Iran – Human Rights: 11 inmates hanged, dozens killed or wounded as guards open fire

Anti-riot prison guards maneuvering in a prison in Iran
Maryam Rajavi: International Community’s silence vis-à-vis these crimes is disgraceful

NCRI – This morning, (Monday, August 18) at least 11 prisoners were hanged en masse in Qezel Hessar Prison in the town of Karaj (west of Tehran). More inmates may have been hanged according to some reports.

Four of the victims were named, Hamed Rabii, Milad Rabii, Ebrahim and Mansour.

Sunday afternoon, following the transfer of their cellmates to the execution hall, a large number of inmates in ward two of Qezel Hessar prison staged a protest. Anti-riot Special Forces attacked them and immediately opened fire, killing and injuring dozens of inmates.

Initial reports say that at least five inmates have been killed.

Special Forces have surrounded the Prison’s wards two and three, where death row inmates are housed.

Simultaneously, suppressive forces attacked the prisoners’ families who had gathered outside the prison to protest against the killing of their children. They tried to disperse them by firing teargas and shooting in the air.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, said that the arbitrary and mass execution of the prisoners and opening fire on defenseless inmates reflected the savagery of the religious fascism ruling Iran on the one hand, and its vulnerability and desperation on the other. She added that through torture, execution, intimidation and terror, the criminal mullahs were trying to thwart the rise in popular protests.

Underscoring that the international community’s silence vis-à-vis these atrocities had scarred the conscience of the world public, Mrs. Rajavi called on the United Nations Security Council, the Secretary General, the European Union, the United States and all human rights organizations to decisively condemn these crimes.

She stressed that continuing and expanding economic ties with the clerical regime must be predicated upon the halt in executions and improvement in the situation of human rights in Iran. Mrs. Rajavi added: Turning a blind eye to human rights abuses in Iran on the pretext of engaging in nuclear talks will only embolden the ruling mullahs to perpetrate more atrocities and to continue its disregard for UN Security Council resolutions.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
August 18, 2014

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