|The full report is here|
- "Moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani wins Iran’s presidential vote" [Washington Post, June 15, 2013]
- "Hassan Rouhani, a moderate, is Iran's next president" [CNN, June 15, 2013]
- "Moderate cleric Rouhani elected president of Iran" [RT Russia, June 15, 2013]
- "Rouhani, Blunt and Charming, Pitches a Moderate Iran" [NY Times, September 26, 2013]
- 753 people were executed by the Iranian regime in 2014, up 10% on 2013. By comparison, the total for 2005 was 94.
- But only 291 (39%) of these official 2014 state killings were announced via official Iranian government sources.
- "Executions have risen dramatically since president Hassan Rouhani’s election in June 2013. In the 18 months before his election, there were 827 executions. In the 18 months after the election, this figure rose to 1,193."
- About half those put to death were convicted, according to the state, on drug-related charges. 240 were executed for murder.
- 14 of those killed were juveniles.
- "At least 53 of the executions recorded were held in public, with children often present to watch the spectacle."
- 26 were women. They include a woman of 26, Reyhaneh Jabbari, convicted of stabbing to death a man who lured her to his office and tried to rape her. She was 19 at the time, and spent 7 years in prison before being executed. (Details here).
- "All the reported execution cases for 2014 were carried out by hanging. In most cases, public executions are carried out using cranes, while in prisons they are usually carried out by having the object the prisoner is standing on kicked out from beneath their feet, according to the report... Often the fall is not severe enough to dislocate the neck and thus cause sudden death, and so in some cases it has taken several minutes for a prisoner to die from suffocation or strangulation."
- "Prisoners are forced to watch their fellow prisoners hanged before it is their turn."
- The regime arrests and charges people with crimes such as "endangering national security, insulting Islam and gathering crowds".
- Several social media activists including Saleh Tamouli, Hamzeh Zargani and Adel Sadooni, all from Ahwaz, the capital of Iran's Khuzestan province ("where the history of the Persian Empire begins"), were recently sentenced - after suffering two months of physical torture - to three years each on charges of administrating pages in Facebook.
- Baha'is in Iran have been persecuted as a matter of government policy since the 1979 revolution. About 200 were executed in the first decade after the revolution; hundreds were tortured to give up their faith and accept Islam; tens of thousands lost their jobs, pensions, businesses, right to education and the right to religious gatherings. "Crimes committed against Baha'is, their property or their businesses are not punished by the authorities in Iran: under Islamic law, they are considered non-persons."
Today Iran depends on dialogue with the west to lift the sanctions and this is the time when the West can have some influence on the human rights situation by making demands. If they don’t do it now it will never happen.