In Iran, 11 people are awaiting the death penalty for participating in protests after the death of Mahsa Amini, NGOs are alarming. In their opinion, the international community should put maximum pressure on Tehran to prevent a “slaughter”, writes the Times of Israel on Sunday.
Amnesty InternationalCenter for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), based in New York, and Iran Human Rights, based in Oslo, are calling on the international community to impose drastic economic and diplomatic sanctions on Tehran to prevent further executions.
These organizations emphasize that show trials of people detained for participating in protests are taking place at a very fast pace, and the accused have no access to defense.
According to Amnesty International, 22-year-old Mahan Sadrat, accused of drawing a knife during a demonstration, which he strongly denies, is being “prepared for execution”. On Saturday, Sadrat was transferred from a prison in Tehran to a prison in the city of Karaj, which could mean that the death penalty will be carried out very soon.
Amnesty reports that at least 314 death sentences were carried out in Iran in 2021, more than half of the executions recorded in the Middle East.
Mass protests in Iran
Mass demonstrations began after the death of 22-year-old Amini, who was arrested by the morality police. After being detained for “inappropriate headgear”, the woman mysteriously fell into a coma and died in hospital. According to Amini’s family, she was beaten by the officers.
At least 473 people have been killed and over 18,000 arrested in Iran’s protests.
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