Jan 16, 2007

Ahwazi: Public Hangings Continue

Iran has continued to spread fear amongst its minority populations by hanging a young dissident in a public stadium.

Below is an article published by Adnkronos International;

Tehran - A young man only identified as Abbas on Monday was hanged in the stadium of Nour, in the northern Iranian Mazanderan region. It is the second time in two months that a convict has been executed in a stadium - a practice widely used by Afghanistan's Taliban regime, which was ousted by the United States in late 2001.

Iran, second in a world ranking of countries with the highest number of executions per year after China, has already executed at least eleven people since the beginning of 2007.

Meanwhile a human rights group based in Ahwaz, in the southern Iranian oil producing region of Khuzistan, released the identities of seven independentist activists who have been sentenced to death.

Iran's southern province has been at the centre of ethnic unrest among the Arab majority population for over a year. Most of Iran's Arabs, about 3 percent of Iran's 69 million citizens, live in southwest Iran.

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