By Iran Probe staff
Sunday, 9 April 2017
A number of family members of death row inmates were arrested as they intended to stage a previously announced rally outside the regime’s parliament on Sunday, according to reports from inside Iran.
This morning a large number of death row inmates’ relatives rallied in Tehran demanding the execution verdicts of their loved ones be cancelled and a law passed banning all executions in Iran, according to a wired posted by the “Human Rights Center of No to Prison, No to Execution.”
The call to stage this rally was posted on social media by a number of death row inmates’ family members.
Security forces at the scene began insulting the protesters in an attempt to disperse them. They did not permit anyone to take any footage of the rally and in some cases mobile phones were confiscated. A number of people at the rally said security agents arrested a number of protesters and transferred the families to the metro, banning them from participating in the protest gathering.
In this rally a number of the families began preparing a petition signed by fellow Iranians supporting an end to all executions.
Iran has 5,300 death row inmates convicted on drug-related charges, according to an Iranian MP.
Security agents preventing rally outside Iran parliament
It is worth noting nearly 3,000 people have been executed during the tenure of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani alone. The regime ruling Iran has the highest number of executions per capita. This regime is constantly denounced by United Nations human rights organizations and Amnesty International due to its high number of executions and sending juveniles under the legal age to the gallows.