The NGO Human Rights Watch on Friday condemned the death penalty in Iran to those charged with participating in protests against corruption or the deterioration of the country’s economy.
According to the organization, the Iranian courts have issued at least four death sentences since late June. Some of the defendants had limited access to their lawyers and were even tortured or ill-treated to obtain their confession.
“The Iranian version of ‘accountability’ appears to condemn people who have taken part in protests in unfair trials, rather than examining the overwhelming evidence of excessive violence and the deaths of hundreds of protesters who were shot.” argued the HRW researcher in Iran, Tara Sepehri Far.
The NGO has rejected the death penalty “under all circumstances” because it is “cruel and irreversible in nature”. “According to international standards, everyone has freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in accordance with the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran belongs,” continued HRW.