Iran executes 229 citizens over anti-hijab protests; UN, human rights groups sound alarm

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According to rights groups and campaigners, Iran began a series of executions targeting activists and ethnic minorities. The regime in Tehran has executed at least 229 people, specifically targeting protesters, in response to the uprising that followed the death of Mahsa Amini.

Iran also reported the execution of a man on death row for alleged involvement with Israeli intelligence services.

It said he was convicted of “collecting and providing classified information to the Mossad spy service for the purpose of disrupting public order.”

In November, the United Nations issued a warning about Iran's acceleration of executions, calling it “dangerous”. According to the agency, at least 419 individuals received the death penalty within the first seven months of the year, a 30 percent increase compared to the same period in 2022. In particular, the Kurdish and Baluchi minorities suffered the brunt of these executions. Sadly, those hanged in November included two women and a child.

Shahin Ghobadi, a spokesman for the opposition group People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK), said Iran was effectively waging a war against its own citizens to thwart another rebellion within the country, especially in the wake of Mahsa Amini's death. Detention by Tehran's morality police in September 2022, referring to protests after.

During these protests, reports from Iranian activists indicate that over 500 civilians were reportedly killed, while thousands were arbitrarily arrested.

“The mullahs want to prevent a resurgence of the insurgency with a wave of executions, including the secret killing of political prisoners, and by intensifying repression, especially against the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK) and resistance activists,” Ghobadi said. Units affiliated with the MEK.”

“It is time for the UK, the EU, its member states and the US to take practical action rather than merely verbally condemn the gross human rights violations in Iran,” he said.

According to a report by Norway-based Iran Human Rights, 604 people were executed in the first ten months of this year, the most in eight years. In 2022, the rights group recorded 582 executions, surpassing the recent peak of 972 recorded in 2015.

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