By Iran Probe staff
In Iran, the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is resorting to increasingly brutal measures, including executions and inhumane amputations, out of fear of an uprising by the people. Recent reports reveal a disturbing trend of executions carried out in various prisons across the country. On January 9, two prisoners named Mohammad Ali Mirzaei and Mahmoud Mirzaei were hanged in Qezelhessar prison. The day before, three prisoners named Mohammad Hossein Garavand, Keyumars Gholami, and Hamed met the same fate in the same prison. These executions follow a pattern of increasing state-sanctioned violence against prisoners.
The wave of executions continued in other prisons as well. On January 6, Saeed Moradian and another prisoner were hanged in Hamedan Central Prison, while on January 4, Soheil Jeloran and Hojjat Kalkhoran faced execution in Ardabil Central Prison. Asghar Barzegar met a similar fate in Yazd Central Prison on the same day. An earlier execution on January 3 involved a prisoner named Amir Ahmadzadeh in Sabzevar Prison. These instances of state-sanctioned killings send a chilling message to those seeking justice and freedom.
In addition to the alarming rate of executions, the Iranian regime has also resorted to grotesque punishments such as amputations. According to the government news agency Mehr, Ali Mozaffari, the chief justice of Qom province, announced the amputation of two individuals’ hands for theft. This brutal and archaic punishment is carried out while the regime’s leaders, including the Revolutionary Guard commanders, are involved in extensive corruption, embezzling billions of dollars that belong to the people. Recent revelations of a three-billion-dollar embezzlement case involving government officials and the Revolutionary Guard highlight the hypocrisy and injustice of the regime’s actions.
Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), strongly condemned the inhumane punishment of hand amputations and denounced the regime’s failure to address the people’s desire for change. Rajavi called for justice to be served by cutting off the hands of the regime’s leaders, including Ali Khamenei and Ebrahim Raisi, who have plundered the nation’s wealth. She emphasized the need to refer the case of this repressive regime, which enforces medieval punishments in the 21st century, to the United Nations Security Council and hold its leaders accountable for their crimes.
The indifference and inaction of the international community in the face of such atrocities only serve to encourage the regime to continue its crimes against humanity. It is imperative that the international community takes a firm stance against the Iranian regime’s human rights abuses and supports the Iranian people’s struggle for justice, freedom, and democracy. The Iranian regime’s systematic violations of human rights, including its persistent execution practices and inhumane punishments, must not go unnoticed or unchallenged. The time for action is now, to demand accountability and justice for the Iranian people.