The Iranian regime: The collective execution of women and men because of their religious belief

Under fundamentalist clerical regime led by Supreme leader Ali Khamenei. Male and female executions became frequent – often for refusing to convert from their none Shia faith or recognize Shia faith or for being a member of an anti-regime political group.  Men and women were hanged in large groups in Tehran and Ahwaz prisons from cranes and forklift trucks. Each crane jib or forklift had a wooden or steel beam to which the nooses was attached and when the preparations were complete, the prisoners were simply hoisted into the air.

There are no accurate records of just how many men, women, and girls were executed in the first years of the Revolution. There is a credible list of 14,028 names available and some sources claim figures of several tens of thousands, although these are not substantiated with names. According to a report published by the Organization of Women against Execution in Iran, at least 2,000 women were executed between June 1981 and 1990. They have been able to prepare a list containing 1,428 names. 187 of these women were under the age of 18, with nine girls under the age of 13 and 14 between the ages of 45 and 70. The youngest girl executed was just 10 years old. Thirty-two of these women were reported to have been pregnant at the time of their execution. Many of those executed were high school and college students. Hanging was the most common method of execution for women, although some were shot. (Large numbers of men were shot during this period