IRAN HANGS FIVE KURDS IN URMIA PRISON: RIGHTS GROUP
Five men of Kurdish origin convicted for murder were all executed by the Iranian government in the central prison of Urmia, said a rights advocacy group on Monday
Hangaw, a human rights advocacy agency in Iranian-Kurdistan, reported that the executions were carried out on Monday morning.
The Iranian government executed as many as 112 Kurds in 2017 for a variety of offenses, including drug trafficking, Kurdish Iranian civil activists said.
The number is equal to 23 percent of the people hanged by the Islamic Republic the previous year.
The Kurdistan Human Rights Association said at least 530 people were executed by Iran’s authorities in 2016.
In an overwhelming sign of international support for human rights in Iran, 83 countries approved a resolution by the UN Third Committee in November 2017, criticizing the state of human rights in the Islamic Republic.
“The international community has spoken: Iran must improve its human rights record,” said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the Center for Human Rights in