Shocking and distressing video footage documenting a recent public execution by regime forces in the Islamic Republic of Iran has recently emerged, quickly going viral online since its release.
In the covertly filmed video footage, dated February 25, a large crowd has been assembled in a street in the city of Karaj near Tehran to watch the execution of the unidentified, handcuffed young man, with no indication given before, during or after the gruesome public killing of the charges against him.
The young man can be heard pleading with the regime’s masked executioners for a final chance to embrace his mother, who is in the crowd, with the executioners and regime security personnel refusing to allow him even this heart-rending final request.
After they deny him the chance to say goodbye to his mother, the young man breaks down, becoming visibly agitated, repeatedly kicking over a small ladder to be used in the execution and struggling against the executioners and guards. At one point, he breaks free for a moment from his guards and attempts to escape, the prisoner becomes defiant, visibly agitated, and publicly attempts to resist the start of the execution process, sadly to no avail.
As he is hanged, his heartbroken mother can be heard shouting words of love to her son and imprecations at the regime for its brutal act.
The Iranian regime carries out hundreds of executions every year, using the death penalty to instill fear and repress its political opponents and activities from oppressed nationalities within Iran.
According to a report that was issued by Human Rights Watch on the 26th of July, 2016, the Iranian regime has executed approximately 250 persons in the first six months of the year. Compared to the last two years this rate of execution has decreased, however, this huge number of executions is yet considered a dramatic ascent in the aged formality of the death penalty. Iran is second only to China globally in its per capita rate of executions.
In addition, it is believed that there is secrecy surrounding the recorded figures. This suggests that Iran tries to distort the number of executions for the purpose of censoring information regarding the persecution of political and cultural dissidents, especially oppressed ethnic minorities, such as Arab Ahwazis, Kurdish and Baluch activists. For instance, as was reported by Human Rights Watch, the authorities in Iran executed twenty Sunni prisoners without a fair trial on August 2016. The real number of executions is much higher than the statistics released by the regime. It is also hard for human rights organizations to keep track of the real numbers.
The significant rise of executions peaked in 2015 as reported by several human rights organizations, which were in agreement with Amnesty figures. More than 977 inmates were executed during the last year exceeding all previously recorded numbers.
Moreover, the Iranian regime has a black history in relation to human rights violations. Since the victory of the revolution in 1979, theocratic and fundamentalist groups began implementing terrorist methods to impose their opinions and extremist ideas onto the Iranian people. This has led to the authorities committing outrageous and disgraceful crimes against the people. The most haunting crime recorded was the mass executions in 1988 when the supreme leader of the Iranian Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini issued his order which was known as Fatwa. The Islamic revolutionary commissions were established to eradicate the leftist and socialist parties such as the Tudeh party, Mujahidin, and Fadian and their supporters as well as the political parties and movements of oppressed nationalities inside Iran such as Khalgh e Arab and Kurdish Revolutionary parties.
According to sources from the Mujahidin, whose members and supporters were mainly targeted, around 30,000 political prisoners were hanged during one year.
The administration of President Rouhani was expected to be more democratic, with Rouhani widely characterized as a moderate because of his stances on political freedom, cultural rights, and economic inequality. Despite his election campaign’s beautiful slogans regarding democracy and freedom, his Presidency has shown this to be the mere word. The execution rate actually increased under his administration. Statistics collated by Amnesty and Human Rights Watch confirm the view that Iranian regime is one of the worst regimes in the world and that the human rights situation of human rights is worsening
This is a regime that cannot be reformed – the fierceness, hatred are rooted into the system of the Iranian ruling class.
It is also worth noting that prior to the last presidential election in 2013, the West, including the United States of America, and various Western European governments, have ameliorated their relationships with Iran, unperturbed by these horrific human rights violations.
Almost all the victims of the Iranian ruling class come from nations and groups opposing the ruthless policies of oppression, which have been implemented by the most reactionary regime in the globe. Based on a variety of sources, Iranian authorities have been trying to command the country through implanting fear in the eyes of Iranian society, particularly the working class. One of the most significant organizations which enforce this barbaric and inhuman policy is the revolutionary court, which has a black record in suppressing organization against the regime.
Death penalty and public executions are the most horrific ways through which the regime menaces its oppositions such as Arab Ahwazis and Kurds. According to different reports and research, the regime has been exercising and following terrorist policies to prevent any uprising in advance. On the contrary to the so-called reformist and moderate elected government’s slogans, the Rouhani administration has committed the highest number of executions during last 25 years.