The Islamic Republic of Iran announced on Thursday the first execution in relation with the protests sparked by the September death of Iranian Kurdish woman Jîna Mahsa Amini.
Protester Mohsen Shekari was sentenced to death over the crimes of intimidation, deprivation of freedom and security of the people, and “enmity against God” for stabbing a Basij security force member on 23 September in Tehran, state-run Mizan news agency reported.
At least 11 people have been sentenced to death, while none of them have been executed yet, Iran Wire cited Iranian activists as saying.
“Mohsen gave his life for freedom. He wanted a normal life,” Iranian activist Masih Alinejad said.
Norway-based Iran Human Rights has urged the international community to step in and prevent further executions.
The Islamic crime of moharebeh is defined as “drawing a weapon on the life, property or chastity of people or to cause terror as it creates the atmosphere of insecurity,” IHR said.
Shekari was executed “for disagreeing with the regime”, Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said in a tweet. “But the threat of execution will not suffocate people’s desire for freedom.”