Report by Amnesty international: Death Penalty-‎2 September 1988‎

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EXTERNAL (for general distribution)  ‎   AI Index: MDE 13/14/88‎
Distr: UA/SC
UA  235/88  ‎   Death Penalty ‎  ‎2 September 1988‎
IRAN: Political executions
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Amnesty international condemn the political executions carried out in Iran coring the last ‎month which are reportedly still continuing. It is concerned by the continuing bar on ‎family visits to political prisoners in Evin Prison in Tehran and elsewhere which has fuelled ‎speculation  that hundreds of political prisoners may have been executed. The executions ‎have reportedly been carried out predominantly on members and supporters 0f  the ‎People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PM0I), but about 20 supporters of other ‎political opposition groups are also reported to have been executed, Amnesty ‎International does not have sufficient information to estimate the number of political ‎executions, but it is deeply concerned by the apparent escalation. .‎
Following the incursion by the PMOI-led National Liberation Army into Iran between 25 ‎and 28 July 1988, small groups of alleged collaborators with and members of the PMOI ‎were publicly executed in Kangavar, Bakhtaran and lslamebad-e Gharb. The Iranian ‎National News Agency said that 15 PMOI supporters had been executed by 5 August, and ‎pictures of public hangings appeared in the Iranian national press.‎
In e speech at Friday prayers in Tehran on 5 August Ayatollah Ardebili, the Chief Justice, ‎hinted that many imprisoned PMOI supporters Were at risk of execution when he said:‎
‎ “The judiciary as under very strong pressure from public  opinion asking why we even ‎put them (the PMOI)  on trial. Why some of them are jailed, and why all are not executed ‎‎… The people say they should all he executed without exception.”‎
Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases us e violation of the right to ‎lite and the right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or ‎punishment, as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In the case of ‎Iran it is particularly concerned by the lack of provisions for fair trial in political casas, and ‎the lack of any procedure for prisoners sentenced to death to appeal against conviction ‎or sentence.


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Amnesty International-Urgent Action 1988