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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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Free Ice Cream to Celebrate Iran’s 1000th Hanging

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Iran hanged over 1,000 people in the past year and a half. On April 29, 2015, David Keyes, executive director of Advancing Human Rights, threw an ice cream party outside of the Iranian foreign ministers speech at NYU to celebrate this milestone. Mr. Zarif and his deputy foreign ministers didn’t seem too hungry.

Which dictator should David punk next? Send your recommendations to david.keyes@advancinghumanrights.org or follow him on Twitter @DavidMKeyes

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Jordan Hangs 2 Terrorists at Dawn in Response to ISIS Killing of Pilot

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

As promised by Jordanian officials Tuesday night, initial punishment for the barbaric murder of its pilot was swift.

Two Al Qaeda prisoners on death row were executed by hanging at dawn on Wednesday, their bodies driven away in ambulances shortly after.

The speed of the response and its efficient directness is a message the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) cannot ignore. It is a universal language understood in both Islam and the Arab world – and one that Israel and the Western world would do well to learn and emulate. Immediately.

Releasing terrorists from Gitmo back to their home countries – or neighboring countries – where they can simply repeat the same slaughter or worse, is ridiculous. Releasing convicted terrorists in prisoner exchanges, allowing them to return to their evil ways and worse, to teach those skills to others and organize political movements is stupid.

This writer salutes Israel’s decision to empower the Israel Defense Forces to teach officers to launch the Hannibal Protocol whenever necessary to prevent that from ever happening again. Israel should look closely at how Jordan is dealing with terrorists when attacks are aimed at its own country and study that response.

There should be no negotiations with any terrorists ever by anyone because terrorists do not negotiate in good faith. If there is no takeaway this week from any other news piece, let this bit of education at least be learned by the world’s population. Terrorists lie. They can never be trusted.

Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi female whose freedom was sought in negotiations with Jordan by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), was awaiting execution on death row in the kingdom for her role in a triple 2005 suicide bombing at a hotel that killed 60 people.

Ziyad al-Karbouly, a senior Iraqi Al Qaeda operative convicted in 2008 for killing a Jordanian, also was sentenced to death for plotting to attack the Hashemite Kingdom, said government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani.

Jordan, to its eternal credit, executed both Wednesday at dawn at the Swaqa prison, some 50 miles south of Amman.

Family members of the pilot and their supporters gathered in the darkness at the Karak district tribal gathering chamber, in Muath al-Kasaesbeh’s hometown of Ai, following the news of their hero’s death in flames.

“We will avenge, we will avenge the blood of our son!” dozens of protesters chanted as they marched towards the palace waving a Jordanian flag following the announcement of the pilot’s killing.

The especially barbaric manner in which the pilot was murdered outraged not only Jordanians but also people around the world, drawing condemnation from international leaders as well.

The Jordanian government had negotiated with ISIS in good faith over the past week in response to an officer to exchange 26-year-old captive pilot for al-Rishawi, but had insisted first on proof that the pilot was still alive. ISIS had not provided the evidence and Jordan was unwilling to release the terrorist without it.

ISIS subsequently admitted in the announcement with its execution video of the pilot on Tuesday that he had been killed as long ago as January 3. That was only 10 days from the time of his capture when he had been forced to eject from his F-16 fighter jet, which crashed in a lake in northeastern Syria. Al-Kasaesbeh was the first Jordanian pilot to be captured while flying in the U.S.-led bombing raids against ISIS.

“Our punishment and revenge will be as huge as the loss of the Jordanians,” vowed Jordanian army spokesman Mamdouh al-Ameri upon hearing the news. King Abdullah told his nation to unite in the face of the ISIS threat in a brief address Tuesday night on national television. “It’s the duty of all of us to stand united and show the real values of Jordanians in the face of these hardships,” he said. The monarch took the time for a quick meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House and then cut short his visit to the United States and flew directly back to Amman.

Hana Levi Julian

Iran Celebrated Christmas by Hanging 7 People

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Iran hanged seven people at dawn on Christmas and 12 others before and after the Christian holiday, according to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an Iranian opposition group.

Several days earlier, President Barack Obama praised Iran and said that it could be a “successful” member of the international community if it decides to relinquish some portions of its nuclear weapons program, according to the interview.

”They’ve got a chance to get right with the world,” Obama stated.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Iran Bows to Pressure and May Remove Reyhaneh Jabbari from Death Row

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Iran’s so-called justice ministry has postponed for a month the hanging of Reyhaneh Jabbari, who allegedly stabbed to death a former intelligence office whom she said testified tried to rape her.

Jabbari used a small pen knife to fend off the attacker, who has been described as a burly man, in the shoulder, leaving open several questions concerning his supposed inability to get up and seek medical attention, as reported here.

No Iranian official ever can admit wrongdoing, and the “death” has being interpreted as a probable commutation of her death sentence. It is not known if she will serve more time in prison, assuming her life is spared.

The case attracted worldwide attention after she was arrested in 2007 for the murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, the attacker who she stabbed as he tried to rape her.

The prosecution’s case against her has been highly questioned, and her lawyers said she was not given a fair trial, which is far from surprising. Human Rights Watch has been leading a drive to save Jabbari’s life, and the Iranian judiciary earlier this year agreed to review the death sentence.

Approximately 200,000 people have signed a petition in her behalf.

 

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Former Head of 92nd Street Y Commits Suicide

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The former executive director of the famed 92nd Street Y died last Friday after hanging himself in his home in Seagate, an oceanfront community in Brooklyn, New York.

Sol Adler, 60, was found shortly before 11 a.m. by his wife Debbie, police told reporters on Saturday.

In 2012, Adler had been fired from his position after an anonymous letter sent to the board of directors accused him of a long-term relationship with his personal assistant.

At the time of his dismissal, after 20 years of leading the Y, Adler’s salary was $430,000 per year. His son-in-law, an ex-convict and a director of facilities at the Y, was also fired under suspicion of taking kickbacks from vendors. A number of other employees also were purged as well “for engaging in and failing to report suspected in appropriate behavior,” according to a letter to staff written by the board at the time.

The 92nd Street Y doubled its programs and brought in more than $80 million during Adler’s tenure as executive director. Police said there was no question of homicide in his death.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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