Iran: Political prisoner sentenced as a reprisal for his letter to UN

Mar 30
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Iran is ranked No.1 in executing its own people
Iran is ranked No.1 in executing its own people

By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Iranian Kurdish farmer Yousef Kakehmami, already serving nine years in prison after two unfair trials, has been sentenced to a further five years in prison after writing a letter to the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Amnesty International reported yesterday, March 29, 2016. Mr. Kakehmami had received an unfair trial on January 12, where he had been deprived of legal representation. His latest charge is considered as a reprisal for communicating with the UN human rights bodies detailing the Iranian regime’s brutal and inhuman treatment of prisoners.

Iranian authorities are continuing cracking down on human rights as Amnesty said in its 2015/2016 annual report on Iran. They severely exercise harsh torture and ill-treatment of prisoners and carry out cruel punishment including blinding, amputation and flogging in public in order to intimidate its own people.

The Iranian regime’s Supreme Court sentenced a man to have his eye gouged out after blinding another man in a street fight. The case of “Saman”, is another example of inhumane medieval penalty exercised by the Iranian regime commonly.

While it was expected that Iran improves its human rights record following the nuclear agreement with the world powers, but the regime is yet imposing death sentences for juvenile offenders.

Himan Uraminejad, 21, has been said that he will be executed soon after 1 April, when the 13-day Iranian New Year holiday period ends. He is on death row for an offence carried out when he was a child. In its ruling, the court ignored the absolute prohibition, in international law, on using the death penalty against people who were under 18 at the time of the crime, and the fundamental principles of juvenile justice that require all those under 18 years old be treated as children.

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