Human rights group calls on Iranian authorities to stop execution of Kurdish scholar

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Shahram Ahmadi, 41, was shot and wounded during his arrest by intelligence agents on April 26, 2009, according to groups (Courtesy iranhumanrights.org)

ARA News 

TEHRAN – Activists launched a human rights campaign to call on the Iranian authorities to stop the execution of a Kurdish scholar. 

Shahram Ahmadi was sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court in Iran, and the Office of the Supreme Judiciary confirmed the sentence in 2012 after a short trial. 

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reported that Ahmadi has been sentenced to deathdue to his pro-Kurdish activities. 

The group said that members of ethnic or religious minorities in Iran “are being harshly punished for criticizing the authorities”. 

“Making speeches, distributing books and pamphlets, or opposing the government are not capital offenses. Unfortunately, Judge Moghisseh said that Shahram’s first two crimes are that he’s a Sunni and a Kurd. Therefore, he was presumed guilty from the start,” a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. 

Ahmadi, 41, was shot and wounded during his arrest by intelligence agents on April 26, 2009, an event that coincided with supreme leader Ali Khamenei’s visit to Sanandaj in Kurdistan Province, according to the group.

Collective Executions   

The Iranian regime has executed dozens of opposition activists across the country by hanging them to death in public squares, local sources reported on Sunday. 

Iranian security forces last week arrested over 40 young activists, and executed at least 27 of them. 

“The authorities did not announce the real reason behind the execution of those people. It said they were a group of drug dealers, but this is a baseless charge fabricated to misguide international rights organisations. The victims were political activists and most of them were Kurds,” Iranian Kurdish politician Enwer Mohamadi told ARA News.

“We continue to witness these brutal executions in the streets of Iran, while the international community remains unable to take action against this totalitarian regime,” he said. 

This comes after several human rights organisations condemned brutal practices by the Iranian authorities, especially public execution of opposition figures and civil rights activities. According to reports, the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has executed at least 2500 people in the past two years.

Reporting by: Ehmed Sawes

Source: ARA News

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