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Iran executes 2 men for blasphemy

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Iran Monday executed two males in Arak Central Jail in Iran, following a number of convictions confirmed by the Supreme Courtroom of Iran. In accordance with the human rights organisation Iran Human Rights, these hangings are the newest of 42 executions carried out in Iran within the final ten days.

Mizan, a state-linked information supply for Iran’s judiciary, introduced the executions of Yousuf Mehrdad and Sadrollah Fazeli Zare on Monday morning. Previous to their loss of life sentences, Mehrdad and Fazeli Zare have been arrested in 2020 for blasphemy-related allegations, together with 5 others believed to be concerned within the operating of anti-Islamic teams and on-line Telegram channels that the Islamic Republic deemed insulting. Following their arrest, they have been stored in solitary confinement for 2 months and allegedly denied household visits and cellphone calls.

Each males have been sentenced to loss of life following a number of expenses associated to the operating of those teams. Mehrdad was convicted of insulting the Prophet (Sabb-ul-Nabi) and insulting sacred issues, whereas Fazeli Zare was convicted of rejecting Islam (apostasy), insulting the Prophet, blasphemy of the Prophet’s mom, desecration of the Quran by burning, insulting sacred issues and publishing non-public photographs of others with out consent.

The Norway-based human rights group, Iran Human Rights, has condemned the actions and regime of Iran within the wake of those executions. The deaths of Mehrdad and Fazeli Zare comply with shortly after the execution of Swedish-Iranian political activist Habib Chaab, 3 of 194 executions in Iran in 2023 alone. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, who leads Iran Human Rights, commented on the scenario through Twitter, calling for an finish to those executions:

The execution of Yousef and Sadrollah for “insulting the Prophet” shouldn’t be solely a merciless act by a medieval regime, additionally it is a severe insult to the liberty of expression- these executions should be a turning level within the relations between the Islamic Republic and nations respecting the liberty of expression. Lack of a powerful response by the worldwide neighborhood sends a inexperienced gentle to the the Islamic Republic and their ideological allies worldwide, and can put the liberty of expression in severe hazard in all places!

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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