Iranian authorities executed seven prisoners today, bringing the total number of fatal those executed in February to at least 13.
Six man and a woman convicted of murder were executed today in Rajaei Shahr Prison on Wednesday, February 17.
Among the executed prisoners is “Zahra Esmaili” who was transferred yesterday from Qarchak prison in Varamin to Rajai Shahr prison in the city of Karaj west of the capital where she was prepared for execution.
The execution of Zahra Esmaili marks the execution of the 114th woman during Rouhani’s tenure as the regime’s president.
Zahra Esmaili was a victim of domestic violence and had murdered her husband in self-defense. Her husband, a detective police officer frequently battered her.
The 42 year mother of two was transferred to solitary confinement in a group of 10 death-row prisoners on Monday, February 15. She had been serving her jail sentence in the notorious Qarchak Prison.
The clerical regime seeks to prevent escalation of popular protests by these executions, extensive arbitrary arrests, and other repressive measures.
Iran HRM once again calls on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Council and other institutions defending human rights to take urgent action to save the lives of Iranian prisoners on death row. The Iranian regime’s dossier of human rights violations must be referred to the UN Security Council. The leaders and officials of the clerical regime in Iran must face justice for four decades of committing crimes against humanity.