Gulf European Centre for Human Rights (GECHR)
GECHR condemns the death penalty against 4 Kurdish activists
10th September 2018
In response to the news that three Iranian Kurdish men, Zaniar Moradi, Loghman Moradi, and Ramin Hossein Panahi, were executed Saturday morning (September 8th) in Raja’i Shahr prison, Karaj, Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said:
“We are horrified by the news that the Iranian authorities have executed these men, despite widespread condemnation of their death sentences and calls from UN human rights experts and other bodies to halt their executions.
“The trials of all three men were grossly unfair. All were denied access to their lawyers and families after their arrest, and all said they were tortured into making “confessions”. In sentencing them to death despite these massive failings in due process, the Iranian authorities have once again demonstrated their brazen disregard for the right to life”.
Human Rights Groups, including GECHR said: it was expected that, given the high level of popular protests that were widely reflected in social media and the official media, as well as the response of human rights organisations, in particular, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran and the Special Rapporteur on the Illicit Executions of the United Nations, the Iranian authorities will stop the sentences of the three men.
According to the Kurdistan Human Rights group, the charges against these three men were Moharebeh through their involvement with the Komala Party and armed hostilities against the government. Zanjar and Loghman Moradi were also charged with killing three people, including the son of the Friday Imam of the city of Marivan. Saleh Nikbakht, a lawyer from the two men, had been protesting the death sentence. And Ramin Hossein Panahi was arrested, while he was not armed, and on the contrary, he was shot at by the Revolutionary Guards.
Iranian authorities have also executed a Kurdish political activist in the city of Miyandawab, today, on Monday (September 10th) without the knowledge of the family and lawyer of the convict, according to Amjad Hussein Panahi, the brother of Ramin Hussein Panahi Detainee Kamal Ahmed Nejad was arrested in 2017 and executed today without providing a fair and transparent court.
Gulf European Centre for Human Rights strongly condemns the execution of Ramin Hussein Panahi, Zanyar Moradi, Loghman Moradi and Kamal Ahmen Jejad, and expresses sympathy with the families of these political prisoners and urges the international community to put pressure on Iran to abolish the death penalty. The Centre also urged the Iranian authorities to end human rights violations in Kurdistan and other parts of Iran.