A woman by the name of Maryam was hanged with her husband in the Central Prison of Mashhad. She is the 99th woman to be executed during Hassan Rouhani’s tenure as the mullahs’ President.
Maryam, 32, was hanged along with her husband, Mehdi R. in the Central Prison of Mashhad on Sunday, December 8, 2019. The executions were reported by several state-run media. (The state-run ROKNA news agency – December 11, 2019)
The clerical regime deploys the death penalty as a tool for maintaining its grab on power and this is why it cannot step back from executions and general repression even when people’s fury against the regime exploded in the form of a nationwide uprising. Two women have been executed in a week. Somayyeh Shahbazi Jahrouii was executed on December 4, 2019, in the Sepidar Prison of Ahvaz, and the 99th woman was executed in the Central Prison of Mashhad.
This is while there is unconfirmed news about the hangings of another two women on December 4, 2019, in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj.
The Iranian regime is the world’s top executioner of women. Since the beginning of 2019, it has executed at least 12 women which is an escalation in the number of executions of women compared to the 9 women executed during the entire year 2016, ten women in 2017, and 6 women in 2018.
The Iranian regime is the world’s top record holder of per capita executions. At least 4,000 persons have been executed during Rouhani’s terms in office. The actual number of executions are much higher because the majority of executions in Iran are carried out secretly, away from the public eye where only the masterminds and perpetrators are witness to them. The Iranian Resistance calls for end to the practice of the death penalty in Iran.
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