Iran: 420 officially-announced executions under Khatami

In a letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Iranian Resistance announced that 420 executions have been officially announced since Mohammad Khatami became president in 1997. More than 140 of these executions have been carried out in 1999, 41 of them since May 1. This is yet another indicator of the worsening human rights situation in Iran. In the same period, 10 people have been stoned to death, including four women.

Addressing High Commissioner Mary Robinson, Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance, wrote: "The real number of executions - which for the most part are carried out in secret - goes far beyond the figures the government makes public. Summary and arbitrary executions, a routine practice by the ruling mullahs' security and intelligence agencies, have not been taken into account. In May, for example, the mullahs' regime re-established control over Khorram-Abad Prison in western Iran after bloody clashes following a prison riot in protest against the dreadful, inhuman conditions prevailing there. Special anti-riot units of the Revolutionary Guards were brought to the scene and a number of prisoners.

Mohaddessin drew the High Commissioner's attention to a list compiled by the National Council of Resistance of 47 victims of "political killings" or abduction by the Intelligence Ministry's agents in Iran since 1995. He mentioned the mullahs' bizarre and ridiculous "script" about the "suicide" by one the "main elements involved in the killings" and described it as a clumsy effort by Iran's ruling clerics to cover up this disastrous fiasco. Mr. Mohaddessin underlined the importance of sending an international fact-finding mission to Iran to uncover the clerical regime's secret executions and the way they are carried out, as well as the facts about the recent political murders. He emphasized that the mission must be accompanied by a representative of the Iranian Resistance.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
June 24, 1999

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