Executions Archives – Page 2 of 41 – KHRN

May 6, 2024

Kurdish prisoner of conscience’s last meeting with family sparks execution fears

Khosrow Besharat, a Kurdish prisoner of conscience sentenced to death, had his last meeting with his family on 5 May in Ghezel Hesar prison in Karaj, Alborz province, heightening fears of his imminent execution. Besharat was transferred to solitary confinement on 1 May at the same times as the execution of his cousin and co-defendant Anvar Khezri. Five of Besharat’s co-defendants, Ghassem Abasteh, Ayoub Karimi, Davoud…

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May 6, 2024

Iran executes prisoner for murder-related charges in Kermanshah

Khosrow Babavaladeyni, a 65-year-old prisoner sentenced to death for “premeditated murder”, was executed on 1 May in Dizel Abad Prison in Kermanshah, Kermanshah Province. Babavaladeyni, a father of four from the village of Sarmaj Hosseinkhani in Harsin, Kermanshah Province, was arrested about 10 years ago and sentenced to death under the Islamic law of qisas, or retribution-in-kind, which gives the victim’s family the right to…

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May 2, 2024

Prisoner executed for murder-related charges in Kermanshah

Prisoner Ali Ashraf-Khani, who had been sentenced to death for “premeditated murder”, was executed on 1 May in Dizel Abad Prison in Kermanshah, Kermanshah Province. Ashraf-Khani, a 45-year-old man from Sarpol-e Zahab, Kermanshah Province, was arrested in 2017 and sentenced to death under the Islamic law of qisas, or retribution-in-kind, which gives the victim’s family the right to retaliate.

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May 2, 2024

Kurdish prisoner of conscience at imminent risk of execution in Karaj

Khosrow Besharat, a Kurdish prisoner of conscience on death row in Ghezel Hesar prison in Karaj, Alborz Province, who was transferred to solitary confinement for execution hours after the execution of his co-defendant Anvar Khezri on 1 May, is at imminent risk of execution. Besharat was one of seven Kurdish prisoners of conscience who had been sentenced to death in a joint case on charges…

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May 1, 2024

Prisoner executed for drug-related charges in Ardabil

Prisoner Faramarz Moradi was executed on 30 April for drug-related offences in Ardabil Central Prison in Ardabil Province. Moradi, a 31-year-old man from of the village of Harkian in Salmas, West Azerbaijan Province, was sentenced to death about four years ago on charges related to drugs. On 11 February, Nojoumi Moradi, the brother of Faramarz Moradi, was also executed on charges of “premeditated murder” in Orumiyeh…

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May 1, 2024

Iran executes Kurdish prisoner of conscience after 14 years in jail

Kurdish prisoner of conscience Anvar Khezri was executed this morning in Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj, Alborz Province, after 14 years in prison, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned. Khezri was one of seven Kurdish prisoners of conscience who had been sentenced to death in a joint case on charges of “spreading corruption on earth” (efsad-e fel arz). Four of Khezri’s co-defendants, Ghassem Abasteh,…

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April 25, 2024

Prisoner executed for murder-related charges in Saqqez

Farzad Khademi, a prisoner convicted of “premeditated murder”, was executed today in Saqqez Prison, in Kurdistan Province. He was transferred to solitary confinement on 23 April in preparation for his execution. Khademi, from of Saqqez, was arrested in July 2020 and sentenced to death under the Islamic law of qisas, or retribution-in-kind, which gives the victim’s family the right to retaliate.

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April 22, 2024

Prisoner executed for drug-related charges in Kerman

Jamal Mardani, a 54-year-old prisoner from Miandoab, West Azerbaijan Province, was executed on 21 April for drug-related offences in Kerman Central Prison, Kerman Province. The prisoner was transferred to solitary confinement for the execution on 19 April. Mardani, a father of four from the village of Gug Jalu in Miandoab, was arrested about four years ago.

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April 10, 2024

Human rights groups urge UNODC action on Iran’s drug-related executions

In a unified call, 82 Iranian and international human rights groups have urged the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to make any cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran against drug trafficking conditional on a total halt to drug-related executions, citing potential dire consequences if action is not taken. The joint statement emphasized: “The United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC)…

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PUBLICATIONS

Monthly Report of June 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Monthly Report of May 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Monthly Report of April 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Kurdistan Human Rights Network’s Annual Report

This report addresses the violations of the human rights of Kurdish civilians in Iran during the Iranian year 1402 (21 March 2023 – 19…

Monthly Report of March 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Monthly Report of February 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Extrajudicial executions: Ra’uf Sheikhi killing

Joint explanation of the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN, or Network) and the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran (ABC, or Center):…

Monthly Report of January 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Special report: 23 women killed, dozens arrested, sentenced, fired from jobs

This report details cases of femicide, suspicious deaths of women, as well as the arrest and imprisonment of Kurdish women activists and their removal…

Kurdistan Human Rights Network’s Annual Report – 2023

This 2023 report details human rights violations of the Kurds in Iran. As in previous years, the violations span across the spectrum of linguistic,…

Monthly Report of December 2023

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Monthly Report of June 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of Kurdish civilians in different regions and cities across Iran.

This report includes all cases recorded and reported by KHRN from across Iran through its own sources and verification mechanisms from 1 June to 30 June.

The restrictive environment for independent human rights organisations in Iran, coupled with the pressures faced by individuals subjected to human rights violations and their families, make it difficult to publish accurate and comprehensive reports.

It is therefore important to note that the statistics and information presented in this report do not cover all cases of human rights violations. This report is the result of examining news and reports published by the KHRN and fact-checking of reports published by other human rights organisations and news websites.

Femicide

In June, two women were killed by their husbands in Piranshahr and Sanandaj over alleged “family disputes”.

Kolbars and tradesmen

During this period, at least two kolbars were shot dead and nine kolbars were injured by Iranian border guards.

Of the injured, three were shot while six others were beaten by the border guards.

Civilian killings

In early June, at least two Kurdish civilians were killed by Iranian border guards in Oshnavieh.

On 2 June, Mohammad Ali Shiro was shot and wounded by border guards while collecting spring plants.

On 8 June, Jafar Gardi was shot and wounded by border guards on the suspicion of carrying contraband.

Landmine explosions

On 17 June, Hadi Ghoncheh-Doust, a civilian, was killed in a landmine explosion in Baneh.

Detentions and arrests

Throughout June, Iranian forces arrested at least 14 individuals, including two Yarsani civilians, an activist and a 73-year-old man.

At least two of the detained civilians were sent to Naqadeh Prison to serve prison sentences.

Sentences

Over the past month, Iranian courts have sentenced at least nine people to punishments ranging from one year to three years and four months in prison.

Meanwhile, in early June, the Amnesty Commission overturned the death sentence of Kurdish Sunni cleric Mohammad Khezrnezhad.

  • Femicide
  • Kolbars and tradesmen
  • Civilian killings
  • Landmine explosions
  • Detentions and arrests
  • Sentences
NameIncident locationIncident dateExplanation
1Leyla PaymardPiranshahr16 June 32 years old, mother of two daughters aged 13 and 9, was set on fire by her husband due to family disputes and died four days later in Orumiyeh hospital
2Narmin PirahmanSanandaj23 JuneKilled by husband with multiple stab wounds in front of an office in Sanandaj as a result of “family dispute and conflict over divorce”
NameFromIncident locationIncident dateDead/InjuredExplanation
1Mozaffar Asad-RokhMarivanMarivan3 JuneInjuredShot by border guards
2Parviz GhaderiSaqqezBaneh4 JuneInjuredShot by border guards
3 Salah (surname unknown)Sarvabad, MarivanTateh, Hawraman, Marivan4 JuneInjuredShot by border guards
4Hazhir MahmoudpourJavanrudNowsud5 JuneKilledShot by border guards
5Shadman PayaMarivanTateh, Hawraman, Marivan10 JuneInjuredBeaten by border guards
6Naseh (surname unknown)Kalatrazan, SanandajTateh, Hawraman, Marivan10 JuneInjuredBeaten by border guards
7Arman HosseiniSaqqezBaneh11 JuneInjuredShot by border guards
8Arkan BalvasehMarivanTateh, Hawraman, Marivan21 JuneKilled29 years old, not carrying goods, shot by border guards
9Mohammad KakiBanehBaneh26 JuneInjured21 years old, shot by border guards
10Omid MoradiMarivanTateh, Hawraman, Marivan28 JuneInjuredBeaten by border guards
11Shirzad ChawshiniBanehBaneh29 JuneInjuredBeaten and shot by border guards
NameFromLocationDateOrganizationExplanation
1Mohammad Ali ShiroOshnaviehOshnavieh2 JuneOshnavieh border guardsShot and wounded by border guards while collecting spring plants
2Jafar GardiOshnaviehOshnavieh8 JuneOshnavieh border guardsShot and wounded by border guards on the suspicion of carrying contraband
NameFromLocation of incidentDate of incidentStatus
1Hadi Ghoncheh-DoustBanehBaneh17 JuneKilled
NameFromDetention locationDetention dateActivityLocation held and latest status
1Matin (Zanyar) MehdizadehOshnaviehOshnavieh2 JuneCivilian
2Adel Haji KhelaniSi Sar village, SardashtSardasht2 JuneCivilian
3Younes NabizadehDalo villageOrumiyeh6 JuneCivilian
4Reza BabrnezhadQuchanQuchan6 JuneFamily member of killed civilian
5Heidar FatahiMarivanMarivan8 JuneCivilian
6Mohammad Amin MohammadiPiranshahrPiranshahr10 June73-year-old civilianTaken to Naqadeh Prison to serve 2 years
7Farid BadidastDivandarrehDivandarreh12 JuneCivilian
8Pourya MennatiSahnehKermanshahJuneYarsani civilian
9Shoja MennatiSahnehKermanshahJuneYarsani civilian
10Jafar (Dara) AminiBukanBukan15 JuneFormer political prisoner and civil rights activist
11Esmaeil Pour-AbdollahBukanBukanMid-JuneCivilian
12Salah SouriPiranshahrPiranshahrMid-JuneCivilian
13Edris DadrasMarivanMarivan25 JuneCivilian, beaten during arrest
14Akam KhezrnezhadPiranshahrPiranshahr30 JuneCivilianTaken to Naqadeh Prison to serve 2 years
NameResident ofCharged withDate sentencedIssuing courtSentenceExplanation
1Mohammad KhezrnezhadBukanSpreading corruption on earth, harming the integrity of the country’s independence, propaganda against the stateEarly JuneAmnesty CommissionCancellation of the death sentenceKurdish Sunni cleric
2Yousef Haji-KhoshOshnaviehAction against national security through collaboration with one of the opposition partiesMid-JuneIslamic Revolutionary Court in Oshnavieh3 years and 4 months imprisonment Member of the Central Council and Executive Board of the United Kurdish Front
3Farhad SheikhiSaqqezPropaganda against the Islamic Republic of IranMid-JuneBranch One of Islamic Revolutionary Court in Karaj1 year imprisonment, 2 years ban on leaving Iran, 2 years life in exile Divandarreh, ban on living in Alborz and Tehran provinces for two yearsLabour activist
4Morteza SeyyediKamyaranForming a group with the intention of disrupting the security of the country22 JuneBranch Two of Islamic Revolutionary Court in Shahriar2 years of imprisonment including previous detentionLabour activist
5Mehdi MajidiBukanSupporting the Israeli government, propaganda against the state, insulting the leadership23 JuneCourt of Appeal of Orumiyeh Confirmation of the sentence of 3 years imprisonmentCivilian
6Matin HassaniBukanEnticing or inciting people to fight and kill each other with the intention of disrupting the country’s security, propaganda against the state25 JuneBranch 101 of Criminal Court Two in Bukan31 months imprisonment