I am writing to you with a heavy heart. Yesterday, Shahram Ahmadi, a political prisoner whose mother asked you to support his release in 2014, was executed at Rajaie Shahr Prison, in Iran.
Shahram was one of at least 10 political prisoners executed on Tuesday. The names of six others have been confirmed: Kaveh Sharifi, Kaveh Raeisi, Arash Sharifi, Bahman Rahimi, Mokhtar Rahimi, and Khaled Maleki.
Leave a message on their memorial page.
Each person lost yesterday has a heartbreaking tale of injustice. We shared Shahram’s story with you last November:
On days like these my colleagues and I feel helpless. For more than two years we have campaigned to save the lives of Shahram and other Kurdish political prisoners on death row.
We will continue to tell their stories. Despite this heartbreaking setback, we know that advocacy works. Political prisoners have told us over and over that raising awareness –– and your actions on their behalf –– works. Prisoners receive better treatment when cases attract attention. Today, the lives of at least 84 political prisoners who have been sentenced to death, hang in the balance. We won’t stop campaigning until they all receive fair trials.
We have set up an online memorial for Shahram and others executed yesterday to honor them and their families. I invite you to leave a message, share a poem, and light a candle. Join the human rights and the Iranian community in mourning these young men.
In grief and in solidarity,
Lead Researcher, Iran Prison Atlas