Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); April 11, 2022: An unidentified man has been sentenced to public execution in Lorestan for the alleged murder of a police officer. This is the third public execution sentence issued in two weeks.
According to the IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting), a third prisoner has been sentenced to public execution. Citing the Khorramabad Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor, Mr Shahnavand, the unnamed man has been sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for the murder of a police officer in Lorestan which is alleged to have taken place last December.
In March, Iranian media reported that two men, identified as 38-year-old Mohammad Ghaedi and 25-year-old Sadegh Mahmoudi, had been sentenced to public execution at the location of the alleged crime by a preliminary court in Isfahan province.
Iran Human Rights warned then of the resumption of public executions and called for strong condemnations by Iranian civil society, human rights activists and the international community.
According to the UN Human Rights Committee, public executions are in violation of Article 7 the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which Iran is a signatory to, which states that "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” It further violates Article 6 of the Convention which stipulates that “Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life.” Public executions have also been repeatedly criticised by the international community.