Iran may use mass executions to quell anti-hijab protests across country, human rights group warns

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An Iranian court has issued the first death sentence in connection with months of anti-hijab protests, which sparked fears of mass executions to quell unrest.

A Revolutionary Court in Tehran has found an unnamed defendant guilty of “enmity against God” and sentenced the protester to death. .

“Iran Human Rights underscores the history of the Islamic Republic’s use of the death penalty to instill societal fear and warns of the possibility of hasty executions without any advance warning,” the Norway-based group wrote online. “The organization calls on the international community to prevent such crimes in a timely manner.”

The anti-hijab protester sentenced to death was also charged with arson of a government building and “corruption on earth,” IHRNGO said, citing the judiciary’s news site Mizan. The group also claimed that at least 20 protesters face security-related charges that could carry the death penalty.

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The regime carried out mass executions in 1988 as part of a “death commission”, which punished dissidents and political prisoners.

A police motorcycle burns during a protest over the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by the Islamic Republic’s “morals police”, in Tehran, Iran on September 19, 2022.
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The commission is said to have led to the deaths of about 4,500 to 5,000 men, women and children in prisons across Iran, according to Amnesty International. A former ayatollah deputy later claimed that as many as 30,000 may have been killed.

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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi reportedly participated in the commission, with many former victims identifying him as “in the room” when questioned.

Nasser Sharif, president of the California Society for Democracy in Iran, sits in Dag Hammarskjold Park across from the UN, surrounded by the photographs of victims of the "death commission."

Nasser Sharif, president of the California Society for Democracy in Iran, sits in Dag Hammarskjold Park across from the UN, surrounded by the photographs of victims of the regime’s “death commission.”
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Two months ago, protests erupted across Iran following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who allegedly broke the country’s laws regarding headscarves called a hijab. The morality police arrested her and rushed her to a hospital an hour later after claiming she had “slipped into a coma.”

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But Amini’s family refuted the police report, saying she suffered injuries consistent with physical assault. She died in hospital a few days later, and her death sparked protests that have now spread to more than 140 cities and towns across Iran.

Iranians protest the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained by vice police, in Tehran, October 27, 2022.

Iranians protest the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained by vice police, in Tehran, October 27, 2022.
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At least 326 protesters have been killed in violent crackdown by security forces, IHRNGO claimed.

The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) puts the total at nearly 341 deaths, with about 15,800 arrests, according to the BBC.

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The Islamic Republic News Agency reported that Gholam Hossein Ejei, head of the judiciary, issued a statement last week that “rioters” would be dealt with “firmly and strongly on the basis of law and fairness”, claiming that the protesters were “the disrupted people’s safety, disrupted their livelihoods”. and offended their holiness.”

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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