eight men sentenced for robbery in Iran could have their fingers amputated as part of their sentencewarned two human rights organizations.
The eight men, held in a prison on the outskirts of Tehran, were summoned to be transferred to another center for his amputationwhat was postponed for unknown reasonssaid the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center, which defends human rights in Iran, and the Kurdistan Human Rights Network.
The two organizations say they are “particularly concerned by credible reports that a device recently installed in a clinic room at Tehran’s Evin prison has been used to perform at least one amputation in recent days.”
Irana country signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, must refrain of “torture” or of “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, such as the amputation of hands“, indicates the statement.
According to the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center, based in Washington, since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 there were at least 356 amputation sentences although the total is likely to be much higher.
Iran’s penal code, based on the “sharia”‘, Islamic law provides for amputation for crimes such as theft with recurrence.