GECHR condemns the execution of three Balochi in Iran

 

Gulf European Centre for Human Rights (GECHR)

 

GECHR condemns the execution of three Balochi in Iran

4th September 2018

 

Baloch Activists Campaign from Iran reported that the Iranian authorities have executed three Balochi political prisoners in Zahedan prison on Monday, September 3rd after they had been transferred to solitary confinement cells on Saturday, 1st September 2018.

According to the Baluchi Human Rights organisations, Mr. Dur Mohammad Shah Bakhsh, 21 years of age, and Ismael Shah Bakhsh, 25 years old, both from the city of Zahedan; and Hayatullah Touti Zahi, 24 years of age, Pakistani national, were executed in the central prison in the city of Zahedan in Baluchistan.

These prisoners were arrested on July 7, 2015, on charges of involving with the opposition groups, dangerous for security and participating in an armed clash with the security forces. The three prisoners rejected all these charges. Baloch Human Rights organisations reported that the three prisoners were tortured during detention.  

The Baluchistan region (Sistan and Baluchistan province) is located in eastern Iran and borders Pakistan, has more than 3 million population according to the Iranian statistics, however, the Baluchi activists believe that the population in Baluchistan is much higher than the three million. People in Baluchistan suffer from Iranian persecution since 1979, however, the Baluchi believe that the persecution began in 1928, but has been increased since 1979.

Poverty and deprivations of the fundamentals of life are forcing the Baluchi to oppose the Iranian authorities. The authorities use extremism ideas and attitudes to suppress Baloch citizens. For instance, Baluch activists stated that about 3,000 villages in Baluchistan cannot access drinking water network; the river is dried by the authorities which affected agriculture in the region; poverty, homelessness, and unemployment have massively increased, in which caused the vast majority of people in Baluchistan to live under extreme poverty line.

Therefore, the Gulf European Centre for Human Rights condemns the Iranian ill-treatment in Baluchistan in general and the execution against the three political prisoners in Baluchistan. The centre urges the Iranian authorities to avoid using violence to stop the demands of Baluch demonstrators demanding freedom of expression, political and cultural rights, economic development and the right to life.

The Gulf-European Centre for Human Rights calls for the immediate release of all detainees in Baluchistan, and offer a fair trial and offer access to a lawyer for all Baluch activists.

The Centre also urged international human rights organisation to increase their pressure on Iranian authorities in order to end persecution and discrimination against a Baluch population in Iran. The Iranian authorities must end execution and life imprisonment charge against Baluch activists. 

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