Iran public execution outrages human rights groups

A disturbing video of the public execution of three men in Iran has sparked anger among human rights activists. The graphic video, released by Amnesty International on Thursday, showed guards standing on top of buses draping ropes around necks of three convicts sentenced to death by hanging after being convicted of rape. The men were later hanged from an overhead bridge after the vehicles drove away. The executions, which took place on 19 July in the western city of Kermanshah, home to Iran’s Kurd minority, attracted significant crowds, including children. Some of the crowds appear to be filming hangings by mobile phones. The video, which was supplied to Amnesty by an Iranian human rights activist, Fazel Hawramy from, highlights the use of public executions, in which officials publicly hang convicts from a large crane or a high place in front of crowd… >>>

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