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Amnesty Int'l outraged from Mullah's amputation sentences in Iran

Amnesty Int'l is outraged due to hands' amputation sentences in Iran
Amnesty International is outraged by reports that Iran's Mullah regime has amputated the hand of a man convicted of theft, the Amnesty International website reported on Friday.

The amputation, which was conducted by guillotine, took place in the central prison in Mashhad city in north-eastern Razavi Khorasan governorate. 

The 34-year-old man, referred to as A. Kh., was transferred to a medical center immediately after the punishment was carried out. 

He has been sentenced to hand amputation six years ago for stealing livestock and other valuables from several villages in the governorate. The sentence was then upheld by the Khorasan Criminal Court of Appeal.

“Meting out such unspeakably cruel punishments is not justice and serves to highlight the Iranian authorities’ complete disregard for human dignity. There is no place for such brutality in a robust criminal justice system,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International.

“Amputation is torture plain and simple, and administering torture is a crime under international law. As a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Iran is legally obliged to forbid torture in all circumstances and without exception.

The Iranian authorities have consistently defended amputation as the best way to deter theft, expressing regret that it cannot be practiced in public and on a widespread basis without international condemnation. In a shocking statement before the UN Human Rights Council in October 2010, Mohammad Javad Larijani, the head of Iran’s Human Rights Council, denied that such punishments amount to torture.

In reality, however, a domestic movement to abolish such cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments has long been underway in Iran and many Iranians, including several human rights defenders, clerics, and religious scholars, have expressed their opposition and faced in reprisal.   

In 2017 alone, dozens of amputation sentences were imposed and subsequently upheld by the Supreme Court. In one case, in April 2017, judicial authorities in Shiraz, Fars governorate, amputated the hand of Hamid Moinee for robbery before executing him 10 days later for murder.

Before carrying out the amputation sentences, the authorities often arbitrarily imprison those convicted, even though no prison sentences are issued against them.
Last Modified: Friday، 19 January 2018 12:54 PM