Mohsen Shekari Execution Sparks Further Anger Over Iranian Suppression

Young Iranian Protester Executed, Increasing Call for Assistance in Preventing Mass Executions from Around the World

A 23-year-old man, Mohsen Shekari, was hung in Iran for taking part in anti-government demonstrations. Human rights organisations are now warning that if the international community does not act, there may be more executions in the future.

Mohsen Shekari, who was convicted of “waging war against God” by stabbing a member of the country’s security forces, was executed early Thursday, CNN reports. The protests began in response to Mahsa Amini’s death in police custody. Both men and women have taken to the streets to protest Amini’s death, facing violence and even death.

Human rights organizations warned that more executions could be coming unless the international community took “immediate action” following Mohsen Shekari’s execution.

Based in Oslo human rights organisation ‘ Iran Human Rights’ director,  Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said in a statement that Mohsen Shekari was executed after a hurried and unfair trial without a representation.  He said that this recent execution in Iran  necessitates a swift and robust response from the world community In order to stop the Islamic Republic from continuing to execute protestors,  adding Iran may see widespread executions of demonstrators if the government is not held accountable seriously for Mohsen Shekari’s execution. 

The statement from the group claims, “From Mohsen Shekari’s arrest to execution, it took 75 days. He was not allowed to speak to his lawyer during the questioning or court procedures. The IRGC’s Fars news agency aired Mohsen’s coerced confessions hours after his death. His face clearly has injuries in the video.

The US State Department said that the officials overseeing Shekari’s execution routinely employ violence to suppress peaceful protesters. In October, State Department Secretary Antony Blinken declared that penalties had been placed on Iran’s moral police as well as “high level officers who have engaged in significant human rights abuses.”

The U.S. State Department, and the governments of the U.S. and Canada have condemned Iran’s execution of 23-year-old Mahsa ‘Zhina’ Amini and its ongoing repression of the Iranian people. They also issued new coordinated sanctions actions against Iranian officials connected to human rights abuses following the recent execution. .

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