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Activists are urging families to publicize the names of detained protesters and put pressure on the regime

A photo obtained by AFP outside Iran on Sept. 21, shows Iranian demonstrators taking to the streets of Tehran during a protest days after an Iranian woman named Mahsa Amini died in police custody. Over 18,000 people have so far been detained by the Islamic Republic since the start of the anti-regime protests in September, according to the Human Rights Activists News Agency. [Credit: AFP/Getty Images]

This month, a list was shared with CBC News from inside Iran, of the names of protesters who face execution by regime authorities.


In consultation with multiple activists and by accessing reporting by various human rights groups, CBC News can name 90 individuals detained in Iran as being at high risk.


According to information available, at least 19 have been sentenced to death, 65 could face execution and six have been handed lengthy and uncertain prison terms.


The vast majority of these individuals are accused by the regime of "waging war against God" and "corruption on earth" — crimes punishable by death under the Islamic Republic's sharia law.


Protests in Iran erupted in September after a young Iranian woman named Mahsa Amini died in police custody. The 22-year-old had been arrested by the regime's so-called morality police, allegedly for not wearing her hijab properly, part of the regime's strict Islamic dress code. Her family says she was beaten to death.


Activists shine spotlight on detained protesters

Human rights activists tell CBC News the need to identify and publicize the names of the detained protesters is urgent.


They say the attention and public pressure on the authorities in Iran, will help save the lives of many who are voiceless.


Across Europe dozens of politicians have taken on sponsorship of the vast majority of the names listed.


Many parliamentarians and senators in countries like Germany, Austria and France are amplifying the stories of those who have been detained and are lobbying Iranian ambassadors for their release.


Over 18,000 people have so far been detained by the Islamic Republic since the start of the anti-regime protests in September, according to the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA). Of those, 506 had been killed — including 69 children and teenagers — as of Dec. 21, 2022.


In less than a month, Iranian authorities arrested, charged and carried out two known executions of Mohsen Shekari and Majid Reza Rahnavard.


Treatment of unidentified prisoners

Iranian-Canadian activist Golsa Golestaneh, who focuses on fact-checking and propaganda, says the two men were "executed in silence" because the regime is often able to "distort the truth" by amplifying false charges and convictions of detained prisoners.


Golestaneh is the spokesperson of an advocacy group called Waves (امواج), made up of young Iranians in and outside Iran who want to have a say in the political opposition to the regime.

 

At least 19 protesters sentenced to death

Name

Age

City

Persian name

Hamid Ghareh Hassanlou

53

Karaj

حمید قره حسنلو

Abbas Deris

Mahshahr

عباس دریس

Farhad Tahazadeh

Oshnavieh

فرهاد طه‌زاده

Farzad Tahazadeh

Oshnavieh

فرزاد طه‌زاده

Hazhar Hamidi

Oshnavieh

هژار حمیدی

Hossein Mohammadi

26

Karaj

حسین محمدی

Karvan Shahiparvaneh

Oshnavieh

کاروان شاهی پروانه

Mahan Sedarat Madani

22

Tehran

ماهان صدرات مدنی

Manouchehr Mehmannavaz

Tehran

منوچهر مهمان نواز

Mohammad Boroughani

19

Tehran

محمد بروغنی

Mohammad Ghobadlou

22

Tehran

محمد قبادلومحمد قبادلو

Mohammad Mehdi Karami

22

Karaj

محمد مهدی کرمی

Reza Arya

43

Karaj

رضا آریا

Reza Eslamdoost

Oshnavieh

رضا اسلام دوست

Sahand Nourmohammadzadeh

26

Tehran

سهند نور محمدزاده

Saman Seyedi (Yasin)

24

Tehran

سامان (یاسین) صیدی

Seyed-Mohammad Hosseini

-

Karaj

سید محمد حسینی

Shahram Maroufmola

-

Oshnavieh

شهرام معروف مولا

Shoeyb Mirbalouchzehi

17

Zahedan

شعیب میربلوچ‌زهی

Source:Some of the sources consulted for names listed: Golsa Golestaneh, Azadeh Akbari, HRANA, IranWire, Radio Farda, Amnesty International, BBC Persian, Kurdistan Human Rights Network CBC News

 

"It is extremely important to continue emphasizing the unpredictability of the Islamic regime while recognizing the importance of accuracy, to the extent possible, to minimize the chances of another silent murder."


When it comes to the treatment of unidentified prisoners in Iran, Masoud Kazemi, a journalist based in Turkey, says the regime has a "dark history and horrific track record."


"Detained protesters who are unidentified are subjected to more torture and suffering than others," Kazemi said. "And they are also given lengthier prison terms and are sometimes also sentenced with execution."


Activists caution that executions are just one of the ways the regime kills prisoners. Golestaneh says that even when prisoners in Iran aren't facing executions, their lives are still at risk.


"The tortures are severe and several people have been killed under it. Some committed suicide or their families were forced to say they've committed suicide inside prison," she said.


Kurdish human rights activist Soran Mansournia, who works on identifying prisoners and those killed by the regime, is urging families to come forward and publish the names of their loved ones.

 

6 Protestors given lengthy prison sentences

Name

Age

City

Persian name

Arian Farzamnia

<17

Karaj

آرین فرزام نیا

Ali Moazzemi Goudarzi

Karaj

علی معظمی گودرزی

Mohammad Amin Akhlaghi

Karaj

محمد امین اخلاقی

Javad Zargaran

Karaj

جواد زرگران

Farzaneh Ghareh Hassanlou

Karaj

فرزانه‌ قره‌حسنلو

Reza Shaker Zavardehi

21

Karaj

رضا شاکر زواردهی

Source: Some of the sources consulted for names listed: Golsa Golestaneh, Azadeh Akbari, HRANA, IranWire, Radio Farda, Amnesty International, BBC Persian, Kurdistan Human Rights Network CBC News

 

"In the last two months, at least seven people from Iranian Kurdistan died under the torture of security forces of the Islamic Republic," Mansournia said.


"Many prisoners' lives are in danger and we don't even know their names. I ask all their families to make public the abduction of their loved ones."

 

(c) 2022, CBC News

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