Iran executed 694 people in the past six months, according to Amnesty International report. File photo
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Qamishli, Syria – Amnesty International reported on Friday that the Iranian authorities have executed 694 people since January this year, estimating three executions per day.
“The Iranian authorities are believed to have executed an astonishing 694 people between 1 January and 15 July 2015,” Amnesty reported. “This is equivalent to executing more than three people per day.”
At this shocking pace, Iran is set to surpass the total number of executions in the country recorded by Amnesty International for the whole of last year.
“Iran’s staggering execution toll for the first half of this year paints a sinister picture of the machinery of the state carrying out premeditated, judicially-sanctioned killings on a mass scale,” said Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.
“If Iran’s authorities maintain this horrifying execution rate we are likely to see more than 1,000 state-sanctioned deaths by the year’s end.”
Speaking to ARA News, human rights activist Abdul Majid Temir said: “The suppressive practices of the Iranian regime and its horrible violations against basic human rights come amid an international silence.”
“The international community is neglecting the sufferings of peaceful Iranian activists.”
“The criminal practices of the Iranian authorities committed against dissidents and politicians raise major concerns in the entire Middle East, not only in Iran,” Temir argued.
Temir pointed out that the “Shiite regime” persistently interferes in the internal affairs of all neighboring countries, causing unrest.
“The Iranian authorities suppresses its people publicly, and interferes in the internal affairs of its neighbors. We’ve seen no action by the international community in this regard,” he said.
“The recent convergence between the U.S. and Iranian interests came especially after the emergence of the Islamic State group in the region, showing concerns that its terrorism and brutality would spread across the region,” Temir told ARA News.
“Syrian people are subject to massacres at the hands of al-Assad regime with a clear Iranian support, and the silence of the Western powers contributes to the increased sectarian tension in the region.”
“West should bear its responsibility towards the deteriorating human rights issues in the Middle East,” he said.
Iran is experiencing the highest execution rates in the world along with China, according to human rights reports.
Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh
Source: ARA News