for writing articles and criticism?
                • My dear brother Soheil, Be strong and don’t have any sorrows. I will take care of Rojan and your family!
                • My dear school buddy, your are with me and my comrade …. The winter is over …. Oh Iran, Oh … (3)

                All these voices are mixed up in his head. He doesn’t hear anything anymore and before he knows, he is sitting in a solitary cell….

                He hears the prison guard saying: Get ready for your final visit with your family.

                NO!

                No, it is impossible to endure these seconds!

                Every step of the walk between the solitary cell and the visiting hall feels like an execution!

                What can one say to his loved ones on his last visit? Is there anything he can say? Is there anything? On the last visit?

                The thought of this is one thousand times more painful than the actual noose hugging one’s neck!!

                Every step toward the visiting hall feels like an execution, and he longs for these moments to end. He longs to hear the morning call to prayer (4) and for his sentence to be carried out!

                He can no longer tolerate the feeling of being executed every second of the day!

                He wakes up with the morning call to prayer, but he is not in solitary confinement. This torturous sound comes from the loudspeaker of Evin prison’s ward 350, and gives the news of another dog day starting.

                And again, you have to wait for the pager announcing: Soheil Arabi must report to the gate of the prison hall ….

                Yes, this is why he longs for the screeching noise of a car’s brake (The final sound of the call to morning prayer in solitary confinement, before going to the gallows) (4).

                • This is in reference to a car running over a mad dog and is a metaphor for someone who knows he is condemned to death and is tired of waiting.
                • This means it is time for his execution. The repeated calling of death row inmates to report for carrying out their sentence is a common practice in Iran’s prisons as form of psychological torture.
                • These are the first lines of three famous songs that are sung in prisons to comfort death row inmates.
                • Executions in Iran prisons are carried out right after the call to morning prayer.

                International Committee Against Execution

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                  On Tuesday, December 2nd, 18 individuals were executed in different prisons in Iran, 11 of which were in Ghezel Hessar prison. Within the past month, Ghezel Hessar prison has witnessed several group executions (each group consisting of 11 individuals), out of which 44 were hanged within a two week period.

                  In protest to these group executions, the prisoners in unit 2 of Ghezel Hessar started a hunger strike. On December 7th, more than one thousand death row inmates ended their 6-day hunger strike. On December 9th, the prison officials transferred 35 of the protesting inmates to solitary cells in Rajai-shahr prison. This transfer was made under the excuse of a “prison uprising” and the lives of these 35 inmates are in imminent danger of execution.

                  Unit 2 of Ghezel Hessar prison consists of 9 halls where nearly 3000 prisoners with drug related charges are held and 1000 of them have received their final execution orders. It should be mentioned that Ghezel Hessar prison is one of the largest prisons in the Middle East where defendants with drug related charges are held.

                  From the beginning of Mr. Rohani’s presidency, 1097 individuals have been executed, majority of which were inmates with drug related charges. On a daily basis, the Islamic Regime conducts secret and public executions of drug offenders in different prisons of Iran under the pretense of  “fight against drugs”. This occurs in conditions where the Islamic Republic is one of the major importers and distributors of drugs itself. The Islamic Government kills two birds with one stone. It facilitates the supply of drugs to Iranians and concurrently leads small drug dealers – who are mostly unemployed youth from disadvantaged families – to the gallows. With these actions, the government creates fear and terror within the society and further reinforces execution, which is one of its main pillars.

                  The International Committee Against Execution (ICAE) asks all international communities, all human rights organization and all organizations opposing capital punishment to include practical measures in their agenda to protect individuals who have been sentenced to death for drug offences and to save the lives of these 35 prisoners.

                  Secretariat for the International Committee Against Execution

                  December 10, 2014

                   

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                    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.

                    I.C.A.E
                    International Committee Against Execution

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                      Saying “I love you” is nothing for you who are my entire soul;

                      I am the one who keeps repeating: “My being or lack there of, is dependent on you”

                      I don’t know why writing a lie is much harder than telling a lie.

                      To be honest, I am tired of saying: “Everything will turn out OK, everything is fine …” And even worse, I am afraid that you, like me are pretending that everything is fine and bearable…

                      This situation is worse than what they call a tragedy!

                      It is more difficult than being melancholy, missing our memorable days together and the ruin of the best days of our lives that are passing by so horrifically. It is even more tormenting than waiting for the approval of my execution and all my inner struggles, such as wondering what will happen eventually, will they approve my execution or not, and how much longer will I have to stay here???

                      It is harder than all my hopes and frustrations, and even more agonizing than having dreams of being free and with you when all of a sudden I wake up, still in prison and the same old worries start all over again!

                      More difficult and torturous than all of these is my damn conscience that keeps telling me I have been the cause of Nastaran and Rojan’s misery and vagrancy.

                      Thoughts of your misfortunes and your future lives….

                      When you are in love with someone you forget yourself. You constantly wish to do things to make her happy. You want to provide the best home, life and possibilities for her. Every penny you earn makes you happy because you think it will make her life more comfortable.

                      You prefer to bear pain but cause serenity and peace for her, endure cold but keep her warm. You feel good when she is happy. You smile when she smiles.

                      And god forbid if she doesn’t smile and if she is not happy…

                      These days more than anything I regret not having shown you how much I love you. I constantly wish we could go back to the past so that I could prove to you how I value you more than anyone in the world and I could tell you how much I love you. I wish for a chance to tell everyone my Nasatran is the best – better than anything imaginable – before it is too late. How sad that I didn’t realize how precious you were, that I didn’t and couldn’t tell you everything that was in my heart…

                      I hope that you forgive me and realize that I tried my best to return and make things up to you. I hope you understand how sad and ashamed I am for the difficult conditions you are in, and I hope you believe that I have not committed any crime that deserves so much torture and such cruel sentences. I apologize as when I started writing, I meant to say things to make you feel better! However, I did exactly the opposite. It may be better not to say anything except: you are my entire life and hope, and your happiness is the only thing that makes me happy!!

                       

                      International Committee Against Execution