Human Rights Groups Condemn Iranian ‘Surge’ in Executions

Mideast Iran ExecutionBY: :

Human rights groups are expressing outrage over what they called a shocking “surge” in executions in Iran following the weekend hangings of some 20 inmates.

Iranian authorities carried out mass executions over the weekend, hanging 20 inmates including several so-called “rebels” who stood accused of various crimes.

Iran has executed more than 500 people this year, according to the human rights group Amnesty International, which is leading a campaign to save the lives of two Iranian inmates slated for execution.

Human rights activists said that the mass executions are proof that Iran is not serious about reforming its extremist ways.

“This surge in executions shows that behind words and promises, the Iranian authorities continue to rely on state-sponsored killing, sparking fears that Zaniar Moradi and Loghman Moradi, two Kurdish minority prisoners on death row, could be next,” Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, the deputy director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa programs, said in a statement on Monday.

“These and all other executions must be halted immediately,” said Sahraoui. “While the Iranian authorities have a responsibility to bring those suspected of criminal offences to justice, the death penalty should never be used, as it is the ultimate cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment.”

Iran is known for quickly condemning and executing many types of lawbreakers, including drug runners, thieves, and other petty criminals.

One of the men hanged over the weekend was sentenced to death after “a five-minute trial in March 2010,” according to Amnesty. At least eight others had been convicted of drug-related crimes.

The regime’s commitment to death by hanging drew international headlines earlier this month when Iranian authorities vowed to re-hang a man who survived his first trip to the gallows.

The man reportedly spent 12 minutes in a noose that had been suspended from a crane. Executions in Iran often draw a large crowd and are advertised beforehand by officials.

Iran is also one of the world’s leaders in the execution of children.

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The Noose Around Israel’s Neck

by DANIEL  GREENFIELD

Israel is being hanged on a public gallows erected on the grounds of the  United Nations with yards of rope gleefully supplied by the Muslim world. But  the hangmen are mostly Westerners who still think that the Muslim lynch mob at  their doorstep can be pacified with the death of a single victim.

There are three things you can do when you are about to be hanged. You can  walk proudly, recite a glorious line or two to embed your martyrdom in  historical memory, and then allow yourself to be hanged. Jews have an extensive  body of experience with that brand of martyrdom.

Alternatively you can  plead your case all the way to the gallows, arguing that a mistake has been  made, that your case has been improperly reviewed, begging for someone to listen  and do something. This way also ends in a hanging. But it’s the hanging of a  slave without even a shred of dignity attached to it. A man that dies pleading  with his murderers, and puts his fate in the honesty of the liars and hypocrites  whose own crimes makes the worst of his look like virtues, is a craven fool.
Because there is really only one thing you can do when the noose is being  placed around your neck. Resist. A noose works by tightening around your neck  and cutting off your air or breaking your neck. If you resist the tightening of  the noose, you may actually survive. On the other hand if you follow through all  the procedures, if you allow your hands to be tied behind your back, and the  noose to be fastened around your neck while trusting in the system to do right  by you– your death is inevitable.

For seventeen years Israel has been  walking toward the gallows. Its leaders have led it there by the nose ring of  international assurances. Its people have been led there by refusing to see what  is waiting ahead for them, even while the blood was being cleaned off the  streets. Every attempt to reach a peaceful solution, every concession and show  of good faith, has only tightened the bonds around its hands and the noose  around its neck.

That is because every concession Israel has made, has  further restricted not only its ability to defend itself, but even its ability  to do basic things such as build residential housing in the capital of its own  nation. Every gesture and agreement Israel has signed has bound it to ever more  restrictive terms. And none of them have brought any peace. All they have ever  done is set the bar higher for the next round of concessions demanded by the  enemy and its aiders and abettors in the next phase of negotiations.

This is not a peace process, and it has never been one. It is a public lynching.  It is the lynching of a country whose only real crime is that its existence  offends the religious fanaticism and prejudices of a billion Muslims, who  control much of the world’s oil, and whose followers are willing to riot and  kill in the streets of nearly every major city in the world at the slightest  offense.

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