Thirteen Were Executed in a Month for Rape

HRANA News Agency – The Statistics, Publications and Achievements Division of Human Rights Activists in Iran has reported that thirteen prisoners accused of rape have been executed in various cities throughout Iran during the last thirty days.According to the policy set forth by Iran’s Judiciary Branch, twelve of these individuals were hanged in public in order to set examples and frighten the masses.

These executions have been happening while in recent days, the news of gang-rapes in Esfahan and Kashmar has caused increasingly sharp criticism of the Judiciary System that has failed to assist the victims who called the emergency services for help.

According to the report released by the Statistics, Publications and Achievements Division of Human Rights Activists in Iran, nine prisoners were also hanged in different cities throughout Iran from mid April to mid May.

It seems as if punishing the perpetrators of rape violently has produced reverse effects in dealing with this harmful social phenomenon such that the spokesman for Iran’s Judiciary Branch has indirectly pointed out that there are tens of rapes cases only in the city of Kashmar.


Hasan Hussianpour Beaten by Rajai-Shahr Prison Officials

HRANA News Agency – Prison officials at Rajai-Shahr Prison in the city of Karaj have beaten and battered Hasan Hussianpour and locked him up in solitary confinement.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), In mid May of this year, Hasan Hussianpour who is a regular prisoner was attacked and beaten by other inmates.He was subsequently transferred to the prison hospital and then to solitary confinement.Afterwards, because he protested to being locked up in an isolation cell, Hasan Hussianpour was beaten again but this time by prison officials.

Hasan Hussianpour was once more transferred to the prison hospital while being in critical condition.After he received stitches for his wounds, and his other injuries were treated, he was locked up in a solitary confinement in Ward 1 again.Although his wounds have not healed, prison officials refuse to provide further medical care to him.

It has been reported that after 45 days of solitary confinement, Hasan Hussianpour’s wounds have been infected, and he is in critical condition.


Two Prisoners in Nishapur Hanged in Public

HRANA News Agency – On Thursday morning, May 9, 2011, two prisoners were hanged in public in the city of Nishapur, [Khorasan Province.]

In an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Mahmoud Rafsanjani, the Chief Justice of Nishapur, identified the prisoners “Mohammad M.” and “Mokhtar A.”While Mahmoud Rafsanjani didn’t disclose the prisoners’ ages, he further explained that they were charged with raping a woman.

On Wednesday, May 8, 2011, another prison in the city of Kerman was also executed.


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Failure to Provide Medical Care to Kourosh Kohkan in Evin

HRANA News Agency – Iranian government officials have denied medical care to Kourosh Kohkan who is a social activist locked up in Evin Prison since January 2010.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Kourosh Kohkan suffers from meniscus tear (torn cartilage) of the knee caused while intelligence agents were interrogating and torturing him in Evin Prison.

In April 2011, Kourosh Kohkan went on hunger strike to demand medical care and surgery for his knee.Subsequently, he was transferred to Taleghani Hospital and had a knee operation.Upon his return to Evin Prison after the surgery, due to the lack of medical care, the surgical site became severely infected.So far, prison officials have refused to provide further medical treatment to this political prisoner.

Judge Pierabasi presiding over the Revolutionary Court, Branch 26, has sentenced Kourosh Kohkan to three years and six months in prison and 74 lashes.For the time being, Kourosh Kohkan is serving his sentence in Evin Prison, Ward 350.


Two Hanged in Tehran and Salmas

HRANA News Agency – On May 23, 2011, An Azeri citizen in Salmas Prison [West Azerbaijan Province] and an Afghani in Evin Prison were hanged.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Abdullah Jaber and Mohammad Kosha were hanged on May 23, 2011.Judicial authorities announced that these prisoners were charged with drug trafficking.

Jame Jam Newspaper has reported that a citizen of Afghanistan was hanged on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 in Evin Prison on charges of killing his wife.Additionally, a Blauchi prisoner was executed in Evin Prison.

Adding these executions to this month’s total, two individuals have been hanged every twenty four hours during this month.

Explosive Situation at Yazd Prison

HRANA News Agency – The Chief Justice of Yazd Province has said, “Unfortunately, physical conditions in Yazd prison are very poor such that the situation has reached an explosive point.”

According to a report by the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), Gholam Hossein Heydari has visited the central prison in Yazd and toured different facilities such as various wards, exercise facilities, cultural centers, hospitals, vocational and training centers and prison cells.As a result, the Chief Justice has been abreast of issues and problems.

Gholam Hossein Heydari stated that the lack of enough physical space and especially overcrowded prison cells is the major problem and added, “The lack of sufficient physical space has reached an explosive point such that currently, there is not adequate resting and sleeping space available for most prisons.”

The Chief of Judicial Council in Yazd Province said that it was necessary to remedy the situation as soon as possible.He also expressed hope that with appropriate funding, the construction of a new prison in Yazd would take place, and by imposing alternative forms of punishment other than imprisonment, the problems could be resolved.


Four Prisoners Hanged in Kerman

HRANA News Agency – Four prisoners convicted of drug trafficking were hanged in Kerman’s central prison after their death sentences were confirmed by Iran’s Attorney General.

According to the justice court in Kerman Province, one prisoner was convicted of possessing 980 grams of heroin and 28 grams of opium, and two other individuals were guilty of trafficking 137 kilos and 200 grams of opium.The fourth prisoner was convicted of transporting and possessing 26 kilos and 257 grams of heroin, 55 kilos of morphine and 39 grams of opium.

Iranian judicial authorities declined requests for amnesty or pardon and didn’t commute prisoners’ sentences.