Iran imposes more death sentences on protesters amid international protests

Iran is imposing more death sentences for those arrested during anti-government demonstrations, amid international protests to abolish the death penalty for peaceful protesters.

On Wednesday, Tehran’s Revolutionary Court handed down three more death sentences. The new ruling is not final and can be appealed, the judiciary said, and several people were injured. Another reportedly set fire to the governor’s office in the city of Pakdasht, Tehran province, and attacked security forces with knives.

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A third defendant is said to have attempted to block roads and damage public property. Iran’s judiciary said Tuesday a revolutionary court sentenced another man to death for “terrorizing people in the streets with a knife, setting fire to civilian motorcycles and attacking people with a knife.”

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In the past four days, the Islamic Republic of Iran has handed down several death sentences to protesters detained during demonstrations sparked by the death of Martha Amini in September.

On Sunday, the first death sentence was handed down to a protester, while another court sentenced each to five to 10 years in prison.

Iran’s judiciary did not name the prisoners, but said the sentence was handed down by a “first instance court” and could be changed if the convicted person refers the case to an appeals court.

No one knows when or where the trial took place or whether the defendants had a chance to defend themselves. In most similar cases, the government does not allow defendants to choose their own lawyers and there is no due process of law.

These rulings came after parliamentarians called for the execution of some protesters.

Several countries and international organizations, including Canada, Germany and the United Nations, have called on the Iranian government to refrain from imposing death sentences on protesters.

According to The New York Times, adolescent girls and boys were the focus of protesters’ attention.

Iranian officials said the average age of the protesters is 15 years old.

Islamic leaders have not held back. They know that their Islamic forces are being challenged. The Iranian parliament voted in favor of the death penalty for the protesters.

The letter, signed by 227 of the 290 parliamentarians, denounced Islamist extremists who killed, raped and looted protesters angry that a woman had been killed for failing to cover her hair properly, compared the group to ISIS and called on protesters to kill the protesters. teachings .

According to the letter, a “good lesson” is needed to instill fear in those considering joining the protests.
Protests erupted in September after Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, was arrested by officers for not wearing a hijab as required by Islamic law.

UN Human Rights Council Set To Censure Iran Violations

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In a special session to address Iran’s worsening rights violations, the UN Human Rights Council is set to adopt a resolution aimed at holding the Islamic Republic accountable.

Although various United Nations bodies and experts have criticized Iran’s records for years, this would be the first dedicated deliberation and resolution against the behavior of the Islamic Republic.

The 35th special session of the Human Rights Council is set for Wednesday, November 24, following an official request submitted on November 11 by Germany and Iceland, which has been supported by 44 States thus far.

The resolution strongly deplores the reported deaths of at least 304 people, including 41 children, participating in the protests following the death of Mahsa (Jina) Amini in hijab police custody in September, as well as reported arbitrary arrests of thousands participating in the protests.

Urging the Islamic Republic to promote, protect and fulfill human rights, it calls on Tehran to take all necessary measures to prevent extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, sexual and gender-based violence, arbitrary arrests, detentions, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

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