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Kurdish woman accused of murder hanged by Iran

This article originally appeared in Kurdistan 24.

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Sharareh Eliasi, a Kurdish woman from Sanandaj, was hanged in the province’s central prison on Tuesday according to Hengaw, a group which reports on human rights violations involving Kurds in Iran.

Eliasi was arrested and sentenced to death five years ago by Iran’s Judiciary for her alleged involvement in the murder of Kaveh Gholam Veisi, reportedly during an altercation over personal matters.

“Zahid Aliyassi, the father of the executed, asserted the innocence of his daughter in an interview with Hengaw and explained that the husband [of Sharareh] had stabbed his daughter’s alleged murder victim,” Jila Mostajer, manager of Hengaw, told Kurdistan 24.

However, the Iranian judicial authorities charged Eliasi with the murder.

According to the Iran Human Rights Monitor (Iran HRM), she was only 27 at the date of her execution.

In 2018, three Kurdish women so far have been hanged in Iran’s prisons, based on the statistics of Hengaw.

Human rights organizations claim that Iran is the world’s leading per capita executioner.

It also holds the record in the execution of women and minors.

According to the Iran HRM, over 3,600 people have been executed under Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. Sharareh Eliasi has become the 85th woman to be executed under Rouhani.

Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, earlier called on Iran to work towards abolishing the death penalty.

“They must also immediately impose an official moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.”

Editing by Nadia Riva

This article was originally published by Kurdistan 24.

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