Friday 05-08-2016 | 1:51:58
Twilight News / United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday hanged up to 20 people in Iran this week after serious doubts about the fairness of trials and respect for due process of law has resulted in "grossly unfair."
He said Prince Zeid Raad al-Hussein said the executions related "crimes said to have been related to terrorism" Reports indicate that most of those executed if not all belong to the Kurdish minority Sunni.
He said in a statement: "The criminal charges against broad and vague as well as contempt of the rights of the accused to a fair trial and the necessary procedures resulted in these cases is grossly unfair."
Tehran has executed, on Tuesday, up to 20 Cordillera after being convicted by the courts of Iran to launch attacks against security forces, which sparked condemnation of human rights groups said the convictions were the result of confessions extracted by force.
According to Iranian authorities, the people who were executed were members of the group "Tawhid and Jihad" and convicted of "killing two Islamic clerics year and a number of policemen and kidnapped a number of people and committing armed robberies and implementation of western Iran bombings."
Iranian state television broadcast what it said confessions by some members of the Sunni group, which said they targeted the clergy Sunnis and Shiites "who believe that their ideas heresy."
The Kurds, who number seven million in Iran, about ten percent of the country's population.The majority of them live in the Kurdistan Region and other Northwest Territories on the border with Iraq. Many of the Kurds and seeks greater rights for their region.
The region has seen increased clashes between Kurds and government security forces and militants in recent months.
She intelligence in a statement carried by Iranian media that more than a hundred in the consolidation group "member of the terrorist" have been identified, although many of them were arrested or killed in clashes since 2011.
And condemned by Human Rights Watch Iran of what it said was "mass execution of prisoners at least ten."
The Director of the Organization for the Middle East and North Africa, Sarah Leah Watson said Iran executed 230 people, at least through the year 2016.
Iran rejects international criticism of its record on human rights and says it is politically motivated.