International Committee against Executions Urges Abolition of Death Penalty in Iran
Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr D. Khatynoghlu, A. Gasymova / The International Committee against Executions which functions in Germany and is presided by an Iranian human rights activist, Mina Ahadi, believes there is a necessity to exert pressure upon the Islamic regime in Iran, where courts make injustice decisions on the death penalty, according to the appeal of the organization.
Ahadi reported to Trend from Berlin on 6 August that the appeal of the organization says Iran should stop not only the current death penalty, but to abolish execution completely. "We ask all international organizations on human rights to become involved into the recent event in Iran and stop the murder of people," the appeal says.
The appeal was sent to Amnesty International and other human rights organizations in the world. According to Ahadi, the inmates personally requested that she inform international human rights organizations of their appeals and she has promised to do just that.
The number of executions has doubled in Iran compared to 2006. Iran is the first place in the world where the juveniles are executed. Notably, two Kurdish journalists were detained and recently sentenced to the death penalty in the country. Journalists Adnan Hasanpur and Hiva Butimar were detained in 2005 by Iran. The court of Marivan City (Iranian province of Kurdistan) has recently accused the journalists of activities directed against the national security of the country, transmitting secret military information to the opposition and the armed struggle against the Iranian authorities. The journalists' attorney who was appointed by the authorities, Mahammad Saleh Nikbakht, reported that the defendants had pleaded guilty to the accusation of 140 pages, but said that the trial had been held unfairly and the journalists could be executed. The attorney noted that the accusation against Hasanpur involved his professional activities.