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Amnesty International Reveals Iran’s ‘Staggering’ Execution Spree: 700 in 6 Months

Friday, July 24th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Iranian authorities are believed to have executed an astonishing 694 people between January 1 and July 15, 2015, in an unprecedented spike in executions, Amnesty International said Thursday.

It comes down to executing more than three people per day, according to AI, which notes that, “at this shocking pace, Iran is set to surpass the total number of executions in the country recorded by Amnesty International for the whole of last year.”

“Iran’s staggering execution toll for the first half of this year paints a sinister picture of the machinery of the state carrying out premeditated, judicially-sanctioned killings on a mass scale,” stated Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Program.

“For years, Iranian authorities have used the death penalty to spread a climate of fear in a misguided effort to combat drug trafficking, yet there is not a shred of evidence to show that this is an effective method of tackling crime,” said Boumedouha.

“If Iran’s authorities maintain this horrifying execution rate we are likely to see more than 1,000 state-sanctioned deaths by the year’s end,” Boumedouha added.

According to Thursday’s report, the “death sentences in Iran are particularly disturbing because they are invariably imposed by courts that are completely lacking in independence and impartiality. They are imposed either for vaguely worded or overly broad offenses, or acts that should not be criminalized at all, let alone attract the death penalty. Trials in Iran are deeply flawed, detainees are often denied access to lawyers in the investigative stage, and there are inadequate procedures for appeal, pardon and commutation.”

“The use of the death penalty is always abhorrent, but it raises additional concerns in a country like Iran where trials are blatantly unfair,” Boumedouha said

According to AI, the majority of those put to death in 2015 were convicted on drug charges.

Iran’s Anti-Narcotics Law sets mandatory death sentences for a range of drug-related crimes, including trafficking more than 10 pounds of narcotics derived from opium or more than 30 grams of heroin, morphine, cocaine or their chemical derivatives.

This is in direct breach of international law, which restricts the use of the death penalty to only the “most serious crimes” – those involving intentional killing, the AI report says, noting that drug-related offenses do not meet this threshold.

Among those executed in Iran are also members of ethnic and religious minorities convicted of “enmity against God” and “corruption on earth” including Kurdish political prisoners and Sunni Muslims.

Currently, based on monitoring work done by Amnesty International and other human rights organizations, several thousand people are believed to be on death row in Iran.

“It is especially harrowing that there is no end in sight for this theatre of cruelty with Iran’s gallows awaiting thousands more death row prisoners,” said Boumedouha.

Prisoners in Iran are often left languishing on death row, wondering each day if it will be their last. In many cases they are notified of their execution only a few hours beforehand and in some cases, families learn about the fate of their loved ones days, if not weeks, later.

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Islamic State Forces Teenagers to Execute Syrian Soldiers

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

The Islamic State (ISIS) released another gruesome video Saturday, this time shoeing a group of young teenagers pointing rifles at the heads of 35 Syrian government soldiers before pulling the trigger in front of a crowd that apparently got a free ticket for the entertainment.

The executions took place in the ancient amphitheater in the city of Palmyra, where ISIS continues its campaign to destroy any remnants of non-Islamic culture.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported in May that the soldiers were executed, but ISIS apparently now thought the time was ripe to release the video and win more headlines to implant fear in the hearts of minds of civilized people and make Western leaders look impotent by their failure to get their act  together and wage a unified war against the ISIS instead of focusing on the “occupation” as the real source of the problem.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Iran Set To Hang Woman Accused of Murdering Rapist

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Iran may hang on Tuesday a 26-year-old woman accused of killing a man she said tried to rape her.

Also on death row is dissident Ayatollah Boroujerdi, whose crime, for which he has spent eight years in jail as part of an 11-year sentence, is publishing a book that expressed “anti-government views.”

His “execution” may be carried out simply by refusing him medical treatment and by allowing his serious condition to deteriorate, according to sources quoted by Gatestone Institute.

“Boroujerdi, who has an enormous number of supporters and is known worldwide as ‘Iran’s Mandela, has also implored the United Nations to help the people of Iran for the sake of history and future generations, wrote Gatestone contributor Shadi Paveh. “So far, possibly wary of the global outcry that would ensue both inside and outside Iran if the regime were to execute Boroujerdi, the authorities have refrained from executing him,” he wrote.

The case of Reyhaneh Jabbari, who has been transferred to Rajai-Shahr Prison to be hanged, also has drawn world-wide attention, and a protest petition has been signed by more than 180,000 people.

That may have the same influence on the Iranian regime as did appeals to ISIS by families that they spare their sons lives.

The Obama administration rejects Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s comparison of ISIS with Iran or Hamas, and this time Washington is correct. ISIS beheads innocent victims, Hamas only shoots them in the head, or in the back, and occasionally drags bodies of accused spies for Israel on the ground.

Iran simply hangs them.

Hanged, beheaded or shot, the result will be the same for Jabbari unless Iran backs down.

The Iranian hanging judges sentence her to death seven years ago for allegedly stabbing to death a former “intelligent agent” who tried to rape her. She stabbed him in the shoulder with a small pen knife and fled, supposedly leaving him to bleed to death. The attempted rapist is burly man, and Jabbari’s testimony may have been forced through torture.

Her mother, Shole Paravan, posted on her Facebook page that she talked with her daughter via a mobile phone of a guard before she was moved to the prison where she is to be hanged.

“I am currently handcuffed and there is a car waiting outside to take me for the execution of the sentence,” Jabbari told her mother, according to Fox News, which translated and published the conversation.

“Goodbye, dear Mum. All of my pains will finish early tomorrow morning. I’m sorry I cannot lessen your pain. Be patient. We believe in life after death. I’ll see you in the next world and I will never leave you again because being separated from you is the most difficult thing to do in the world,” she said.

Her mother said she was told to pick up her daughter’s body on Tuesday.

Amnesty International stated, “This abhorrent execution must not be allowed to take place, particularly when there are serious doubts about the circumstances of the killing.

“Instead of continuing to execute people, authorities in Iran should reform their judicial system, which dangerously relies on processes which fail to meet international law and standards for fair trial.

“Under international human rights standards people charged with crimes punishable by death are entitled to the strictest observance of all fair trial guarantees.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Hamas Executes “Operation Strangling Necks”

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

With Israel continuing to score major hits in Gaza, at least 25 Gazans suspected of collaboration with Israel are believed to have been killed by Hamas operatives in recent days Saturday evening, a 13-story building housing a massive Hamas command center was demolished by the IDF, with the army saying that only combatants were harmed in the operation. Last week three top Hamas operatives were killed in an airstrike by the Israeli Air Force, and yesterday’s hit was the latest indication of the IDF’s commitment to destroy Hamas and banish them from the Gaza strip.

Faced with mounting losses, the terror group appears to be venting its frustrations at on its own civilians, as it continues to execute what it claims are “informants” for Israel. Over Thursday and Friday, some 25 civilians were killed in what Hamas called “Operation Strangling Necks.”

News of Hamas’s latest attack on its own civilians reinforces the belief in Israel that the terror organization is the greatest enemy of the Gazan people. Member of Knesset Moti Yogev (Jewish Home) told Tazpit News Agency that the killings had little to do with internal security concerns: “The execution of Gaza residents, men and women, is cruelty that its purpose is to deter the populace,” he said. “There is nothing behind it in terms of real intelligence.”

The parliamentarian noted that those killed were given no opportunity to prove their innocence. “Many of these killings are nothing more than Hamas settling the score in incidental feuds or disputes that are completely unrelated to Israel.”

“Hamas is an organization of animals, similar to the Islamic State,” he continued. Echoing a similar statement made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Yogev pointed out that “the nation of Israel sanctifies life. Hamas sanctifies death.” As such, he explained, the blood of the Gazans is on their hands.

“The bottom line is that we will need to eliminate Hamas, whether in this war or the next. They are a danger to the nation of Israel and to mankind.”

Mordechai Kedar, professor of Arabic literature at Bar-Ilan University, believes that the executions are indeed a sign of tension within Hamas.

“They are afraid that Israel succeeded in penetrating the organization and recruiting a number of its activists as informants,” he noted.”They genuinely suspect that there are collaborators inside the organization. It destroys the confidence they have in each other.”

The scholar cited their lack of popularity in Gaza as another factor that may be fueling the anxiety of the Hamas leadership. “I know that even before Operation Protective Edge the majority in Gaza didn’t want them,” added Kedar. “They have no mercy towards anyone.”

The recent executions are an example of their inhumanity, Kedar said. “Whoever is suspected is executed without any judicial process. Even Amnesty International criticized them very severely,” he noted. “And Amnesty is not at all a pro-Zionist organization.”

Zeev Ben-Yechiel / Tazpit News Agency

Following ISIS Comparisons, Hamas Orders Halt to PUBLIC Executions

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

It turns out Hamas is worried about bad press, or perhaps it’s Qatar who is worried.

Whichever of the two is concerned more, Hamas is apparently finding it difficult to maintain media sympathy when the comparisons between ISIS and Hamas are simply undeniable.

Khaled Abu-Toameh reports that Hamas has given orders to end all executions in public squares and public places.

Based on the wording, Hamas’s executions of Gazan citizens won’t be ending, they’re just ending the executions in public.

Jewish Press News Briefs

UN Human Rights Chiefs Ask Hamas to Halt Executions

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights has urged the Hamas terrorist organization to halt plans for more executions without a fair trial.

Navi Pillay added she is concerned over the torture of two men, both in their 20s, who later were sentenced to death and are to be publicly executes two prisoners, both men in their 20s

Forty others are on death, and most of them are accused of collaborating with Israel, of drug trafficking and murder.

“One absolute requirement is that the death penalty can only be imposed after a fair trial. This is currently not possible in Gaza, neither legally nor practically,” Pillay said.

 

 

Jewish Press News Briefs

Hamas Plans More Executions to Stop Collaboration with Israel

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Hamas is planning to put an end to collaboration with Israel by its citizens by simply killing them, perhaps by hanging them for the public to see. The policy of simply killing those who try to help Israel with information on intended terrorist attacks would end the phenomenon, according to Hamas’ thinking.

Executions are not new for Hamas, but the terrorist organization that rules Gaza now is boasting that it will return to the policy, with one leader urging public hangings.

Hamas managed to revolt the world last year by publicly executing several alleged collaborators and then dragging bodies tied to motorcycles, through the public streets.

Salah Addin Abu Sharkh, director of internal security at the Interior Ministry, said the government had “a clear goal and several means to eradicate this dangerous epidemic,” including executing convicted collaborators.

An anti-collaboration campaign, from mid-March to mid-May netted several suspects, and two men are on death row.

Hamas court official Khaled el-Batash told a Hamas media outlet that courts should be allowed carry out their own rulings by employing police to publicly hang collaborators.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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