Public Executions Scheduled in Iran's Ethnic Region

May 12, 2015, 12:31 a.m.

Iranian authorities have scheduled public executions in the town of Hamidiyeh in the Southwest Iranian province of Khuzestan. Iran Human Rights (IHR) condemns the scheduled public executions and urges the international community to condemn Iranian authorities' increasing crackdown in the ethnic regions of Iran. Iran Human Rights, May 11, 2015: Three people are scheduled to be hanged publicly in the town of Hamidiyeh (Southwestern Iran), reported the Iranian state media. Quoting the head of the judiciary in Khuzestan, Farhad Afsharnia, the report said that these people were involved in the shootings in early April in Hamidiyeh where three security officers were killed. 

Several people were arrested in connection with the shooting but none of them have been identified by name and no further details have been provided by the authorities. The public hangings are scheduled to take place in the coming days. Khuzestan province is the home of Iran's Arab minority where there have been several protests against the authorities in the past few months. In the past few days there have also been protests in Kurdistan, home to the Kurdish ethnic group. IHR strongly condemns the scheduled public hangings in Hamidiyeh. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR said: " The public executions are meant to spread fear in the society. It seems that the scheduled public executions are the authorities' response to the recent protests in Khuzestan and Kurdistan. We call on the international community to react to the violent crackdown in the ethnic regions of Iran.