Iran Urges Ending Threatened Finger Amputation Of Eight Prisoners – Global Issues

The men were sentenced to “completely cut off four fingers on their right hands leaving only the palms and their thumbs”.

OHCHR is very concerned that the amputations are imminent.

Guillotine already installed

Of the eight detainees, seven were identified as Hadi Rostami, Mehdi Sharafian, Mehdi Shahivand, Amir Shirmard, Morteza Jalili, Ebrahim Rafiei, Yaghoub and Fazeli Koushki.

Seven are currently being held in Tehran’s Greater Central Prison, and Mr Rostami’s whereabouts are unknown after he was transferred from prison on June 12.

“They will probably all be transferred to Evin Prison in Tehran, where reports indicate” a finger-cutting guillotine was recently installed and reportedly used on May 31 to amputate the fingers of another inmate,” Ms Shamdasani said.

A first attempt to transfer the men took place on June 11, but was halted due to resistance from fellow inmates, she added.

End corporal punishment

Iranian civil society organizations report that between January 1, 2000 and September 24, 2020, at least 237 people, mostly from poorer sections of society, were sentenced to amputation.

Sentences have been executed in at least 129 cases.

“We also call on Iran to urgently review its criminal penalties to abolish all forms of corporal punishmentincluding amputations, flogging and stoning, in accordance with her obligations under international human rights law and in accordance with the recommendations of UN human rights mechanisms,” said Ms Shamdasani.

She recalled that the country is a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which prohibits torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading punishments.

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