The men were sentenced to “completely cut off four fingers on the right hand, so that only the palms and thumbs remained.”
The guillotine is already installed
Of the eight prisoners, seven were identified as Hadi Rostami, Mehdi Sharafyan, Mehdi Shahivand, Amir Shirmard, Morteza Jalili, Ebrahim Rafiei, Yagub and Fazeli Kushki.
Seven are currently being held at the Greater Tehran Central Prison, and Mr. Rostami’s whereabouts are unknown after he was transferred from prison on 12 June.
“They are all likely to be transferred to the Evin prison in Tehran, where they are reportedly a finger-cutting guillotine was recently installed and was reportedly used on 31 May. amputate another prisoner’s fingers,” Ms. Shamdasani said.
She added that the first attempt to transfer the men was made on 11 June, but was halted due to resistance from other inmates.
End corporal punishment
Iranian civil society organizations report that at least 237 people, mostly from poorer backgrounds, were sentenced to amputations between January 1, 2000 and September 24, 2020.
Sentences were carried out in at least 129 cases.
“We also call on Iran urgently review their criminal penalties to end all forms of corporal punishmentincluding amputations, floggings and stonings, in accordance with their obligations under international human rights law and in accordance with the recommendations of UN human rights mechanisms,” said Ms. Shamdasani.
She recalled that the country was a party International Covenant on Civil and Political Rightswhich prohibits torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment.