Women Two More Women Hanged in Iran

Two More Women Hanged in Iran

-

Two women were hanged at dawn on Tuesday in Iran, according to an informed source, bringing the total number of women executed under the supposed moderate President Hassan Rouhani to at least 93 since he took office in 2013.

By Jubin Katiraie

Two women were hanged at dawn on Tuesday in Iran, according to an informed source, bringing the total number of women executed under the supposed moderate President Hassan Rouhani to at least 93 since he took office in 2013.

The two women who were hanged at the Central Prison of Urmia on July 23 have been identified as Arasteh Ranjbar and Nazdar Vatankhah.

They have already spent 15 years in prison, charged with murder and complicity in murder, respectively, but on Monday morning they were transferred to solitary cells to be prepared before their executions.

According to our unnamed source, the women had previously been given a month to get the victim’s parents to agree to spare their lives but were unable to do so, thus their executions were carried out.

In recent weeks, the Iranian authorities have increased the number of executions and have executed at least four women in the past week alone. The other two are Maliheh Salehian and Zahra Safari Moghadam.

Salehian, from Miandoab, was charged with murder and hanged in the central prison of Mahabad on July 16. Moghadam, 43, was hanged in the Prison of Nowshahr, in northern Iran on July 17. It is not known what her crime was.

These executions are abhorrent, not only because of the sham justice system in Iran that most likely did not give these women fair trials but also because it violates Rule 61 of the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-Custodial Measures for Women Offenders.

The rule reads: “When sentencing women offenders, courts shall have the power to consider mitigating factors such as lack of criminal history and relative non-severity and nature of the criminal conduct, in the light of women’s caretaking responsibilities and typical backgrounds.”

Of course, that is likely of little concern to the world’s biggest per-capita executioner in the world. The regime uses the death penalty less as a deterrent or punishment, but more to keep its shaky grasp on power and to silence an angry population, according to Iran watchers. At least 3,700 people have been executed in Iran under Rouhani.

The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran wrote that they condemned the latest executions of women who were “victims of misogynist laws and policies of the clerical regime and their destruction of the economy”.

The Committee urged international organisations defending human rights and women’s rights to intervene and stop the death penalty in Iran.

Latest news

Iran: Officials Admit to the Dire Economic Situation

The economic situation of the Iranian people has deteriorated to the point that Iran’s leaders and state organizations have no choice but to...

Another Veil of Crime Against Iranian Children

One of the most tragic and catastrophic effects of the Islamic Republic's era in Iran has been lowering the legal age...

Iran: Sick Old Woman Forced to Sleep Outside in Cold by Tabriz Prison Authorities

Prison authorities in Tabriz forced a 60-year old woman in need of medical care for herpes zoster to sleep...

Connex Sleepers, the Other Face of Marginalization in Iran

Most official statistics in Iran cannot be trusted, and each government institution has its own statistics. However, according to...

EU Must Adopt a Firm Policy Against Tehran’s Terror Attacks

Two years ago, on June 30, 2018, European law enforcement managed to foil a terror attack in Villepinte, suburb...

End of Tehran’s Joy Over the Lifting of UN Arms Embargo

Until October 18, Iranian authorities tirelessly touted lifting the UN arms embargo as a significant achievement. President Hassan Rouhani...

Must read

Why Iran Apologists Demonize the MEK?

By Jubin Katiraie The U.S. Senate voted almost unanimously...

US lawmaker cautions India on Iran nuclear stance

Reuters: India could jeopardize a landmark nuclear cooperation deal...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you