Iran: Wrestler Mehdi Ali Hosseini Hanged After Five Years in Prison


International call for immediate action to save the lives of prisoners on death row

Despite widespread domestic and international protests and appeals, this morning, Monday, January 25, 2021, the religious fascism ruling Iran executed another Iranian wrestler, Mehdi Ali Hosseini, a native of Andimeshk, in Dezful prison.

Hosseini, 30, and imprisoned since 2015, was the second Iranian wrestler to be executed by the clerical regime in recent months. Earlier, the national hero, Navid Afkari, was executed on September 12, 2020 for participating in the August 2018 protests in Shiraz, despite the global protests to prevent his execution.

On January 14, the Athletics Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran called on the international community, especially the United Nations Human Rights Council and the International Olympic Committee, to take immediate action to save the life of Mr. Hosseini.

Another prisoner in Qom, Mohammad Shakouri, and a Sunni cleric, Abdul Sattar Anshini in Zahedan Prison were executed on January 23rd and 21st respectively. At least 33 other executions were carried out in Iran in the last Iranian calendar month from December 21, 2020 to January 19, 2021.

The clerical regime cannot survive even one day without execution, torture and repression in a bid to create a reign of terror to prevent escalation of popular uprising as it is engulfed with incurable internal and external crises.

The Iranian Resistance reiterates its call on the United Nations Secretary-General, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Human Rights Council and all human rights defenders, as well as the European Union and its member states, to condemn the heinous execution of Mehdi Ali Hosseini and take immediate action to save the lives of prisoners on the death row. The case of flagrant and systematic human rights violations in Iran must be referred to the UN Security Council, and the leaders of this regime must be brought to justice for four decades of crimes against humanity.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
January 25, 2021