Monday , 18 October 2021

Iran hangs 2 prisoners in recent increase in executions of Baloch minority prisoners

Iran-HRM – Two other prisoners were executed Saturday in eastern Iran following the recent increase in executions of Baloch minority prisoners.

executions of Baloch minority prisoners

Iranian authorities on Saturday executed two ethnic Balochi citizens on drug related charges.

Jamaluddin Brahui and Mohammad Barahui were executed in a prison in the eastern Iranian city of Birjand.

An informed source said that the 40-year-old man was arrested about two years ago at the Salabad checkpoint in Birjand.

“He was sentenced to 27 years in prison, but was suddenly transferred to prison quarantine on Thursday for execution and executed on Saturday, February 13.”
His family were called to go to the prison for a last visit on Friday, February 12,” the source said.

Another prisoner, Mohammad Barahui was also executed the same day. His family was called to go to the prison for a last visit but only his mother was allowed to visit him before his execution.

Mohammad Barahui, 28, was married and father to two children.

Mohammad Barahui was executed on drug related charges on Saturday in Birjand Prison, eastern #Iran. The 28 year old Baloch prisoner was married and father to two children.#StopExecutionsinIran pic.twitter.com/yIn8fuFBtA— IRAN HRM (@IranHrm) February 15, 2021

Several executions were recently carried out against prisoners from the Baloch minority in Iran. At least 23 Balochi prisoners have been executed in Zahedan, Mashhad and Isfahan prisons since mid-December 2020. Many of those executed had been convicted on drug or national security charges.

The increase in executions of Baloch minority prisoners in Iran has caused alarm among international rights organizations and the UN, especially given the consistent record of due process denials and the use of torture and forced confessions in the regime’s judicial system.

More than a hundred prisoners are reported to be on death row in Zahedan Central Prison alone, including for crimes not involving intentional killing.

Iran HRM once again calls on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Council and other institutions defending human rights to take urgent action to save the lives of Iranian prisoners on death row. The Iranian regime’s dossier of human rights violations must be referred to the UN Security Council. The leaders and officials of the clerical regime in Iran must face justice for four decades of committing crimes against humanity.

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