Rights organisations report that Iran has executed a Kurdish “political prisoner”
Tehran – According to rights organisations, Iran hanged a Kurdish man on Friday for belonging to an illegal group. The guy was considered a political prisoner by activists.
In separate announcements, the rights organisations Hengaw and Iran Human Rights (IHR), both located in Norway, confirmed that Mohayyedin Ebrahimi was hung at dawn at the Urmia jail in northwest Iran.
Ebrahimi vehemently refuted the allegations, claiming that he had just been employed as a porter transporting goods from Iraq.
He was referred to as a “political prisoner” by both IHR and Hengaw.
IHR reported that once it became evident that his execution might be about to happen, a protest occurred outside the doors of Urmia jail late on Thursday, and his son was detained.
Hengaw claimed that once his sentence was postponed, Ebrahimi’s family was first informed that he was being transferred to a different prison before being contacted to pick up his body.In the meantime, the official IRNA news agency reported that another prisoner who had been convicted of killing a policeman was hanged on Thursday in the prison of Khorramabad in western Iran.
The executions take place as concern over Iran’s high execution rate grows. Iran has also come under harsh international criticism for its assault on a protest movement that erupted in September.In response to the protests, Iran has executed four individuals. Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd who had been detained for allegedly breaking the country’s strict dress code for women, died on September 16.
Amnesty International has charged Iran with a “chilling escalation in the use of the death sentence,” specifically targeting the ethnic Kurdish and Baluch minorities.