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Iran has made public the compelled “confessions” of a number of protesters, elevating issues amongst rights teams that extra dying sentences will likely be issued and carried out after “sham” trials.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-affiliated Tasnim information company revealed statements on December 14 by Dena Sheibani, a snowboard teacher and graphic artist, Hesam Mousavi, a mountain climbing teacher, Amir Arslan Mahdavi, a snowboard teacher, Eshraq Najafabadi, a biking teacher, and Mohammad Khiveh, a mountaineer and mountaineering information, claiming that they had been unsuccessful in an try and detonate a bomb within the southern Iranian metropolis of Shiraz.

In a video, the 5 speak about their alleged roles within the bombing operation. However relations and pals instantly rejected the “confessions,” saying they had been after torture classes and that not one of the 5 had entry to a lawyer.

Stories revealed on social media accused safety authorities of “laying the groundwork” with the video for issuing heavy sentences in opposition to a lot of athletes and artists arrested for talking out throughout the latest protests in Shiraz.

Authorities have been threatening for weeks to ratchet up their brutal crackdown on unrest that was touched off in mid-September by the dying of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini whereas in police custody. Lawmakers have pushed the judiciary to render harsh penalties — together with the dying penalty — in trials for these arrested throughout protests over Amini’s dying.

Thus far Iranian authorities have adopted via with their threats by executing two protesters.

Majidreza Rahnavard was hanged in a public execution on December 12 — simply 23 days after he was arrested — following his conviction for killing two members of Iran’s safety forces. The group Iran Human Rights stated Rahnavard’s sentencing was primarily based on “coerced confessions, after a grossly unfair course of and a sham trial.”

In the meantime, Moshen Shekari was executed publicly on December 8 after an enchantment of his sentence was rejected by Iran’s Supreme Court docket. He was accused of allegedly wounding a safety officer.

Additionally, Farhad and Farzad Tahazadeh, two brothers from the northwestern Iranian metropolis of Oshnavieh, are amongst a number of protesters who’re in imminent hazard of execution.

Stories additionally point out that Iranian skilled footballer Amir Nasr-Azadani faces accusations of “waging battle in opposition to God” and “corruption on Earth,” that are punishable by dying and sometimes leveled in instances allegedly involving espionage or makes an attempt to overthrow Iran’s authorities.

In response, the worldwide skilled footballers’ union FIFPRO introduced in an announcement on December 12 that it was “shocked and sickened” by stories of Nasr-Azadani’s state of affairs as a result of he campaigned for girls’s rights and fundamental freedom in his nation.

Since Amini’s dying, Iranians have flooded streets throughout the nation in protest, with girls and even schoolgirls making unprecedented reveals of assist within the largest risk to the Islamic authorities because the 1979 revolution.

The regime has blamed Western governments for the unrest and has responded to the protests with a bloody crackdown that human rights teams say has left virtually 500 lifeless and a whole bunch extra injured. Hundreds extra have been arrested, together with many protesters, in addition to journalists, attorneys, activists, and others, amid issues in regards to the fees in opposition to them.

The Oslo-based Iran Human Rights Group says the variety of executions in Iran exceeds 500 this yr.

Written by Ardeshir Tayebi primarily based on an authentic story in Persian by RFE/RL’s Radio Farda

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