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Human Rights Violations and Execution of Iranian Rapper Toomaj Salehi

The case of Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi has gained international attention due to the human rights violations and the issuance of a death sentence against him. Salehi, a prominent critic of the Iranian regime, has been vocal about his opinions through his rap lyrics and social media platforms. This article will provide an overview of the human rights violations surrounding his case and the subsequent death sentence imposed on him by the Iranian court.
Human Rights Violations and Detention
Toomaj Salehi has been subjected to severe human rights violations since his detention. Following his arrest, he was held in solitary confinement and allegedly tortured. Salehi revealed in a video that he was tortured and placed in solitary confinement for 252 days. These acts of torture and mistreatment are clear violations of fundamental human rights.
Death Sentence and Legal Proceedings
The Iranian court, specifically a court in Isfahan, upheld the original verdict of “corruption on earth” against Toomaj Salehi and issued the maximum punishment of death. This decision has been widely condemned by international human rights organizations and the United Nations. Salehi’s lawyer, Amir Raesian, confirmed the issuance of the death sentence.
There is a possibility of reducing the sentence through an appeal and a pardoning committee. The Iranian state media has stated that Salehi’s sentence is subject to reduction if he appeals again. However, the process and outcome of the appeal remain uncertain.
International Response and Condemnation
The international community, including the United States’ Office of the Special Envoy for Iran, has strongly condemned Toomaj Salehi’s death sentence and the human rights violations surrounding his case. They have called for his immediate release and highlighted the Iranian regime’s abuse of its own citizens and disregard for human rights.
Amnesty International has also expressed concern about the human rights situation in Iran, including the widespread use of torture, executions, and discrimination against minorities. The organization has called for Iran to adhere to international human rights standards and protect the rights of its citizens.
The case of Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi highlights the ongoing human rights violations in Iran. The issuance of a death sentence against him and the allegations of torture and mistreatment during his detention are clear violations of fundamental human rights. The international community has condemned these actions and called for Salehi’s immediate release.
As Rights Defenders, we consider that Iran must fulfill its obligations under international human rights law and take steps to ensure the protection of the rights and freedoms of its citizens.


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