Human rights groups stage mock hanging in Paris to protest against executions in Iran
11 October 2007, PARIS (AFP) - Rights groups on Wednesday staged a mock hanging in central Paris to denounce executions in Iran and mark World Day against the Death Penalty.
11 October 2007
PARIS (AFP) - Rights groups on Wednesday staged a mock hanging in central Paris to denounce executions in Iran and mark World Day against the Death Penalty.
An effigy masked in black was hoisted by the neck on a crane above the crowd of a few dozen people, also wearing black, in front of a poster showing the same technique used in real-life hangings in Iran.
"We decided to focus our protest on Iran, where the number of executions skyrocketed this year," said organiser Emmanuel Maistre, citing the number of 210 executions since the start of the year.
He charged that capital punishment had become "a weapon of political and social repression in Iran, where accusations such as adultery lead to hanging, or stoning for women.
"We need to say 'stop to executions' and support the intellectuals and opposition members who opppose the practice in Iran," said Reza Moini, an Iranian political exile.
The Paris-based League of Human Rights (LDH) and the International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH) joined in a call Wednesday by 64 rights groups worldwide for a moratorium on the death penalty.
According to the coalition, although 133 countries have abolished the death penalty in law or in practice, 1,591 people were executed last year in 25 countries and 3,861 people were sentenced to death.
More than 90 percent of the executions were in China, the United States, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Sudan, it claims.
Subject: French news