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My name is Ramin Hossein Panahi, and I want to live!
Who would have ever thought at only the age of 22 their lives would end with being executed!

Yes, this has become the sad reality for #RaminHosseinPanahi, a young man of the Kurdish minority in Iran. He was shot and arrested while going to meet with some Kurdish people. While his family tried to seek his whereabouts from the Iranian government, shockingly, three other members of his family were also detained. Those members were his brother, Afshin and his brother-in-law, Ahmad and Zobeir Hossein Panahi. Ramin's mother (Dayee Sharife) and sister made several appeals to different government branches and kept looking for him for 124 days.

Execution for Ramin

The first time Iran spoke out about its decision to execute Ramin was on 26 October 2017. His family received news that Iran's Revolutionary Court intended to execute Ramin by the next 20 days. This was after an illegitimate trial took place on 25 January 2018 convicting him due to acts against the national security and for joining the Kurdish Komala Party.

Today, on 2 May 2018, Agnes Callamard, a Special Rapporteur to the UN on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions has urgently called for Iran to immediately halt the execution of Panahi. Stating that respect for stringent due process of Ramin has been jeopardized, meaning to describe his detention time without any communication. Acting out forms of torture such as slashing him with a cable and kicking him in the stomach, blocking his access to a lawyer and refusing him to attend his medical need for the injuries caused by the shot, Callamard is engaged in dialogue with the Iran's authorities about Panahi's case.

The world says no

On 4 February 2018, Anwar Hossein Panahi, who is Ramin's brother and civil rights activist, along with Ramin's attorney named Hossein Ahmadi Nejaz, met with the two brothers in jail. Anwar, with the support of other civil activists, made a promise to them to find help. Only after this did the two brothers end their hunger strike that had begun on 27 January when they heard of the death sentence.

Signing up for petitions and writing letters to stop Ramin's execution has been a steady position of thousands and thousands of citizens including civil and political activists to condemn the sentence. More than 32 Congress representatives (former), lawyers and university professors added to the world call out to cancel Ramin's death. They wrote directly to the Judicial Ministry of Iran. Furthermore, 24 human rights' organizations have issued statements calling for Iran to stop Panahi's death sentence immediately.

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