USA expressed his outrage on Tuesday over the execution in Iran of Majid Reza Rahnavard, the second protester hanged by the authorities for his participation in the protests that shake the country.
“We condemn in the strongest terms the public execution of Iranian protester Majid Reza Rahnavard after a sham trial,” said the undersecretary of the US Department of StateWendy Sherman.
The senior official added that said execution was “another outrageous act intended to silence the brave Iranians who have peacefully protested for their rights.”
Majid Reza Rahnavard was hanged this Monday in public in the holy city of Mashad (northeast) after being sentenced to death for the alleged murder of two security agents during the protests triggered by the case of Mahsa Aminia young woman who died in police custody after being arrested for wearing the mandatory headscarf incorrectly.
The executed youth was arrested on November 19thaccused on the 24th and his trial was held on the 29th, the same day he was sentenced to death, after allegedly confessing his crimes, according to Iranian media.
Rahnavard’s execution occurred four days after the first hanging of a prisoner convicted of participating in the recent wave of protests, which have already resulted in nine death sentences.
This Monday, the spokesman for the Department of State North American, ned price He also referred to the death sentences by the Iranian regime against demonstrators participating in the protests that have shaken the country for three months and estimated that these death sentences show that the Islamic Republic he is afraid of his own people.
“These harsh sentences, and now the first public execution (by the demonstrations) are intended to intimidate the people of Iran, are intended to suppress dissent and just show how much the Iranian leadership is afraid of their own people,” he added.
In the UNspokesman Stephane Dujarric called for an end to executions, saying “there is no place for capital punishment.”
For his part, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Anthony Guterresestimated that “the circumstances were particularly cruel”, as revealed by Dujarric.
“There is no place for capital punishment and we want to ensure that no more executions are carried out,” the United Nations spokesman said. Farhan Haq.
Haq said that the UN has conveyed its concern to Iran at various levels and has urged Tehran on the need to allow non-violent protests.
“We want to make sure that there is no excessive use of force and that the right to peaceful protest and assembly are respected. Right now, on the ground, there are very worrying signs that this is not happening,” the spokesperson said.
According to the NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR), based in Oslo, in these three months of protests At least 400 people have already died and some 15,000 arrests have been made. Among the deceased there are at least 44 minors, 34 of them from shots with live ammunition to the head or vital organs, according to Amnesty International (AI) denounced today.
IHR director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said Rahnavard “was sentenced to death based on coerced confessions after a grossly unfair trial and a show trial”.
“The public execution of a young protester, 23 days after his arrest, is another serious crime committed by the leadership of the Islamic Republic and a significant escalation in the level of violence against protesters,” he told the agency. AFP.
(With information from EFE and AFP)