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‘Imminent’ Iran Execution Must Be Halted, Urges UN Human Rights Office


The imminent execution in Iran of a man who was
allegedly tortured into confessing that he belonged to a
jihadist group must be stopped, the UN human rights office,
OHCHR, said on Friday.

The appeal, which came
a day before Javid Dehghan was due to be put to death,
follows a series of “at least 28” executions in
December, including people from ethnic minorities, such as
the Baluchi minority, to which Mr. Dehghan belongs. OHCHR
strongly-condemned the spate of State-sanctioned
killings.

#Iran:
We strongly condemn the series of executions – at least 28
– since mid-December, including of people from minority
groups. We urge the authorities to halt the imminent
execution of Javid Dehghan, to review his and other death
penalty cases in line with human rights
law.

— UN Human Rights
(@UNHumanRights)
January
29, 2021

OHCHR urged the
Iranian authorities to review Mr. Dehghan’s case in line
with human rights law, citing “serious fair trial
violations”.

It noted that he had been arrested in
May 2017 and sentenced to death for “taking up arms to
take lives or property and to create
fear”.

Solitary confinement, torture

After
being held in solitary confinement for 15 months and
tortured, the UN rights office said that Mr. Dehghan
confessed – and later retracted – being a member of a
jihadist group and that he had fatally shot two
Revolutionary Guards officials.

Despite requests for
appeal, his case was not subject to review, said OHCHR. In
December 2020, Mr. Dehghan’s lawyer submitted a request
for a review based on flaws during the process leading up to
Dehghan’s conviction.

The appeal was rejected by
Iran’s Supreme Court and the lawyer was notified four days
ago. While preparing a new request for retrial, the lawyer
was informed that the authorities had scheduled the
execution for 30 January, and had informed the family to
make their last visit.

Crackdown on
minorities

The development follows what OHCHR has
described as a crackdown on religious minorities in Iran
since mid-December 2020.

This has included a series of
executions of members of ethnic and religious minority
groups – in particular Kurdish, Ahwazi Arab and Baluch
communities, said OHCHR spokesperson Ravina
Shamdasani.

Highlighting the disproportionate nature
of the punishments, Ms. Shamdasani noted that “a large
number of the executions are based on charges that do not
amount to ‘most serious crimes’, including drug and
national security charges, and following serious
shortcomings of fair trial and due process
rights”.

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