Barbarism: Photos From Today's Executions in Iran
Warning: Don't look at these photos if you are squeamish about death by hanging.
From earlier today in Iran: The barbarism of the death penalty is brought home in these 25 photos, published today by the Fars News Agency in Iran. Four young men in their 20's were executed by hanging in public. The photos start with the men alive and being led to slaughter. The crowds watching are huge. They end with the men being cut down and put in body bags. There are close-ups of their faces as they are hanged. Photos by a different news agency here. [More...]
The men had been charged with breaking into a private orchard in June and raping the women after abducting them. Iran's Supreme Court took less than 45 days to uphold the verdicts.
And how can Iran let little kids (like this one, safe photo) watch? Iran Human Rights is asking the international community to respond to the practice. In the last 12 months, 481 people have been been executed in Iran, mostly for drug offenses.
In the you can't make this stuff up department: Iranian parliament members today criticized U.S. police for violating the human rights of the Occupy Wall Street protesters. One member said "the fact that the American leaders call the protestors hooligans indicates their racist and inhumane view which is common in all the capitalist countries." Yet on Sunday Iranian authorities inflicted 74 lashes on a student who "wrote an insulting letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in which he criticized the president for cracking down on student demonstrators after the controversial 2009 election."
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