The state-run news outlets are running copies of a short story on Saturday describing the executed man a ‘thug’.
The prosecutor general in Mashhad identified the man by his first name Saeed without providing any other information.
The man was hanged publicly in Ressalat Square in the city.
The public hanging in Iran takes place a few days after many of the more than 100 diplomats who took the floor on November 1 at a United Nations debate regarding the violations of human rights in Iran voiced outrage at the surge in executions in the country and the situation of political prisoners, women and religious minorities.
Many diplomats raised the issue of the escalating numbers of executions, highlighted by the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed.
Meanwhile Amnesty International issued a statement on November 6 urging the Iranian authorities to “take concrete steps to improve their abysmal human rights record.”
The statement said: “On 31 October 2014, a high-profile Iranian delegation, headed by Mohammad Javad Larijani, the head of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights, part of the country’s judiciary, appeared before the UN Human Rights Council to defend Iran’s human rights record since the country’s first UPR in February 2010. The delegation presented a distorted picture of the human rights situation in Iran, which bore little resemblance to the realities on the ground. Issues of concern for Amnesty International include the claims by the delegation that Iran strictly adheres to international fair trial standards; fully respects freedoms of expression, association and assembly; guarantees full equality between men and women in law and practice; and ensures the enjoyment of human rights by members of Iran’s ethnic and religious minorities.”
“Iran’s commitment to the UPR will ring hollow for as long as the Iranian authorities continue to deny well-established patterns of serious and systematic human rights violations. As Iranian authorities take away all the recommendations received during the UPR for further consideration, Amnesty International calls on Iran to reconsider the dismissive stance taken during the examination and match its fine words with decisive measures to guarantee the promotion, protection and defense of human rights”, the statement added.