PDKI Condemns Mass Execution of Kurdish Prisoners of Conscience in Iran

In an act of mass execution, Iran executed more than 30 Kurdish prisoners of conscience on Tuesday, August 2. In a statement, PDKI condemns these executions and calls on human rights organizations to put pressure on Iran in order to prevent further executions.

The prisoners were were hanged in Rajai Shahr Prison, Karaj. According to reports, their trials lasted no more than a few minutes. Although the exact number of the executed is yet to be confirmed by Iranian authorities, more than 30 Kurdish prisoners of conscience were executed on August 2 according to initial reports.

Mass execution of prisoners of conscience and political prisoners in Iran has been state policy in Iran since 1979, when the Islamists imposed their rule on the country. The most notorious case is the mass execution of thousands of political prisoners in 1988.

These recent executions occur at a time when the Kurdish movement in eastern (Iranian) Kurdistan is gaining momentum. In its statement, PDKI describes these executions as yet another futile attempt by the Iranian regime to intimate the people of Kurdistan.

In addition to condemning these executions, PDKI is calling on human rights organizations to put pressure on Iran in order to
prevent further executions.