Women’s Forum Against Fundamentalism in Iran


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                          


Public Statement

CONTACT: press@wfafi.org   

January 23, 2009

The Iranian Regime Hangs 22 People in Two Days

BOSTON, MA- The Iranian State-owned media reported that 22 people were executed in different parts of the country on Tuesday January 20th and Wednesday January 21st. The charges varied from "murder" to "robbery" and "drug trafficking". According to the State-run Fars news agency, 6 people were executed in a prison in the central city of Yazd on Tuesday. A man only identified by his first name, Gholam, was hanged in Karaj in northern Tehran on the same day.

Another 3 men were hanged in Yazd on Wednesday. Ten people were mass executed in Tehran while those awaiting execution in a month watched the horrifying images. Two other individuals identified as Jan Mohammad M., 41; and Reza M., 34, were hanged in a prison in the central province of Isfahan.

Tehran's regime has a long history of murdering dissidents and average citizens on bogus charges. In the past several months numerous university students and women's activists have been arrested all over the country for standing up and voicing their opposition to the treatment they receive under the clerical rule in Iran. Any voice of dissent is suppressed and anyone who dares to speak out is incarcerated, tortured and executed. The scenes of public hangings of teenagers, men, women, homosexuals and anyone who dares to oppose the tyranny are the common sights in the streets of Iranian cities. Despite a moratorium announced by their judiciary in 2002, the clerical regime has resumed the appalling and inhumane practice of stoning. On January 13th, two people accused of adultery were stoned to death in northeastern city of Mashad.

The Women's Forum Against Fundamentalism in Iran (WFAFI) calls upon President Obama's Administration and other western governments, human rights organizations and the United Nations to stand up to these brutalities of the ruling dictators in Tehran. It is time to hold the clerics responsible for gross violations of human rights including the brutal practices of stoning and hanging. The Islamic Fundamentalist regime in Iran with all its leaders must be brought to justice for severe violations of human rights,

WFAFI reiterates calls for an end to all the public hangings and stoning in Iran. The world must pressure the Tehran to observe the rights of their citizens. Iran's human rights dossier should be brought to the United Nations Security Council and the regime's leaders must be tried in the International Criminal Court.

WFAFI reminds Washington and the West that no amount of engagement with Tehran's atrocious dictators would stop their brutal behavior. The history of the past 30 years has proven that appeasement of the theocracy in Iran has only embolden the mullahs internal suppression. The policy towards the mullahs must be based on the human rights values and support of the Iranian people. This horrific regime must not be rewarded by more futile talks. The west must support Iranian people and their just resistance against their oppressors.



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