Saturday, July 4, 2009

34 Executions This Week, Now Concerns About Arrested Iranian Protesters

Iran's state run Fars news agency reports that 20 drug smugglers have been hanged together today in a prison. Bringing to 34 the number of executions this week in Iran. And prompting human rights groups to express concerns about the mortality of those grabbed off the streets protesting.

We've already seen peaceful protesters being picked off by militia sharpshooters. And who can forget the image of Neda Agha-Soltan being shot - her last breaths taken as her eyes rolled back in her head - on the streets of Tehran?

Some 140 people have been executed in Iran thus far this year. A shameful statistic which places that nation only second behind China in the number of executions in 2009.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh but Gary, we don't give our opinion or meddle in Iran's affairs. So they get the nuke and take out Israel? Eh, oh well. But we must get that dictator in Hondoras re-instated immediately, against the will of the people. This will be the turning point in Obama's 4 short years. Shameful.

Deborah Young

Anonymous said...

Unlike Deborah, I have absolutely no idea what we should be doing in Iran. Telling them to continue protesting and trying to overthrow a dictator, while having no ability to send in troops to back them, seems ..... ill-conceived at best. The whole green-banner thing, showing them our support while safely in our own homes, just seems silly to me as well. Caring enough to do the very least. Sudden concern about the civil rights of Iranians, expressed by the same people who want us to bomb Iran, seems disingenuous. That these are also the same people who stopped our own recount during a contested election shows me the true colors of those who blame Obama for Iranian affairs. It would be laughable if it wasn't so sickening.

I am also greatly concerned about the protestors and feel confident that those being hanged are those who have been taken off the streets or out of their own homes due to the protests. Unfortunately, there isn't a lot we can do about it. It's not as though we have diplomatic relations with Iran. We also need to get square with the fact that judging all of Iran for what happens in Tehran is like assuming Californians speak for all Americans

Anonymous said...

And exactly where does the US fall in the count of executions, #s of prisoners per capita, etc?

Gary Baumgarten said...

I'm sorry Deborah, I don't recall mentioning Israel in this posting, I fail to follow the train of thought on your comment.

I've also not suggested that the United States invade Iran.

I share in the concern of the human rights activists that protesters will be put to death in Iran. And I feel a moral responsibility to speak out about it, even though that may seem like an empty or an easy gesture.

According to deathpenaltyinfo.org there have been 32 executions to date this year in the United States.