Execution of two prisoners accused of connection with Israel and kidnapping
Two prisoners accused of connection with Israel and kidnapping, Manouchehr Shahbandi of Bejandi and Milad Ashrafi of Atbatan, were executed in Gohardasht prison.
According to the report of the Iranian Human Rights Society, in the past days, November 29 and 30, 2022, two prisoners accused of connection with Israel and kidnapping, Manouchehr Shahbandi Bejandi and Milad Ashrafi Atbatan, were executed in Gohardasht prison.
Both prisoners were transferred from solitary confinement 5 of Gohardasht Prison (Rajai Shahr) to execute the sentence.
Before this, the judiciary had laid the groundwork for the execution of the sentence of these prisoners by publishing news. The judiciary had announced that Hossein Urdukhanzadeh, Shahin Imani Mahmudabad, Milad Ashrafi Atbatan and Manouchehr Shahbandi BeJandi were sentenced to death on the charge of collaboration with Israel and kidnapping.
They were accused that these four prisoners participated in the kidnapping of a member of the Quds Force named Mansour Rasouli. There is no information about the fate of the other two accused prisoners in this case.
Including the execution of these two prisoners, at least 449 people were executed since the beginning of Iranian year 1401. This is while many executions are carried out secretly and the news is not published anywhere, so the actual number of executions is much higher than this figure.
On Thursday, November 24, the 35th special session of the Human Rights Council was held on the worsening situation of human rights in Iran. The request to hold this meeting was announced and supported by 50 countries. In this session, the United Nations Human Rights Council approved a resolution based on which an international fact-finding committee should be formed about Iran’s protests.
The UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran accused the Iranian government officials of launching a new campaign to execute prisoners.
Mr. Federico Villegas, President of the Human Rights Council, said in her opening speech about the holding of this meeting:
The request was supported by the following observer countries: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Australia. Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Guatemala, Iceland, Israel, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Romania, Peru, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Uruguay.
Based on Council Resolution 1/5, the Secretariat notified the request for convening a special meeting to all member countries. And provided the information to specialized agencies and other intergovernmental organizations and national human rights institutions. Also, non-governmental organizations with consultative status in ECOSOC were notified based on the internal rules of the councils.
In this meeting, the representative of Canada said in a part of his speech: We ask Iran to end all violence. Refrain from charging peaceful protesters with charges that carry the death penalty. Recognize all human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the rights to freedom of expression, and freedom of religion or belief; and ensure credible investigations into all human rights abuses.
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