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Nobel Peace Laureates Urge Global Action Against Iran's Executions of Activists

May 16, 2024
2 min read
Four Nobel Peace Prize winners have asked the international community to put pressure on the Islamic Republic to stop the arrest, imprisonment, and execution of activists
Four Nobel Peace Prize winners have asked the international community to put pressure on the Islamic Republic to stop the arrest, imprisonment, and execution of activists

Four Nobel Peace Prize winners have asked the international community to put pressure on the Islamic Republic to stop the arrest, imprisonment, and execution of activists.

In a statement, Nobel laureates Shirin Ebadi, Judy Williams, Tawakkol Karman, and Leymah Gbowee also called for the "Iranian government to be held accountable" for using "execution to intimidate the opposition."

Human rights, civil, and political activists believe that the death penalty in Iran has never been issued and implemented with the goal of crime prevention and has always been a tool in the hands of the Islamic Republic to create terror in society.

The four Nobel Peace Prize winners said that amid the escalation of conflicts in the Middle East, Iran has "intensified" the use of the death penalty against political and human rights activists and opponents of the Islamic Republic.

"Now, under the growing shadow of war, the use of execution as a tool to silence the opposition and spread fear has grown increasingly," they wrote in a joint statement on Wednesday. 

"There is a gender apartheid system in Iran, which, in addition to imprisonment, mistreatment, and execution of opponents of the government, especially affects women. The systematic violation of human rights and the clear disregard for dignity and human rights require a decisive international response," they added. 

The Nobel laureates asked the international community to force the Islamic Republic to "stop the arrest and execution of activists and work towards the freedom of all political prisoners."

According to a report by Amnesty International, Iran has reached its highest level of death sentence executions in the last eight years, with the judiciary of the Islamic Republic executing 853 people in 2023 alone. 

The report indicates that 481 executions, more than half of the total, were related to drug crimes. This marks an 89 percent rise in death penalties for drug-related offenses compared to 2022, when 255 people were executed. 

The latest numbers also show a staggering 264 percent increase compared to 2021, when 132 individuals faced execution on similar charges.

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