Urgent appeal to stop executions in Iran

The week of campaign against executions in Iran ended with an urgent appeal signed by over 30 human rights organizations.

Today is the last day of the week against executions in Iran. Several activities were organized around the world. An appeal signed by over 36 human rights organizations was sent to governments worldwide, the United Nations, the European Union, and the European Parliament, demanding to stop the executions in Iran.

The appeal reads as follows: "The Islamic regime in Iran has long used executions as a means of suppression and punishment for dissent. However, in recent years, the rate of executions has dramatically increased. This alarming trend is particularly evident since the 2022 protests and the tragic death in custody of Mahsa (Jina) Amini, and over a hundred detainees sentenced to execution based on fabricated charges. In 2023 alone, rights organizations documented at least 800 executions, which encompass individuals imprisoned under drug-related charges. The rate indicates a 30% increase from the previous year, making it the country with the world’s highest execution per capita. The rate of execution has particularly increased while the world’s attention is on the Hamas-Israel conflict, and the regime uses this opportunity to execute prisoners daily.

The judicial system in Iran is not a fair one as there is no due process. Those accused of committing a crime are often denied proper legal representation and are tried in kangaroo courts. The regime frequently resorts to torturing prisoners to extract false confessions and uses groundless charges against political dissenters to justify their execution sentences. One particularly appalling case is that of Mr. Mojahed Kourkour, sentenced to execution for a crime he did not commit. Even the grieving parents of the victim, Kian Pirfalak, a nine-year-old child, publicly and repeatedly asserted Mojahed's innocence, confirming that Kian was shot dead by the regime's security forces in 2022.

We respectfully urge governments worldwide, the United Nations, the European Union, and the European Parliament to take immediate and tangible actions to compel the Iranian regime to overturn these execution sentences and halt all executions. We firmly believe that the international community bears the responsibility to safeguard the right to life and put an end to capital punishment."