Refugees protest Iran capital punishment at UNCHR in Erbil
In an act of solidarity, Iranian refugees gathered in front of UNHCR
headquarters in the Kurdistan Region's capital of Erbil on Saturday to condemn
capital punishments handed out by the Islamic Republic's courts.
The demonstrators read a joint statement "to protest against the execution rule
for political activists: Ramin Hossein Panahi, Hidayat Abdullah Pur, and others
facing capital punishment by the Islamic Republic of Iran."
Panahi was sentenced to death on the charge of membership in Komala after being
captured amid skirmishes with Iranian security forces near Sanandaj.
Komala is a Kurdish political party that resumed an armed struggle against the
forces of the Islamic Republic in 2017.
"We have gathered here today to condemn death sentence for political prisoners
in Iran and Kurdistan and show support to all political prisoners in Iranian
prisons," the statement added.
Hidayat Abdullah Pur was arrested in 2016 and then an Iranian court handed down
death penalty on charges of working with a Kurdish group.
"In the end, we call on the UNHCR and all the other institutions advocating for
human rights, artists, and freedom lovers of the southern Kurdistan to take
practical steps to revoke the death sentences..." stated the protesters outside
of the UN's Refugee Agency offices, using a different term for the Kurdistan
Amnesty International has called justice in Iran "exceptionally cruel."
Ali Kazemi, 22, was hanged on January 30 after being convicted of murder when
he was 15-years-old.
"By carrying out this unlawful execution, Iran is effectively declaring that it
wishes to maintain the country's shameful status as one of the world's leading
executers of those who were children at the time of their crime," said
Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director
On Friday, Mughrabi warned of "grave concerns about the grim reality for those
defending human rights in Iran today..."
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