“There has been no international reaction to this. It is worrying that with the change in rhetoric from the Iranian authorities outside Iran, the world is overlooking what is happening inside the country,” said Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, from the IHR (Iran Human Rights).
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Executions surge in Iran after election of moderate President The Times, October 11, 2013 (thanks to Armaros)
Iran has executed up to 150 people since President Rowhani took office in August in a surge of public hangings that belies his pledge to end the repression of the previous regime.
Mr Rowhani’s benign overtures to the West in recent weeks have raised hopes of a breakthrough in the stand-off over Iran’s disputed nuclear programme. However, at home, the early days of his presidency have been marked by the rise in executions.
The President swept to power in June’s election with promises of a more moderate and just society. but human rights groups report that the rate of executions across Iran is accelerating. They are concerned that with Mr Rowhani proffering a deal on the nuclear issue within months, the international community is unwilling to press Tehran on its dismal human rights record.
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, based in New York, reported that 125 people had been put to death since Mr Rowhani’s inauguration in mid-August. The Norway-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) placed the figure even higher, at 154.
Iran executes more people annually than any nation except China and has the highest rate of executions per capita. The IHR has recorded 560 across the country this year, more than in the same period in 2012.
The condemned are hanged in market squares, from bridges, and cranes.
“There has been no international reaction to this. It is worrying that with the change in rhetoric from the Iranian authorities outside Iran, the world is overlooking what is happening inside the country,” said Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, from the IHR.
Iran did release 11 high-profile political prisoners, including Nasrin Sotoudeh, the prominent human rights lawyer, as the authorities launched a charm offensive before Mr Rowhani’s trip to address the United Nations in New York last month.
“The release of Sotoudeh and others is welcome of course, but it’s a propaganda move. It matters what Iran does on its nuclear programme but that should not be at the expense of human rights,” said Mr Amiry-Moghaddam.
Neighbouring Iraq has hanged 42 prisoners convicted of terrorism in the past week. A further 23 people were put to death in September as sectarian violence spiralled to its worst levels for five years.