UN experts condemn secret execution of Kurdish prisoner

TEHRAN – Two independent human rights experts appointed by the UN on Wednesday condemned in the strongest terms the arbitrary execution of an Iranian Kurdish prisoner, a sign of “a flagrant failure to respect their obligations under of international human rights law ”.

The prisoner, Heidar Ghorbani, was secretly executed in Sanandaj central prison at dawn on Sunday – without warning his family or lawyer. Prison authorities then secretly buried his body, according to a statement released on behalf of the experts.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran executed Ghorbani in secret, on the basis of overly broad provisions, following a deeply flawed process, and while his case was still under review by the Supreme Court Said Javaid Rehman, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights. in the Islamic Republic of Iran and Morris Tidball-Binz, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

Ghorbani was arrested in October 2016 in connection with the murder of three men affiliated with the Basij paramilitary forces – allegedly committed by individuals associated with an armed opposition group.

He had denied being a member of the group, as well as any involvement in the murder.

And although a Revolutionary Court found he was unarmed, they still sentenced him to death for “baghy” (armed rebellion) following an unfair trial and allegations that he was unarmed. was allegedly tortured, the OHCHR statement said.

“We deeply regret that, despite our numerous interventions on Ghorbani’s case, the authorities have chosen to proceed with his execution,” said UN experts.

Against the background of relentless protests and widespread discontent with the authorities, they feared that such an arbitrary execution had been carried out to “sow fear”.

The special rapporteurs described the act as “another sign of obvious disregard for their obligations under international human rights law – and for international human rights mechanisms.”

“We call on the government to put an end to the imposition and execution of the death penalty,” they stressed.

Previously, independent experts had raised concerns with the Iranian government about the death sentence, allegations of torture and violations of the right to a fair trial against Ghorbani and also brought the matter to the public’s attention. – UN News

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