Saturday, August 23, 2008

Iran: 20 years since 1988

August 20 is in the prison of the city of Zahedan, Sistan-e-Baluchestan province, a man hanged.
The man, Bahram Nik-kho was convicted for drugstrafficking.

Because of the 20th Anniversary of 1988 'prison massacre'of Iranian political prisoners starting in August 1988 and continuing until shortly before the tenth anniversary of the Islamic revolution in February 1989,
Amnesty International renews its call for those responsible for the 'prison massacre' to be held accountable.
Between 4,500 and 5,000 political prisoners are believed to have been killed, including women.
Amnesty: "Those responsible for the killings - one of the worst abuses to be committed in Iran - should be prosecuted and tried before a regularly and legally constituted court and with all necessary procedural guarantees, in accordance with international fair trial standards. If found guilty, they should be punished with appropriate penalties which take into account the grave nature of the crimes but which do not include the death penalty or corporal punishments.".
Amnesty is also calling on the present Iranian government not to prevent relatives of the dead from visiting Khavaran Cemetary in south Tehran, on or about 29 August to mark the anniversary.
Hundreds of the executed are buried here, many of them in unmarked mass graves.

The blog Serendip wrote July 26th a blog in which is said that there are already arrests of familymembers of those, buried on Khavaran Cemetary, in the month July. They are temporarily detained to prevent them from visiting Khavaran Cemetary.
Mohsen Naderi (50), one of many political prisoners who were arrested in the early 1980’s, imprisoned from 1981 to 1986 on the charges of being a supporter of Mojahedin’e Khalq, is arrested and placed in a temporary holding cell in the Evin Prison.
Last year familymembers of those buried at Khavaran Cemetaey were arrested and brought to section 209 of Evin prison.
Some of them were later transferred to section 350 of Evin prison and are still imprisoned.
Their names are Mr. Ali Saremi (60), Mr. Mohammad Ali Mansouri, Ms. Misagh Yazdan Nejad and Mr. Naser Sudagari.

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.

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