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No To The Death Penalty In Iran

Iran is the country with the largest number of political prisoners. Most of the prisoners are imprisoned because of their belonging to the bannedworkers’ associations, political parties, religious communities or membership in minority nationalities such as Baloch, Kurd, Arab, Azari, Turkmen and others

No To The Death Penalty In Iran

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Iran is the country with the largest number of political prisoners. Most of the prisoners are imprisoned because of their belonging to the bannedworkers’ associations, political parties, religious communities or membership in minority nationalities such as Baloch, Kurd, Arab, Azari, Turkmen and others .                                                                                          

Moreover, many of these prisoners are youths who are arrested because of their opposition to the regime’s interference in their private lives such as clothing, hair or headgear. Common to all is that they are humbled, tortured, raped and some are executed. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and others in a number of occasions have protested against the illegal detention, humiliation, torture, and above all executions. Only in 2010, according to statistics from the regime itself, 269 people received death penalties and all were executed by hanging. This is the official figure released by the government, and many human rights organizations believe that the figure is much more higher where there are hidden executions in which the dead are buried in hidden graves. Only in January this year there have been executed 97 people and most of those coming from the provinces of Balochistan, Kurdistan or

Ahvaz (Arab). We believe that the regime in

Iran uses the death penalty as a terrorist tool to scare people from participating in opposition protests and democracy movement. Balochistan is a province with the highest number of executions in prisons and in the form of shooting of the common people by security forces. These are often referred to as rebels, armed bandits and drug smugglers. In reality, most political prisoners, are resistance fighters and ordinary people who no longer tolerate being humiliated by the authorities because of their religion (Sunni Muslim) and nationality in their own home land.

Iran is very keen to develop nuclear weapons. Many experts believe that the regime is very close to achieving this goal. From our experience we know that the regime will not hesitate to use this weapon against the resistance movements in provinces such as Balochistan, where the regime’s army and other weapons can not crush the resistance. Population in Balochistan will not benefit from nuclear weapons. On the contrary, this weapon is dangerous to the Balochistan’s struggle for self-determination and democratic rights. Balochistan Peoples Party with this torchlight procession would like to put the spotlight on the death penalty and would like to ask the international community to fight against the death penalty and nuclear weapons development in

 

Iran. BPP therefore says “No to death penalty and no to nuclear weapons”! 

 

 

Balochistan People’s Party, Norway 

Oslo, 12.02. 2011