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Statement: APGF demands Iranian regime to immediately stop executions of peaceful demonstrators

The Asia Pacific Greens Federation (APGF) expresses grave concern over the unwarranted and unnecessary executions in Iran. We demand that the Government of Iran immediately cease the  killings and executions of peaceful protesters.

APGF, the umbrella organisation of the Green parties in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region, strongly opposes any form of capital punishment and state killings.

“The APGF feels that the regime in Iran must not make a mockery of human rights, and needs to adhere to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (to which it is a signatory), and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The citizens of Iran must not face the threat of or the killings, executions, and atrocities by the government authorities. APGF is also concerned regarding the freedom constraints placed on individuals in the society, in particular women and children, by the government regulations and authorities.”

We urge the government to be sensitive of the human rights of the minority communities like the Kurdish people including women and children, and all women and children of other communities, who constantly face not only discrimination and intimidation but also threats of rape or violence. 

The Asia-Pacific organisation of the Green parties calls upon the government in the country to allow freedom of expression, ensure the rights of all women, restore civil liberties and internet services, etc. It is clearly mentioned in the Article 5 of the UDHR that “no-one shall be subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”, and this commitment has been reinforced through numerous international agreements of which Iran is a party. 

We note that the ongoing series of protests and civil unrest against the government were a consequence of the government’s wrong decision and brutality on the people. The protests and civil unrest began in Tehran on 16 September this year as a reaction to the death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman, Jina (Mahsa) Amini, who had been arrested by the Guidance Patrol for wearing a so-called improper hijab — in violation of Iran’s mandatory hijab law — while visiting Tehran from Saqqez.

The APGF demands that the whereabouts of the 16-year-old teenager Nika Shakarami, who disappeared in Tehran on 20 September 2022 during the protests following the death of Jina (Mahsa) Amini, must be made public. 

According to credible organisations, 44 children including five girls were killed in the crackdown on protests due to the Iranian regime’s use of live ammunition, metal pellets, tear gas, or severe beatings. It is tragic that the children’s ages ranged between two and 17 years. Baluchistan province had the biggest share of victims, with 18 children.

The APGF also condemns the Iranian regime for imprisoning 34 journalists as part of its repression of protests, in addition to 13 imprisoned before that. Women journalists were specifically targeted, namely those who worked on publishing Jina (Mahsa) Amini’s story. We call for their immediate release and for the governments of countries with links to Iran to take action to call for their release and end of executions and violence.

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