Human Rights Watch
also expressed grave concern for the safety of other members of the Mojahedin
Khalq Organization imprisoned in
election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last year, the number of executions in
judiciary accused Zamani of involvement in a bomb explosion in
Zamani was taken from his cell by the prison authorities and hanged inside the Gohardasht prison on February 7, but his execution was not confirmed until a week later, after mounting international protests, by Minister of Justice Jamal Karimirad.
In addition, Human Rights Watch fears the imminent execution of three persons accused of involvement in hijacking an airplane in 2001. They are Khaled Hardani, Farhang Pour Mansouri and Shahram Pour Mansouri. At the time of the alleged hijacking, Shahram Pour Mansouri was only 17 years old.
The Convention on
the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights prohibit the imposition of the death penalty for crimes committed before
the age of 18. These treaties also prohibit the use of torture and cruel,
inhuman, or degrading punishments.
Human Rights Watch called on the Iranian judiciary to stop applying the death penalty and to abide by its obligations under international treaties, including abolition of death penalty for juveniles and implementation of fair trial standards.
Iranian human rights activists have repeatedly expressed serious concerns that under President Ahmadinejad the government will increasingly resort to violent means to suppress dissent. These worries are accentuated by the presence of several ministers in the cabinet who are suspected of grave human rights violations. The Interior Minister, Mustafa Pour-Mohammadi, for example, is suspected of crimes against humanity for his involvement in summary and arbitrary execution of thousands of political prisoners in 1988.
information detailing those crimes, please see the December 2005 Human Rights
Watch report, “Ministers of Murder:
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