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According to Iran Human Rights, the Iranian authorities carried out 239 executions within the first half of

According to Iran Human Rights, the Iranian authorities carried out 239 executions within the first half of 2017.
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Iran: 239 executions in the first half of 2017
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Iran Human Rights (JUNE 30 2017): According to reports by Iran Human Rights (IHR), 239 executions were carried out in Iran in the first six months of 2017. Among them were three individuals who were under the age of 18 at the time they allegedly committed the offence they were sentenced to death for.
One of the juvenile offenders was reportedly executed in Karaj Central Prison for a murder crime he allegedly committed 30 years ago at the age of 16. The other two juvenile offenders were identified as Arman Bohr Asemani and Hassan Hassanzadeh.
194 of the 239 executions were reported by unofficial sources, while only 45 executions were announced by official sources (including Iran's Judiciary and state-run media).

12 of the 239 executions were carried out in public.
129 of the 239 prisoners were executed on drug related charges. Iranian parliament members had formerly requested from the Judiciary to stop drug related executions for at least five thousand prisoners pending further investigation. However, the request has not stopped the Judiciary from carrying out death sentences for prisoners with drug related charges.
In 2016, at least 530 people were executed in Iran, according to IHR's annual report.

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The Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran-Geneva (KMMK-G)



Geneva, Switzerland – On Tuesday June 27, 2017 the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran shot three members of a Kurdish opposition dead and injured one. Ramin Hossein Panahi who suffered two shots was transported to a hospital in Sanandaj, the provincial capital of Kurdistan, but was taken to custody after only half an hour .

The Hossein Panahi family who has lost several members in the past few years to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s brutal suppression of the Kurdish opposition, is currently grieving the loss of Sabah Hossein Panahi while being overwhelmingly anxious about the fate of their missing and injured child, Ramin.

The family told KMMK-G that the guards also raided their house on Friday night, attacking the older sister Parvaneh Hossein Panahi, and beating their elderly father but did not stop there.

The guards arrested the younger brother Afshin Hossein Panahi without clarifying where he would be taken. The family is now shocked and terrified for the fate of their two children in custody, one already wounded by gunshots.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is party to the Geneva Convention of 1949 and according to the international humanitarian law, especially common article III of the Geneva Convention, the Iranian state has the obligation to refrain from engaging in the unlawful targeting, killing or collective punishment of civilians and individuals peacefully exercising their fundamental rights in these areas.

The KMMK-G is extremely concerned by the dramatic increase of arbitrary arrests and killings of Kurdish civilians. Since January 2017, more than 269 Kurdish citizens have been detained and in the last seventeen months, two hundred and twelve (212) Kurdish civilians became victims of extra-judicial shootings by the Iranian security forces.

We call upon the UN Special Rapporteur for Iran to urge the Rouhani government to immediately provide Ramin Hossein Panahi with medical attention, inform the family of their Afshin and Ramin’s whereabouts and release him.

Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran-Geneva (KMMK-G)
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Ms. Ava Homa, Ava.Homa1@gmail.com, +1-714-801-0239
Mr. Taimoor Aliassi, e-mail: taimoor.aliassi@gmail.com, Tel. +41(0)76 366 23 58


About KMMK-G
The Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran - Geneva (KMMK-G) was established in 2006 to promote democracy, respect for human rights, and social development in and beyond Iranian Kurdistan. KMMK-G strives to serve as a bridge between the Kurdish and Iranian civil society on the one hand and the United Nations agencies and International institutions on the other. Since its inception, KMMK-G has actively participated in every session of the UN Human Rights Council and other relevant UN human rights mechanisms, including the Forum on Minority Issues. Over the years, the Association has frequently submitted reports on human rights situation in Iran’s Kurdistan to various UN treaty bodies and in various UN Committees’ meetings. KMMK-G has regular media outreach to Kurdish and Persian media and sponsors cultural events for the Kurdish community in Europe.

As a part of its advocacy efforts, KMMK-G is hosting regularly panels and seminars in Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva and as well as at the Swiss and EU Parliaments to promote the rights of ethnic groups in Iran. Recently, the group partnered with Geneva Graduate University and Impact Iran to organize a workshop on the rights of Iran’s ethnic groups and also a panel at Human Rights Council with the participation of the UN Special Rapporteur for Iran and Madam Shirin Ebadi the Peace Nobel Laureate.

KMMK-G prepares annual human rights in Kurdistan of Iran reports, and provides detailed annexes of data collected to the office of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, as well as other relevant entities along with its annual reports. Click here for its 2016 report.








 20 individuals were issued flogging sentences and fines on the same day as their arrests for eating in

20 individuals were issued flogging sentences and fines on the same day as their arrests for eating in public spaces, and their sentences were reportedly carried out on the same day as well.
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Iran: 20 people lashed for eating or drinking during Ramadan fasting hours


Iran Human Rights (JUNE 12 2017): Since the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, about 90 case files were reportedly opened in the city of Qazvin (central Iran) for individuals who were caught eating or drinking during the fasting hours. The Iranian state-run media, Mehr, announced the news, citing the Prosecutor of Qazvin.
According to the Qazvin Prosecutor, 20 individuals were issued flogging sentences and fines on the same day as their arrests, and their sentences were reportedly carried out on the same day as well.
Flogging is a clear example of torture and a violation of Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Carrying out a flogging sentence is inhumane, but it is justified by Article 638 of Iran's Islamic Penal Code, which states: Anyone in public places and roads who openly commits a harām (sinful) act, in addition to the punishment provided for the act, shall be sentenced to two months’ imprisonment or up to 74 lashes...
Iran Human Rights condemns the implemented flogging sentences and calls for this inhumane punishment to be removed from Iran's laws.

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The presidential election in Iran is scheduled for 19 May 2017. Since its establishment in 1979, the Islamic Republic of Iran has regularly organised parliamentary and presidential elections, but these polls have

regularly failed to meet international standards to be free, fair, and credible. This Q&A document seeks to answer some of the most pressing questions related to the upcoming election.
Who oversees the election process?
The overall authority to interpret election laws, vet candidates, oversee the electoral process, receive and adjudicate complaints over alleged irregularities, confirm the election results, and notify and direct the Ministry of Interior to announce the results is vested with the 12-member Guardian Council of the Constitution. The Guardian Council also appoints a Central Board for Supervision of Elections (CBSE) and supervision boards or supervisors at local levels.
The Guardian Council is composed of six senior clerical members appointed by Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and six jurist members who are appointed by Parliament. The six clerical members effectively control the Council's decisions on the election process. The Ministry of Interior organises the voting, counting of votes, and other executive aspects of the election under the supervision of Central Executive Board of Election (CEBE). Local administrative Executive Boards are also established.
Who has the right to vote?
The law does not specifically bar anybody from voting. All Iranian citizens have the right to vote if they have turned 16, are not declared mentally ill, and possess an official ID card (or passport, if residing abroad). Prisoners are also permitted to vote, but in their case, in practice, the ID card requirement is not strictly enforced. However, it must be noted that Afghans who have lived in Iran for nearly four decades and their children, who were born and grew up in Iran, are barred from voting because there are no laws that allow them to apply for citizenship.
Can anyone run for President?
No. Article 35 of the Presidential Election Law, directly quoted from Article 115 of the Constitution, is discriminatory and inconsistent with international standards for election. It states that presidential candidates must “be political and religious rejal”, and “faithful and adherent to the foundations of the Islamic Republic of Iran and to the official religion of the country.” This provision effectively prevents all members of the political opposition, government critics, women, and non-Shiites from standing as candidates.

Women candidates have consistently registered as candidates in all 12 presidential elections in Iran since 1979, but the Guardian Council of the Constitution has disqualified them.
Members of the political opposition do not even take the risk to stand as candidates. The last time any candidate associated with the opposition registered, and withdrew before the election, was in the first presidential election in 1979. Some critics who register occasionally are disqualified.
Official Religion: Under the Constitution, the ‘official religion of the country’ is the Twelve-imam Ja’fari school of the Shi’a. Hence, not only followers of the three ‘officially recognised’ non-Islamic religions but even all non-Shiite Muslims, including Sunni Muslims are expressly barred from standing for President. Consequently, the majority of Iranian Kurds, Baloch, Turkmen, and a portion of the Arab population, who are Sunni Muslims, are also barred from standing for office.
In the run-up to the current elections, the Guardian Council of the Constitution disqualified all but six candidates (0.37%) out of 1,636 people who had registered as candidates for elections, including all the 137 women who had registered. The disqualification of a large number of candidates and all female candidates has been a consistent trend. For example, in the 2009 presidential election, only four male candidates (0.84%) were approved out of the 476 persons who registered. All 42 women who registered were disqualified. In 2013, 686 people registered, but only eight men (1.25%) were approved. All 30 female candidates, who registered, were disqualified. In addition, a number of former and serving MPs and ministers, who registered in this and previous presidential elections, were all disqualified.
Who are the approved candidates in the 19 May presidential election?
The six approved candidates (all men) are:
1) Hassan Rouhani
2) Ebrahim Ra’eesi
3) Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf
4) Es’haq Jahangiri
5) Mostafa Mir-Salim
Mostafa Hashemi Taba
None of the six is critical of the Iranian state’s structure and overall policies and all of them have held various positions at the highest levels of the country’s political system. The two frontrunners are Rouhani and Ra’eesi.
Hassan Rouhani, 68, the incumbent president, has held numerous other high-ranking positions prior to the beginning of his first term as president in 2013. Past positions held include: five-term Member of Parliament from 1980 to 2000; member of the Assembly of Experts since 2000; member of Expediency Discernment Council from 1991; and, since 1989, member and secretary of the National Supreme Security Council (NSSC) and now its chair. Rouhani has taken credit for the agreement over the nuclear deal with the 5+1 powers in 2015, but his government has not been able to use the agreement to reap any economic benefits for the country for two major reasons. First, the power struggle within the establishment in Iran has discouraged western investors. Second, investors have been hesitant to do business in Iran for fear of possible US sanctions. Rouhani has been described as a former hard-liner who has moved toward ‘moderation’ and found backing among the ‘reformist’ groups, in addition to former President Khatami.
Ebrahim Ra’eesi, 56, a cleric politically close to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his disciple for 14 years, was appointed by the Supreme Leader to head a very wealthy and powerful foundation in Khorassan province in early 2016. The foundation does not pay any taxes and Mr. Ra’eesi is accountable only to Khamenei. He has held various judicial positions since his early 20s. Ra’eesi is known as a hard-liner, openly backed by hardl-ine clerical figures and organisations, hard-line newspapers, and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). Even some members of the Guardian Council of the Constitution, who must be neutral under the law, take part in his rallies. Many cohorts of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are involved in his campaign. Although the Supreme Leader has not, and will not publicly take sides, the line-up of Mr. Ra’eesi’s backers and their public pronouncements point to the Supreme Leader’s preference. This is particularly significant as Mr. Ra’eesi has been mentioned as a favourite to succeed the 77-year-old Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is rumoured to be ill.
Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, the mayor of Tehran, withdrew from the race on 15 May 2017 in favour of Ra’eesi. As mayor of Tehran, Qalibaf has been involved in various financial and political scandals.
Es’haq Jahangiri withdrew from the race on 16 May 2017 in Rouhani’s favour. Currently vice-president under Mr. Rouhani, he is known as a ‘reformist’. It is believed that he registered as a backup candidate for Rouhani just in case the hard-liners managed to disqualify the incumbent President from running.
Mostafa Mir-Salim, a former minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance in the 1980s, is not a serious threat to the two leading candidates. He is the only candidate officially nominated by a political party – the Islamic Coalition Party – which is widely referred to as the ‘bazaar’s party,’ i.e. the trading sector. Mr. Mir-Salim and his party are politically close to high-ranking clerics and the Supreme Leader, but, unlike the 1980s, they do not have much political clout. On 17 May 2017, the Islamic Coalition Party announced that Mir-Salim had withdrawn from the race and the party would support Mr. Ra’eesi. Mr-Salim denied he had withdrawn.
Mr. Mostafa Hashemi Taba, former director of Physical Education Organisation and head of the National Olympic Committee, is not a serious contender and has already said that he would vote for Mr. Rouhani.
What is the human rights record of the six main candidates?
Hassan Rouhani’s record on human rights does not offer much to be proud of. In particular, as head of the National Supreme Security Council (NSSC), he frequently decided on the detention of high-profile human rights activists and political dissidents. During his first term as President, Mr. Rouhani occasionally made a lukewarm push for a ‘Citizenship Rights Charter’, which has not become a law. Furthermore, the provisions of the ‘Charter’ do not differ from the existing provisions of the Constitution, many of which are highly undemocratic and discriminatory especially against women and minorities. Rouhani’s government has not taken any notable action to prevent the arbitrary arrest and detention of political activists, journalists, and human rights defenders or secure their release. His Ministry of Intelligence has been responsible for some of the arrests.
Ebrahim Ra’eesi, at the age of 21, was deputy prosecutor in the cities of Karaj and Hamedan, where many dissidents were executed. In his position as deputy prosecutor of Tehran (1985-89), he was a member of a Commission appointed by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the first Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Commission, which has been famously referred to as the ‘Death Commission’, effectively acted as a court of last resort. In 1988, the Commission retried thousands of political prisoners already serving prison sentences in summary trials lasting only a few minutes. As a result, several thousand were sentenced to death and executed in the span of a few months. Later, as deputy head of the Judiciary, Ra’eesi was influential in repressing, silencing, and executing protestors after the controversial 2009 presidential election.
Mr. Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, a former commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, was involved in suppressing various popular protests, most notably the students revolt in 1999, in his capacity as commander of Tehran Police Force.
Mr. Mostafa Mir-Salim, was very strict during his term of office as minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance in the 1980s, when the publishing and film industries were subjected to systematic government censorship.
Will observers be allowed monitor the election?
International observation is not provided for in the election laws. Candidates can send one representative to each polling station and report any irregularities to the Guardian Council of the Constitution.
Has there been an election campaign?
Presidential candidates could start campaigning from the date on which the Ministry of Interior announces their candidacy up to the morning of the day before the election. This year, televised debates were organised with all the six candidates taking part. The six candidates took part in three televised debates, in which Hassan Rouhani, Ebrahim Ra’eesi, Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, and Es’haq Jahangiri were accused by other candidates of corruption, profiteering, and nepotism. The accusations were particularly strong against Qalibaf.
In the current election, the domestic media are polarised between Rouhani and Ra’eesi. Depending on their inclinations, they have been campaigning in favour of one or the other candidate. The social media, in particular Facebook and Instagram, play a very important role in a candidate’s campaign strategy. In this regard, the leading candidates have Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
The judiciary has blocked several pro-Rouhani channels on the popular app Telegram and arrested their administrators and at least one person who openly called for election boycott in the central city of Esfahan.
How decisive is the role of the President?
Real political power is held by the head of State and the Executive Branch, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Under the Constitution, he has vast official powers of policymaking and policy endorsement. He supervises the implementation of policies and serves as the supreme commander of the armed forces. He appoints and dismisses clerical members of the Guardian Council of the Constitution, the head of the judiciary, the head of the national radio and TV, and the commanders of all armed forces. The Supreme Leader can dismiss the president after a decision of the Supreme Court or the Parliament. Unofficially, he determines the appointment of some of the ministers and policies of the government.
The post of president can become important after the current election if the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 77, dies during the president’s term of office. In that event, Article 11 of the Constitution states that a council consisting of the president, head of the judicial power, and a clerical member of the Guardian Council, to be chosen by the Expediency Discernment Council, shall temporarily take over all duties of the Supreme Leader until a new Supreme Leader is appointed. This has made the current election very significant for the major power brokers, including many top clerics and the IRGC, whose top commanders are closely affiliated with the hard-line faction and who have vast political and economic interests.

Iran Human Rights (IHR) and ECPM call for an immediate moratorium on the death penalty and

Iran Human Rights (IHR) and ECPM call for an immediate moratorium on the death penalty and dissolution of Revolutionary Courts which are responsible for more than 60% of all executions


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Iran: Annual report on the death penalty- 2016
Iran Human Rights (APR 3 2017):
The 9th annual report by Iran Human Rights (IHR) on the death penalty in Iran shows that in 2016 at least 530 people were executed in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Although this number is significantly lower than the annual execution numbers from the past five years, Iran remained the country with the highest number of executions per capita.

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Commenting on the relative decrease in the 2016 execution figures, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, IHR’s Director and spokesperson, said: “We welcome any reduction in the use of the death penalty. But, unfortunately, there are no indications that the relative decrease in the number of the executions in 2016 was due to a change in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s policy. Our reports show that the Iranian authorities have executed at least 140 people in the first two months of 2017 alone.”
In violation of its international obligations, Iran continued to execute juvenile offenders in 2016. According to our report, at least five juvenile offenders were executed in 2016 in Iran. Two of the juvenile offenders were reportedly sentenced to death for drug offences. Iranian authorities also carried out public executions and other barbaric punishments such as amputations, and blinding of eyes. According to IHR’s reports, 33 people were hanged in public spaces, in front of hundreds of citizens including children.
This 2016 annual report is being published only a few months before the end of Hassan Rouhani’s first presidential period. A review of Mr. Rouhani’s 3.5 years as President shows that, despite good diplomatic relations and dialogue with the EU, the number of executions under his presidency was significantly higher than the annual executions under the previous two periods under Ahmadinejad.
To launch the 2016 annual report on the death penalty in Iran, Iran Human Rights (IHR) and ECPM (Ensemble contre la peine de mort) call on Iran’s European dialogue partners to push for a moratorium on use of the death penalty in Iran and for major reforms in the country’s judicial system which does not meet minimum international standards.
The report focuses particularly on the role of the Revolutionary Courts as a major source of arbitrariness and violations of due process in the Iranian judicial system. The Revolutionary Courts are responsible for the vast majority of the death sentences issued and carried out over the last 37 years in Iran. According to IHR’s 2016 report, at least 64% of all executions in 2016 and more than 3,200 executions since 2010 have been based on death sentences issued by the Revolution Courts. The Revolution Courts are less transparent than the Public Courts and Revolutionary Court judges are known for abusing their legal powers. Trials lasting less than 15 minutes, lack of access to a chosen lawyer, and sentences based on confessions extracted under torture are the hallmarks of the Revolutionary Courts.
Revolutionary Courts also play a key role in the crackdown against human rights defenders and the abolitionist movement. In 2016 the Revolutionary Courts sentenced the human rights defenders Narges Mohammadi and Atena Daemi to 10 years and seven years in prison respectively for their activities against the death penalty.
On the issue of the lack of due process, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said: “A sustainable reduction in use of the death penalty is impossible as long as there is no due process. Revolutionary Courts which sentence hundreds of people to death every year are among the key institutions responsible for Iran’s violations of due process and must be shut down.”
ECPM’s Executive Director, Raphaël Chenuil-Hazan, said: “We call on every democratic State and all Iran’s European partners to make serious efforts to reduce the death penalty in Iran, and to include human rights, especially the situation of the death penalty in Iran, in their bilateral and multilateral dialogues. A good outcome can only be achieved through constant and permanent pressure in the dialogue with Iran.”
IHR and ECPM also call on the Iranian authorities to release Narges Mohammadi and Atena Daemi immediately. These human rights groups also call for an end to the crackdown on civil society and the prosecution of peaceful civilian activists.

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Iran: 20 people lashed for eating or drinking during Ramadan fasting hours

Iran: 20 people lashed for eating or drinking during Ramadan fasting hours

Iran: Annual report on the death penalty 2016

Iran: Annual report on the death penalty 2016
Iran remains as the worlds biggest executioner per capita


Click on this link for the short version of the 2016 report : https://iranhr.net/en/articles/2814/
Iran Human Rights (FEB 3 2017): The 9th annual report of the organization Iran Human Rights (IHR) on the death penalty in Iran shows that in 2016 at least 530 people were executed in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Although this number is significantly lower than the annual execution numbers in the past five years, Iran, with an average of more than one execution per day, remains in 2016 the country with the highest number of executions per capita.

Commenting on the relative decrease in the 2016 execution figures, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the director and spokesperson of IHR said: “We welcome any reduction in the use of the death penalty. But unfortunately there are no indications that the relative decrease in the number of the executions in 2016 was due to a change in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s policy. Our reports show that in just the first two months of 2017 Iranian authorities have executed at least 140 people.”

On the occasion of the launch of the 2016 annual report on the death penalty in Iran, the organizations Iran Human Rights (IHR) and ECPM (Ensemble contre la peine de mort) call on Iran’s European dialogue partners to push for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty in Iran and for major reforms in the country’s judicial system which does not at this time meet minimum international standards.

The report puts special focus on the role of the Revolution Courts as a major source of arbitrariness and of violations of due process in the Iranian judicial system. The Revolution Courts are responsible for the vast majority of the death sentences issued and carried out over the last 37 years in Iran. According to IHR’s 2016 report, at least 64% of all executions in 2016 and more than 3200 executions since 2010, have been based on death sentences issued by the Revolution Courts. The Revolution Courts are less transparent than the Public Courts, and Revolutionary Court judges are known for the abuse of their legal powers. Trials lasting less than 15 minutes, lack of access to a chosen lawyer, and sentences based on confessions extracted under torture are the hallmarks of the Revolution Courts.

On the issue of lack of due process Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said: “A sustainable reduction in the use of the death penalty is impossible as long as there is no due process. Revolution Courts which sentence hundreds of people to death every year are among the key institutions responsible for Iran’s violations of due process and must be shut down.”

The executive director of ECPM, Raphaël Chenuil-Hazan said: “We call on every democratic State and all Iran’s European partners to make serious efforts to reduce the death penalty in Iran, and to include Human Rights, and especially the situation of the death penalty in Iran, in their bilateral and multilateral dialogues. It is only with constant and permanent pressure in the dialogue with Iran that a good outcome can be achieved.”

IHR and ECPM also call on the Iranian authorities to release Ms. Narges Mohammadi immediately. Narges Mohammadi was sentenced by the Revolution Court to 16 years in prison, 10 of those years for establishment of an abolitionist campaign. The human rights groups also call for an end to the crackdown on civil society and the prosecution of peaceful civil activists.


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A young girl blinded at the age of four chooses to approve the implementation of her attacker's retribution sentence.



Iran: responsibility of implementing blinding punishment placed on 11 year old girl

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At the age of four, Fatemeh was a victim of violence and brutality against children. With the implementation of the retribution sentence, Fatemeh is a victim again. She will have to live knowing that she is reponsible for the blinding of a human being.

"The retribution law, or Qisas, promotes violence and places the responsibility of the death penalty or other inhumane punishments, such as blinding, on ordinary citizens, including children. It is time that this inhumane law is abolished, and we call on the international community to help make this possible," says Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, spokesperson for Iran Human Rights.

Iran Human Rights (NOV 24 2016): Fatemeh, an 11-year-old girl who was blinded at the age of four by her uncle, is once again a victim due the inhumane Iranian law of Qisas (retribution).
The blinding retribution sentence for a man who had blinded Fatemeh on July 8, 2009 was reportedly carried out two weeks ago in a prison in the Tehran area. In accordance with Iran's Islamic Penal Code, the age of maturity for females is 9 and for males is 15. As a result, the responsibility of the retribution sentence was placed on the shoulders of Fatemeh.
"I didn't know what to do, but when I was reminded of the moment that I was blinded with acid, I decided to implement the sentence, so I may send the message that the punishment of such a bitter action is retribution, and that nobody can get away after ruining someone else's life," said Fatemeh in an interview with Iranian state-run media.
At the age of four, Fatemeh was a victim of violence and brutality against children. With the implementation of the retribution sentence, Fatemeh is a victim again. She may have to live knowing that she is reponsible for the blinding of a human being.
The retribution sentence requires the victim or the family of the victim to decide whether to forgive or approve the implementation of the sentence. When the victim or their family chooses to forgive, the offender is typically released shortly after, and justice is not served. If the victim or family approve the implementation of the sentence, they could experience mental health problems and thus become victims again.
"The retribution law, or Qisas, promotes violence and places the responsibility of the death penalty or other inhumane punishments, such as blinding, on ordinary citizens, including children. It is time that this inhumane law is abolished, and we call on the international community to help make this possible," says Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, spokesperson for Iran Human Rights.
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Iranian authorities blinded both of the eyes of a man yesterday for allegedly throwing lime into the face of his four-year-old niece- This is the second such punishment is implemented in Iran.
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Iran Authorities Carry Out 'Eye for an Eye' Blinding Punishment on Eve of Human Rights Talks with EU
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"Iran is probably the only country where the authorities implement medieval punishments such as gouging of the eyes. We call on the international community, especially the EU, to put on top of their agenda in talks with Iran, a moratorium on the death penalty and removal of all medieval punishments - including blinding, amputation and public executions - from the law," says Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, spokesperson for Iran Human Rights.

ran Human Rights (NOV 9 2016):Official Iranian media, including ISNA, have reported on a blinding punishment sentence carried out on Monday November 8 in one of the prisons near Tehran.
Iranian authorities blinded both of the eyes of a man from Qorveh (Kurdistan province), identified as "Mohammad Reza", for allegedly throwing lime into the face of his four-year-old niece in the Sanandaj region and blinding her.
Implementation of this Qisas (eye for an eye punishment) sentence occured on the eve of a new round of talks betwee the Iranian authorities and the European Union. The talks will take place in Brussels where the officials reportedly plan to discuss as part of their dialogue the situation of human rights in Iran.
Mohammad Shahriari, the head of the prosecutor's office at Tehran's criminal court, says this is the second blinding punishment sentence carried out in Iran since the passing of an article in Iran's acid attack punishment law which was *adopted in 1958. The other blinding punishment sentence was carried out last year in March 2015.
Additionally, Iran Human Rights (IHR) has reported on at least 19 execution sentences which were carried out in various Iranian prisons since the beginning of November 2016. IHR condemns the blinding punishment and the wave of executions in Iran, and calls for international reactions.
"Iran is probably the only country where the authorities implement medieval punishments such as gouging of the eyes. The execution of such a sentence on the eve of a human rights dialogue between Iran and the European Union tests the EU's commitment and determination to push for human rights improvements in Iran. We call on the international community, especially the EU, to put on top of their agenda in talks with Iran, a moratorium on the death penalty and removal of all medieval punishments - including blinding, amputation and public executions - from the law," says Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, spokesperson for Iran Human Rights.

* In 1958, the acid attack law did not include the eye for an eye punishment, which was introduced after the inception of the Islamic Republic.
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Iran Authorities Carry Out 'Eye for an Eye' Blinding Punishment on Eve of Human Rights Talks with EU
https://iranhr.net/en/articles/2698/
"Iran is probably the only country where the authorities implement medieval punishments such as gouging of the eyes. We call on the international community, especially the EU, to put on top of their agenda in talks with Iran, a moratorium on the death penalty and removal of all medieval punishments - including blinding, amputation and public executions - from the law," says Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, spokesperson for Iran Human Rights.

ran Human Rights (NOV 9 2016):Official Iranian media, including ISNA, have reported on a blinding punishment sentence carried out on Monday November 8 in one of the prisons near Tehran.
Iranian authorities blinded both of the eyes of a man from Qorveh (Kurdistan province), identified as "Mohammad Reza", for allegedly throwing lime into the face of his four-year-old niece in the Sanandaj region and blinding her.
Implementation of this Qisas (eye for an eye punishment) sentence occured on the eve of a new round of talks betwee the Iranian authorities and the European Union. The talks will take place in Brussels where the officials reportedly plan to discuss as part of their dialogue the situation of human rights in Iran.
Mohammad Shahriari, the head of the prosecutor's office at Tehran's criminal court, says this is the second blinding punishment sentence carried out in Iran since the passing of an article in Iran's acid attack punishment law which was *adopted in 1958. The other blinding punishment sentence was carried out last year in March 2015.
Additionally, Iran Human Rights (IHR) has reported on at least 19 execution sentences which were carried out in various Iranian prisons since the beginning of November 2016. IHR condemns the blinding punishment and the wave of executions in Iran, and calls for international reactions.
"Iran is probably the only country where the authorities implement medieval punishments such as gouging of the eyes. The execution of such a sentence on the eve of a human rights dialogue between Iran and the European Union tests the EU's commitment and determination to push for human rights improvements in Iran. We call on the international community, especially the EU, to put on top of their agenda in talks with Iran, a moratorium on the death penalty and removal of all medieval punishments - including blinding, amputation and public executions - from the law," says Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, spokesperson for Iran Human Rights.

* In 1958, the acid attack law did not include the eye for an eye punishment, which was introduced after the inception of the Islamic Republic.
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Spokesperson of Iran Human Rights, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam

Execution of Zeinab

Execution of Zeinab


Zeinab Sekanvand another young Iranian woman from Kurdistan region is set to be executed by the Islamic regime of Iran. She is accused of killing her husband. When she was arrested, only 17 was held in the police station and tortured by male police officers for weeks to make her confess to the killing. Zeinab was denied access to a lawyer until the very last minute before her unfair trail. In court she refused to plead guilty but made a shocking statement that the brother of her husband who had raped her many times was responsible for the murder.
The court ignored that Zeinab was abused for months by her husband and refused her request for a divorce. The court ignored that she was raped and raped by her brother in law. The court ignored that she was forced to confess after months of torture and the promise by her brother in law that he would pardon her (according to the Islamic law Qesas under which she is sentenced to death, she would go free if a male member of killed person family pardon her). The court ignored that she made the confession, when she had no access to a lawyer. But what the court relied on was the initial confession that she made under the force, physical torture and deception. Zeinab under such highly discriminating circumstances was sentenced to death by hanging.
Zeinab has been the victim of a patriarchal society, to become a bride when she was still a teenager, she has been abused by her husbands and raped by her brother in law, abused and torture by the police officers and the prosecutors and that is still not enough for an anti-woman, religious regime who wants to penalise her with death because she is a woman and so she is guilty in any case.
This brutal and anti-woman regime has taken the life of hundreds of women who have been the victim of male supremacy, rape, domestic violence and other kinds of violence.
Reyhaneh Jabbari, a 19 years old Iranian girl was executed in 2014 for stabbing the man who attempted to rape her. There have been many similar cases of execution such as the case of Delar Darabi ... but this cannot go on. Many other women such as Razieh Ebrahimi who is accused of killing her husband because of years physical and verbal abuse are on the death row.
It is enough!! we cannot allow that a rotten religious regime to take the life of so many of our young women who have suffered so much and are trapped in the cycle of abuse at home and by the system in a society that patriarchy is dominant and is strongly protected by the reactionary traditions, religion and above all with a suppression machine called Islamic regime of Iran. These women have a life ahead of them and deserve to have it free of violence and abuses.
The Islamic regime forged its ideological identity by imposing laws and rules on women, aimed at keeping them subordinate to men as lesser beings living lives restricted by their gender. It has always reserved its most cruel repression for women, especially those who defy these reactionary laws and the system as a whole. The theocratic state considers any action by a woman not under the control of her masters a threat to the whole social order and the patriarchal and religious ideology that binds it together.
The Islamic regime is well aware that increasing number of women is losing their patients and cannot tolerate such suffocating anti-woman relation in which the women are not treated as a human being. They are aware that increasing numbers of women are rebelling against the reactionary traditions and the laws and religion that promote and support them. The young women want to marry those who they love even if they have to run away from home. If they are not protected against the rapist they will defend themselves. If they are not defended against the violent husband they will have to fight it themselves.
The relation between the Islamic regime and the people, during more than 37 years of their rule has been defined only through suppression, prison, torture, assault, rape and execution.
The oppressive anti-women regime of the Islamic Republic has executed at least tens of thousands of political prisoners since its foundation in 1979 and it has executed more than 2000 prisoners including political prisoners since 2014. Once more they have retained the number one position on a world scale!
Since Rohani’s presidency and the Iranian regime’s efforts to convince the US and European imperialists that they can be relied on as a "legitimate" and powerful state in helping them to come out of its economic and Middle East crisis, the regime has intensified the arrests and executions of their opponents. In turn the imperialist powers, have turned a blind eye on the executions, the intensification of the subordination of women, the imprisonment of the opposition, the repression and imprisonment of workers and toiling people by the Islamic state, as they have done throughout the past 37 years since the Islamic Regime came to power.
The 8 March Women’s Organisation (Iran-Afghanistan) is calling to all progressive and freedom lovers to act immediately to prevent the execution of Zeinab Sekanvand and the lives of hundreds who are in danger especially those women who are in death row. We should be able to stop the killings of every single one of them by organizing our protests.
Please send your protest against this execution and your support for Zeinab to our e-mail address:
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stop-the-execution-of-zeinab-sekanvand
8 March Women’s Organisation (Iran-Afghanistan)
October 2016
www.8mars.com / zan_dem_iran@hotmail.com
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Stop the Execution of Zeinab


Zeinab Sekanvand another young Iranian woman from Kurdistan region is set to be executed by the Islamic regime of Iran. She is accused of killing her husband. When she was arrested, only 17 was held in the police station and tortured by male police officers for weeks to make her confess to the killing. Zeinab was denied access to a lawyer until the very last minute before her unfair trail. In court she refused to plead guilty but made a shocking statement that the brother of her husband who had raped her many times was responsible for the murder.
The court ignored that Zeinab was abused for months by her husband and refused her request for a divorce. The court ignored that she was raped and raped by her brother in law. The court ignored that she was forced to confess after months of torture and the promise by her brother in law that he would pardon her (according to the Islamic law Qesas under which she is sentenced to death, she would go free if a male member of killed person family pardon her). The court ignored that she made the confession, when she had no access to a lawyer. But what the court relied on was the initial confession that she made under the force, physical torture and deception. Zeinab under such highly discriminating circumstances was sentenced to death by hanging.
Zeinab has been the victim of a patriarchal society, to become a bride when she was still a teenager, she has been abused by her husbands and raped by her brother in law, abused and torture by the police officers and the prosecutors and that is still not enough for an anti-woman, religious regime who wants to penalise her with death because she is a woman and so she is guilty in any case.
This brutal and anti-woman regime has taken the life of hundreds of women who have been the victim of male supremacy, rape, domestic violence and other kinds of violence.
Reyhaneh Jabbari, a 19 years old Iranian girl was executed in 2014 for stabbing the man who attempted to rape her. There have been many similar cases of execution such as the case of Delar Darabi ... but this cannot go on. Many other women such as Razieh Ebrahimi who is accused of killing her husband because of years physical and verbal abuse are on the death row.
It is enough!! we cannot allow that a rotten religious regime to take the life of so many of our young women who have suffered so much and are trapped in the cycle of abuse at home and by the system in a society that patriarchy is dominant and is strongly protected by the reactionary traditions, religion and above all with a suppression machine called Islamic regime of Iran. These women have a life ahead of them and deserve to have it free of violence and abuses.
The Islamic regime forged its ideological identity by imposing laws and rules on women, aimed at keeping them subordinate to men as lesser beings living lives restricted by their gender. It has always reserved its most cruel repression for women, especially those who defy these reactionary laws and the system as a whole. The theocratic state considers any action by a woman not under the control of her masters a threat to the whole social order and the patriarchal and religious ideology that binds it together.
The Islamic regime is well aware that increasing number of women is losing their patients and cannot tolerate such suffocating anti-woman relation in which the women are not treated as a human being. They are aware that increasing numbers of women are rebelling against the reactionary traditions and the laws and religion that promote and support them. The young women want to marry those who they love even if they have to run away from home. If they are not protected against the rapist they will defend themselves. If they are not defended against the violent husband they will have to fight it themselves.
The relation between the Islamic regime and the people, during more than 37 years of their rule has been defined only through suppression, prison, torture, assault, rape and execution.
The oppressive anti-women regime of the Islamic Republic has executed at least tens of thousands of political prisoners since its foundation in 1979 and it has executed more than 2000 prisoners including political prisoners since 2014. Once more they have retained the number one position on a world scale!
Since Rohani’s presidency and the Iranian regime’s efforts to convince the US and European imperialists that they can be relied on as a "legitimate" and powerful state in helping them to come out of its economic and Middle East crisis, the regime has intensified the arrests and executions of their opponents. In turn the imperialist powers, have turned a blind eye on the executions, the intensification of the subordination of women, the imprisonment of the opposition, the repression and imprisonment of workers and toiling people by the Islamic state, as they have done throughout the past 37 years since the Islamic Regime came to power.
The 8 March Women’s Organisation (Iran-Afghanistan) is calling to all progressive and freedom lovers to act immediately to prevent the execution of Zeinab Sekanvand and the lives of hundreds who are in danger especially those women who are in death row. We should be able to stop the killings of every single one of them by organizing our protests.
Please send your protest against this execution and your support for Zeinab to our e-mail address:
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stop-the-execution-of-zeinab-sekanvand
8 March Women’s Organisation (Iran-Afghanistan)
October 2016
www.8mars.com / zan_dem_iran@hotmail.com
facebook.com/8Mars.org / youtube.com/8marsorg

Iran's Judiciary Chied Sadegh Amoli Larijani: "We want prosecutors in the country to not to hesitate in

Iran Judiciary Chief Statement Sparks Fears of New Wave of Mass Executions of Drug Offenders in Iran
In stark contradiction to recent remarks by judicial officials, Iran's Judiciary Chief has declared that executions are a deterrent against drugs and has called on the quick implementation of drug-related death sentences.
Iran's Judiciary Chied Sadegh Amoli Larijani: "We want prosecutors in the country to not to hesitate in implementing the (death) sentences," -"We should not wait three years (before carrying out the execution sentences), until the prisoner learns how to pray in order to get amnesty"
IHR's Spokesperson Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam: "Larijani is actually giving the execution order of thousands of prisoners at a much higher speed than before. The international community must take Mr. Larijani's execution order seriously. One option is that the UNODC could halt its anti-narcotic cooperation with Iran".


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Iran Judiciary Chief Statement Sparks Fears of New Wave of Mass Executions of Drug Offenders in Iran
In stark contradiction to recent remarks by judicial officials, Iran's Judiciary Chief has declared that executions are a deterrent against drugs and has called on the quick implementation of drug-related death sentences.

link: http://iranhr.net/en/articles/2665/
Iran Human Rights (OCT 3 2016):Iran's head of Judiciary, Sadegh Amoli Larijani, recently said that the Judiciary has no plans to abolish the death penalty and called on Iranian judicial officials to not hesitate in carrying out the execution sentences for alleged drug offenders. Amoli Larijani's official remarks were made on Thursday September 29 in Mashhad, at the 13th annual conference for Iran's revolutionary, military and public courts.
According to Iranian state run media, Fars, in his remarks Amoli Larijani referred to drug traffickers as "merchants of death" and rejected calls for the complete abolition of the death penalty for crimes related to drug trafficking. "Executions are not necessarily desirable, but narcotics are a great detriment to society and also shatter families. We have no choice but to confront the issue quickly, swiftly, firmly, and decisively. We want prosecutors in the country to not to hesitate in implementing the (death) sentences," said Amoli Larijani. "We should not wait three years (before carrying out the execution sentences), until the prisoner learns how to pray in order to get amnesty...It is offensive to say that the death penalty is ineffective. If it wasn't for the strictness of the Judiciary, the situation would be much worse."
Amoli Larijani's execution order comes two weeks after Mohammad Javad Larijani, Iran's chief of the Judiciary's "human rights council", visited several countries in Europe, including Italy, for human rights dialogue with European officials.
Just last month, the deputy of the Judiciary Chief, Mohammad Bagher Olfat, said that executing drug offenders in Iran has not decreased the volume of drugs: "The reality is that the death penalty for drug traffickers has not acted as a deterrent so far. We fought against many drug traffickers in accordance to the law, but, unfortunately, the volume of drugs entering and transiting through the country has increased...It is important to note that the individuals who are being executed are not the main drug traffickers, because the main drug traffickers are not involved in the shipment of drugs."
Iran Human Rights warns against mass executon of drug offenders after the Judiciary chief's statements. "Iran may be entering a new period of a high number of executions," says Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, spokesperson for Iran Human Rights. In 2015, Iranian authorities executed nearly 1000 people on Sadeq Amoli Larijani's orders. According to Iran Human Rights, majority of the prisoners were executed on drug-related charges.
"When the Judiciary Chief instructs prosecuters to not hesitate in carrying out the execution sentences for drug offenders or to wait until the prisoners gain eligibility for amnesty, he is actually giving the execution order of thousands of prisoners at a much higher speed than before. The international community must take Mr. Larijani's execution order seriously. One option is that the UNODC could halt its anti-narcotic cooperation with Iran," says Amiry-Moghaddam. "While several top Iranian officials, among them Mr. Olfat, have admitted that executions are not a deterrent against drugs, Mr. Amoli Larijani, without presenting any new evidence, has claimed the opposite."
According to Iran Human Rights, Iranian authorities have executed at least 65 people in the past month. 51 of these executions were reportedly carried out for drug-related offenses.
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Iran Human Rights (MAR 14 2016): Iran Human Rights' 8th annual report on the death penalty reveals

The full English report was published on Monday March 14 and can be downloaded here.



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Raphaël Chenuil-Hazan, Executive Director of ECPM
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Iran Human Rights (MAR 14 2016): Iran Human Rights' 8th annual report on the death penalty reveals 2015 to be one of the darkest years in the Islamic Republic of Iran's history. However, the horrifying death penalty record has not had an impact on relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the West.

On average between two and three people were hanged every single day in Iran; juvenile offenders, women, political prisoners, and alleged drug offenders were among them. That's at least 969 executions in 2015, the highest annual number in more than 25 years.

Iran Human Rights calls on the United Nations to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, the international community to require procedural transparency and guarantee fair trials from Iranian authorities, and also European partners to help reduce the usage of the death penalty in Iran by putting the death penalty on top of the agenda in any talks with Iranian authorities. “Europe and European companies cannot be silent witnesses to Iran’s horrendous death penalty record. Upgrading business relationship with the Iranian authorities must be conditioned on restriction of the use of the death penalty.
The numbers presented in this report are very close toin line with the numbers presented by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of the human rights in Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed.
On average between two and three people were hanged every single day in Iran; juvenile offenders, women, political prisoners, and alleged drug offenders were among them. That's at least 969 executions in 2015, the highest annual number in more than 25 years. 66% of the executions were for drug offenses, even though Iranian authorities have admitted multiple times in the past that the death penalty has not decreased the volume of drug crimes in Iran. 2015 was also the year when the Islamic Republic of Iran emerged out of several years of isolation. Following the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group, sanctions were lifted and the diplomatic climate between the Islamic Republic and the West improved significantly. Currently there are hundreds of European companies preparing to resume business in Iran.
Although the reaction of the international community to the wave of executions has not been adequate, there have been some encouraging signs inside Iran with activists and civil society leaders coming together to stand against the death penalty. In particular the forgiveness movement is rising in Iran. According to the annual report, the number of victims who chose forgiveness was higher than those who asked for a retribution death sentence for the murder convict.


EXECUTION TRENDS UNDER PRESIDENT HASSAN ROUHANI
Since the election of Hassan Rouhani in June 2013, at least 2162 people have been executed in Iran. A comparison between the two and a half years after Hassan Rouhani’s election and the two and a half years before his election show an increase of 43% in the number of executions carried out in Iran.
The dramatic increase in the number of executions after the election of President Rouhani has been, according to some, a reflection of the power struggle between the conservative Judiciary and the “moderate” government of President Rouhani. Although it is the judiciary which issues and implements death sentences, neither President Rouhani nor members of his cabinet have expressed any dissatisfaction about the large number of executions. On the contrary, when President Rouhani or Foreign minister Javad Zarif were given chances to make a statement about the death penalty they defended Iran’s high number of executions.
On the occasion of launching this annual report, Iran Human Rights (IHR) and Ensemble contre la peine de mort (ECPM) call on Iran’s European partners to make more efforts to reduce the death penalty in Iran. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the Director of IHR said, “Europe and European companies cannot be silent witnesses to Iran’s horrendous death penalty record. Upgrading business relationship with the Iranian authorities must be conditioned on restriction of the use of the death penalty. The growing abolitionist civil society inside Iran, and Iran’s need for foreign investments provide a rare opportunity for Europe to contribute to limiting the use of the death penalty and improving human rights in Iran”. Raphaël Chenuil-Hazan, the Executive Director of ECPM said, “We call on Iran to impose a moratorium on the death penalty for drug related offences, while it is considering a new legislation of the Anti-drug law. We also ask the Iranian authorities to give special consideration to the most vulnerable groups in the Iranian society, including Afghan citizens”.


The full English report was published on Monday March 14 and can be downloaded here.

5:15 / 11:59 Iranian Revolution Documentary (real events) Part two


Sunday 21 February 2016

Five political prisoners in ahvaz in Danger of Execution by the islamic regime


The fate of five Ahwazi Arab men has been predetermined by Farhad Afsharnia, the head of Judiciary in the Khuzestan province of Iran, prior to a trial or verdict.
Afsharnia tells Iranian official sources, including Mehr News and IRNA, that he predicts the prisoners will be hanged to death in public. However, Afsharnia admits they have not been issued sentences for the alleged crime of killing Iranian security agents by gunfire. According to Afsharnia, the men were arrested at a checkpoint in a vilage in the city of Hamidyeh (Khuzestan province).
Ahwazi human rights groups have identified the prisoners as Gheys Abidavi, Hamoud Abidavi, Mohammad Halafi, Mehdi Moarabi and Mehdi Siahi. According to Ahwaz Human Rights Organization, the men were subjected to brutal torture and were forced to give confessions which Iranian authorities aired on Press TV.
Iran state news agencies list the alleged crimes the men have been accused of as moharebeh, corruption on earth, and active membership in a terrorist group. Iranian intelligence agents claim that on April 2 2015, the five Ahwazi Arab men shot bullets at a tent containing Iranian security guards inside, resulting in the death of three of them.
Iran Human Rights is fundamentally opposed to the death penalty and condemns sentencing the five Ahwazi Arab men to death. IHR calls for the case of these men to be investigated in a fair and open trial, with the presence of their lawyers and indepedendent media.
"These five men along with other individuals who are faced with security charges have not received a fair trial and their scheduled executions by Iranian authorities are meant to spread fear in the society. We ask the international community, especially European governments, to place pressure on Iranian authorities in order to stop these executions and also help improve the human rights situation, primarly in Iran's ethnic regions," says Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, spokesperson for Iran Human Rights.
Sourse : Iran Human Rights

Reyhaneh Jabbari


Letter 13 by: Reyhaneh Jabbari



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I am Reyhaneh Jabbari and am 26 years old. I confess that I am no longer willing to continue this way of life. It feels as if the meaning of life is only breathing and sewing the seams of day to the seams of night. Repetition and expectation has worn out my spirit—like sand paper on my soul. At the moment both my body and my soul are bloodied and wounded. I feel like those soldiers fighting in battle. They use all their energy defeating the enemy. The ways to destroy the enemy occupies their mind so much that they no longer think of those at home. But soon if they do not achieve anything in battle, they become defeated. Stillness of expectation eats a man like termites from within. Most long wars end because the soldiers’ spirits are broken– on both sides. No matter what the leaders of a country say, no matter who they name the winner and the loser, the civilians know how much they suffered. The graveyards of both countries bare witness—chock full of pieces of their youth. Houses without roofs.

I am Reyhaneh, 26, and I am tired of the grueling war I have been fighting with the Sarbandi family, for my freedom—a family that I do not hate. After all the years that have passed after the incident I have realized that although Sarbandi was not a young man, he had not learned many lessons from life. Like the fact that he had no right to lure me to a place and he had no right to force himself on me. He had no rights to me. Why did this have to happen? I thought about this day and night. Why did he attack me and how was it that a man of such stature fell to such low levels? Ours was the opposite sides of fate. I came to a conclusion that he wanted nothing more than pleasure for himself and he wanted it by force and I wanted nothing more than to break away from him— by force. I came to that discovery while speaking to my cellmates one day, yes a conclusion that the courts were not able to deduce.

For the first time in 2008, I sat and listened to the life story of one the prisoners who was there for prostitution. I used to hate her and look down on her. I hated the vile language she used and how she had lured young girls into her profession. When I used to pass her in the corridor I refused to look at her; I hated the way she walked, the way she ate even the way she slept. I hated everything about her. Even while she was in prison she was looking for new girls to recruit, because she knew soon she would be freed and would have to return to that awful profession. I looked at her like a vile, wild animal. It turned out that one day circumstances put me in a position that I got to sit with her and listen to her story. I will call her by a pseudo name: Mina M.

In 1979, as the revolution happened Mina was going to grade school. Her father had a hard time feeding his family as he had odd, seasonal jobs like shoveling snow. He left for the city of Bandar Abbas to find a job. While he was gone and the family was waiting for him to send money, the poor mother resorted to stealing food from small stores to feed her children; all in the hopes that the father will return with some money. But he never returned. Mina had two brothers and one sister. Soon the mother could not provide for schooling and Mina had to stop going to school. She would see her mother leave the house every day at sun down like clockwork. Soon her older sister started following her mother. Mina would find out the true significance of sun set.

I am Reyhaneh and I know that environment and family can influence a person’s path outside that person’s control. I know that without knowing the situation inside and out one cannot sit in judgement of another. I learned from speaking with Mina that if anyone was put in her situation they would turn out exactly like her. I realized no one in her situation could have escaped selling herself. Unless one day as they were being slaves to others, they deeply and truly wanted to escape and then a door may have opened for them to flee. Mina told me everything about her profession. She said that as soon a woman of the night is all dried up, she is tossed away like garbage with contempt. Either she is killed by someone or she kills herself. Rarely do prostitutes die a natural death or live a long, natural life.

Mina told me that her mother worked her sister and herself to death, forcing them to sell their bodies so that her two brothers could have a good, easy life. Mina hated her mother for putting such a difference between the boys and the girls. She hated her brothers. Maybe she even hated her only son who was a product of rape and only 17 years younger than her. Her son demanded that her mother still provide for him even while she was in prison! Mina told me about the first time she was “sold” to a middle aged man by a corrupt, criminal man who took part of her mother and sister’s earnings. She remembered wailing and begging for them to let her be. She was 12 and was raped. She said after that anytime she was with a man her face would be soaked in tears. She would curse her parents while she trembled and wished for death. But after a while it all became normal to her to a degree that she learned how to use special tricks to enslave other girls into the profession. I realized that the victims become the hunters after they lost all hope and start hunting for their own pray. Girls like young Mahsa, who was raped by her crack addict brother from the time she 12 years old until she was 16. She was in prison now in a Ward dubbed “flower buds”. She tried to kill herself many times even in front of people she would take broken glass and cut her wrists. Had it not been for a few kind hearted prisoners she would had died. Neesha was another young girl in prison. After her parents divorced neither wanted her. She was six and went to live with her grandmother where she was beaten and humiliated repeatedly. She was raped by her uncle many times until she was 15 so she decided to run away from that situation—a noble and right thing to do. Neesha went to live with a friend where she met a man named Ali offered to pay for her to go to beauty school. Everything was going well for Neesha until Ali introduced her to Tina—a drug addict. So this runaway who was raped by her uncle became addicted to drugs. Ali let her go but she had nowhere to go. She lived in public toilets of city parks. Sad thing is predators are not only the rapists but the police and park authorities are also predators. Out of hunger she ended up selling drugs for Tina to clients in order to survive and the end is clear. Prison.

I, Reyaenh, have a question. Where can these girls turn to when they are sexually threatened, harassed and enslaved? To whom do they turn? The government, organizations or normal citizens? Who is available to help them? I am reminded of Soheila Ghaderi [old cellmate] who lived on the street for 13 years. No easy task while being beaten. What happens to girls who are raped and become pregnant as a result? They will either have to have an abortion in rather unsanitary way or like Soheila they feel the maternal instinct and decide to have the baby just to give birth on the street bleeding and in pain. Just to have the child and realize there is no way to take of it and nowhere that their baby belongs—no way to feed it, no future, no support. So they end up killing their baby as Soheila did. Then suddenly all the organizations and people who were invisible and unavailable to these women appear out of nowhere blaming her, damning her and pointing fingers. She is arrested, prosecuted and the noose awaits her. Reporters keep on scribbling without knowing. The authorities keep on speaking like commanders in battle. No one looks into what happened or why these women turned out the way they did. Is there no one there to ask what really happened in their lives? The society keeps on reading books….The truth is that society creates a stigma around these women but never asks what could have happened to a young girl so that she started selling her body or why she became homeless on the street? They do not ask if they had a hand in their fates or if they could have done something.

I am Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26. I shall carry the burden of their stories with me. I feel responsible and sad that I had to learn all of this in prison from the women themselves. Maybe I can do my share now to help them by shedding light on their plights. The fact is no woman will start selling her body unless she has been raped. I have felt the fear of rape first hand. Sarbandi was no different than Mahsa’s brother or Neesha’s uncle. I trusted his fatherly face. But he had other plans for me. But our cold hearted laws defends the man in cases of rape. A man cannot understand the crushed, devastated soul of a girl after she has been raped nor can he understand her frozen, shocked mind and body when she is in the hands of an aroused man who wants to rape her. How can a man feel the disgust the woman feels when the rapist’s hands touch her body? The laws are written from the perspective of men. There are kind and supportive men in society but those men are not the ones who have written the laws regarding rape.

When I was 21 years old, I realized that my defending myself against rape from Sarbandi did not sit well with the courts. Without listening to my story, my lawyer and my defense and what had actually happened that day, they started to prosecute me in court. The sessions lasted only one hour, most just minutes and I was asked only one question. I soon gave up on the courts. Anytime I heard my name called on the PA system to appear in court for the next morning, I only dreamt of being free on the streets among normal, random people. The presiding judge, Tardasti, would speak to me with such hate and intimidating tone in his voice. In one session he went so far to tell me that I should have let Sarbandi rape me and then filed a complaint later .Every question was asked of me with a tone as if I was from a ring of prostitutes—his remarks were so humiliating that my ears burned from hearing them and I would be so ashamed that I would start to sweat.

I knew my parents were just outside the courtroom and I only hoped they could not hear my humiliation. I just hoped that I had not brought such shame to them. They always came accompanied by the authorities. They always brought me food and even sometimes my mother would bring me her home cooking—meals that I could no longer eat in good conscience without sharing with other prisoners. I wanted them to have some small pleasure such a home cooked meal. My parents wanted to donate meat to the prison kitchen but the prison does not accept donations of meat. I was shocked why these rules denied poor prisoners from some simple pleasure like a good meal.

I am Reyhaneh, 26 and I am living just a few steps away from death—a death that Judge Tardasti created for me. I am not afraid of death as I have lived through things much worse than death…but what I cannot tolerate is the injustice I have been treated with which onto itself is worse than death itself……] کمیته بین المللی علیه اعدام

IRAN: More Than 800 Executions in 2015

As the World Day Against The Death Penalty Approached
On the occassion of the 13th World Day against the Death penalty, IHR once again called on the UNODC and the countries funding the UNODC projects in Iran to condition their anti-narcotic cooperation on a moratorium on the death penalty for drug offences
Iran Human Rights, October 8, 2015: On 10 October 2015, the 13th World Day Against the Death Penalty is raising awareness around the application of the death penalty for drug-related offences, to reduce its use.
As the 13th World Day Against the Death Penalty, approaches on 10. October, reports by Iran Human Rights (IHR) show that Iran's use of the death penalty in 2015 is higher than in more than 25 years.
According to a recent report by IHR, more than 800 people have been executed by 8. October 2015. More than 500 of those executed were sentenced to death for drug-related charges. Reports indicate that most of those executed for drug offences in Iran belong to the marginalized groups in the Iranian society. Moreover, unfair trials, use of torture to confessions and lack of access to lawyer are common practice for drug convicts in Iran. Reports also indicate that some of those executed might even be innocent. Mahmood Barati, a school teacher who was solely sentenced to death for a false testomony by another drug convict, is an example of this practice.

The United Nations' Office for Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) cooperates with Iran in the fight against the drug trafficking. Several European countries contribute directly or through regional projects to this cooperation. IHR and several human rights NGOs have previously called on the UNODC to freeze its anti-narcotic cooperation with Iran. Several countries such as Ireland, Denmark and UK have ceased their funding of the UNODC project in Iran, in order "not to contribute" directly or indirectly to the execution of several hundred people every year.
On the occassion of the 13th World Day against the Death penalty, IHR once again called on the UNODC and the countries funding the UNODC projects in Iran to condition their anti-narcotic cooperation on a moratorium on the death penalty for drug offences. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR said: " Iranian authorities have admitted that the executions have not contributed to a reduction in the drug crimes. As long as the cooperation between UNODC and Iran continues, the UNODC and countries cooperating with Iran on law enforcement against the drug trafficking must be held accountable for Iran's arbitrary execution of several hundred people for drug offences every year"
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Two Iranian Christians Sentenced to a Total of Ten Years in Prison


Iranian Revolutionary Court sentenced two Christians to a total of ten years in prison. One of the two convicts is from an Islamic background, currently serving another sentence in prison, and the other is an Armenian believer who is conditionally free on bail .
According to Mohabat News, Branch 28 of the central Revolutionary Court sentenced Ebrahim Firouzi, a Christian convert, to an additional five years in prison. He is already serving another sentence in Rajaei-Shahr prison. The same court sentenced Sevada Aghasar, an Iranian-Armenian Christian, to five years in prison. Mr. Aghasar is currently free on bail .
The Iranian court, announced their new charges as “action against national security through collusion and gathering" .
Mr. Firouzi’s attorney says, the five year sentence is the highest possible punishment for the charges laid against his client. He also stated that this is an initial ruling and they plan to appeal it .
Ebrahim Firouzi is a Christian prisoner currently held in ward 10 of Rajaei-Shahr prison together with other Christian prisoners. He, as well as his Christian inmates, are held in the same ward as dangerous criminals, which is against the law of classification and separation of inmates. He visited his lawyer for the first time in a court hearing on March 8, 2015 .
Mr. Firouzi was initially arrested on August 25, 2013. Prior to that he had been convicted of several charges including propaganda against the Islamic regime, evangelism, contact with anti-Islamic agents abroad and founding a Christian website, for which he was sentenced to one year in prison and two years of exile to the remote town of Sarbaz. Although he completed his initial sentence on January 13, 2015, Iranian authorities kept him in prison for new charges .
Sevada Aghasar is another convict in this case, and was given a five year sentence. He is an Iranian-Armenian resident of Tehran who had been temporarily released on Sunday March 2, 2014, after enduring six months in ward 350 of Evin prison .
Mr. Aghasar appeared in the same court as Mr. Firouzi on March 8, 2015, and was charged with action against national security through collusion and gathering. Mr. Firouzi appeared in court first and Mr. Aghasar was tried immediately after him on the same day. Should the appeal court approve his sentence, Mr. Aghasar will be sent to prison to serve his five year sentence .
A report of Aghasar’s arrest, published about two years ago, states that he was arrested together with Ebrahim Firouzi and Masoud Mirzaei on August 21, 2013, as they were meeting in Mr. Mirzaei’s work office .
At the time of that arrest, knowledgeable sources told Mohabat News that Ebrahim had said that he was supposed to report to the judicial authorities on Saturday to serve his one year sentence in prison. Thus, the purpose of Ebrahim and Sevada’s visit to Masoud’s office was solely to visit friends and say goodbye to them. Now, two of these friends are being sentenced to ten years in prison for a simple farewell visitation .
Sevada Aghasar, is an Iranian Armenian citizen and a member of the Armenian Apostolic Church. On another occasion, Aghasari’s house had been searched by the authorities and some of his belongings were seized in connection with the arrest of a Christian convert .
According to the first 2015 report of Ahmad Shaheed, UN’s Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, at least 92 Christians have been in Iranian prisons for their faith since January 2015. The report also states that in 2014 alone, 69 Christian converts were arrested and held in custody for at least 24 hours .
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Eighteen Iranian Christian Converts Sentenced to a Total of 23 Years in Prison


The Iranian Revolutionary Court sentenced 18 Christian converts to a total of 23 years in prison for evangelism and establishing house churches. Such a harsh ruling once again proves that the situation of Iranian Christian converts is degrading in the country .
Mohabat News – The Revolutionary Courts in Esfahan, Rasht, Tonekabon, and Karaj have sentenced 18 Christian converts to 23 years and nine months in total over the past two months. These sentences have been confirmed in an appeals court and are final .
Confirming this report, Mansour Borji, spokesman for the Article 18 Committee, said, “Although these prison sentences are final, some of these Christian converts are determined to appeal again to a higher court" .
A number of Christian converts mentioned in this report were arrested in 2013 in Shahin-Shahr near Esfahan. Their names are: Nasrin Kiamarzi, Sarah Fouladi, Maryam Bateni-nia, Akbar Ahmadi, Bita Ja’fari, Abbas Kiani, Fatemeh Zareie, Masoumeh Dashti, Ramin Bakhtiarvand, Neda Fouladi, Samira Fouladi, and two unnamed individuals. The Revolutionary Court in Esfahan sentenced each of the above mentioned Christians to one year in prison and two years ban to leave the country for evangelism and forming house church gatherings .
Mr. Borji stressed that none of these individuals have a criminal history and they have been found guilty in a court for the first time. He said, “We did not have permission to publish the names of five of these Christian converts, so we just referred to their number and the place of their arrest in Rasht, Tonekabon, and Karaj" .
Earlier Mr. Borji had explained that the Christian converts in Esfahan were arrested in a raid on their house church in Shahin-Shahr on February 20, 2013. A month later, they were temporarily released on bail, and were free until their day of trial .
Regarding the current situation of Christians in Iran, Mr. Borji said, “The Islamic regime of Iran treats Christians cruelly, while Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad-Javad Zarif, claims that no one is in jail in Iran for their beliefs. Despite President Rouhani’s promises in his campaign, not only do we see no relief of suppression of Christians, but we see an increase in the number of arrests and unfair sentences and the security atmosphere imposed by the Islamic regime on the Iranian Christian community still continues .
The first 2015 report by Ahmad Shaheed, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, indicates a decline in the situation of Iranian Christians. According to the report, as of January 1, 2015, at least 92 Christians have been arrested or are awaiting trial for their faith. By comparison in 2014, 69 Christian converts were arrested by Iranian authorities and held in jail for at least 24 hours .
This is all happening while Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, stated in his visit with the religious minority members of the Islamic Majlis (Parliament), that based on Islamic teachings, “followers of other religions should be treated with justice and fairness" .
Although Iran’s Islamic regime does everything in its power to impose and promote Shi’ite Islam as the state religion, to pressure religious minorities and punish conversion out of Islam with capital punishment, the trend among Iranian Shi’ite Muslims to convert to other religions, especially Christianity, is ever increasing .


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To organizations defending the rights of homosexuals around the world!

Protest against death sentences of Hossein Shool and Alireza Firooz-Abadi, charged with homosexuality!

The International Committee against Execution in Iran invites all organizations defending homosexuals to start a widespread, international movement to defend the rights of homosexuals in Islamic countries, including Iran.

Based on news received from Iran, two individuals in Sirjan and Bandar Abbas have been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

The 27 year-old Mojtaba Mohilpour was sentenced in the criminal court of Sirjan presided by Judge Tohidi. Also charged with homosexuality, Hassan Hayati was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in branch 1 of the criminal court of Hormozgan Province, presided by Judge Ab-roshan.

Hassan Hayati was first arrested and imprisoned at age 16. He was again arrested later for homosexuality and has now been in prison for seven years.

These are only examples of the barbaric and inhuman treatment of homosexuals by the Islamic Government. Hassan Hayati’s only crime is his inclination toward his own sex and for that, he has been in prison for 7 years.

Hossein Shool and Alireza Firooz-Abadi have been sentenced to death merely because they are homosexuals.

The worldwide community and particularly, defendants of homosexual rights have to observe this tragedy and protest against the crimes of Islamic governments and Islamic terror gangs.

The lives of homosexuals are in danger in countries where Islamic terror gangs such as ISIS have a presence and power. In 2015, ISIS brutally murdered several homosexuals and threw a number of them off of cliffs in Iraq and Syria.

While homosexual parades and festivities are held in European countries and in conditions when the European countries as well as the United States – pressured by homosexual rights movement – have backed down and recognized homosexual marriages, the painful and serious conditions of homosexuals in Islamic countries should not be ignored.

The International Committee Against Execution is initiating an international movement in defense of homosexuals in Islamic countries, and is inviting all to assist us by joining a campaign to save the homosexual death-row inmates in Iran and other Islam-stricken countries.

The Secretariat of the International Committee Against Execution

July 11, 2015

First Half of 2015: 570 Prisoners Hanged to Death in Iran
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Iranian authorities have executed at least 570 prisoners in the first half of 2015, an increase of about 40% compared to the first half of 2014. According to reports by Iran Human Rights, at least 1,900 people have been executed since the election of President Hassan Rouhani in June 2013. Despite the highest execution rate in more than two decades, Iranian authorities haven’t met any major criticism from the international community .
Iran Human Rights, June 30, 2015: Since the election of President Hassan Rouhani and a significant improvement in relations between Iranian and western officials, the situation of the death penalty in Iran has become the worse it has been since the last in two decades ago. At least 570 people have been hanged to death in the first six months of 2015. This represents an average of more than 3 executions each day. IHR once again calls on the international community to take Iran’s use of the death penalty seriously and show adequate reaction to it. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR said: “The dialogue between the West and Iran has apparently failed to improve the situation of the human rights in Iran. If any, the impact has been negative with regards to Iran’s use of the death penalty" .
According to IHR’s report at least 394 people have been executed for drug related charges in the first half of 2015. This counts for 69% of all executions. 190 of the executions have been carried out in the Ghezelhesar and Rajaishahr prisons of Karaj (west of Tehran) .
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Iran: 570 Executions in the first half of 2015- 1900 Executions since Hassan Rouhani became President

Iran: 570 Executions in the first half of 2015- 1900 Executions since Hassan Rouhani became President


Iranian authorities have executed at least 570 prisoners in the first half of 2015, an increase of about 40% compared to the first half of 2014. According to reports by Iran Human Rights (IHR), at least 1,900 people have been executed since the election of President Hassan Rouhani in June 2013. Despite the highest execution rate in more than two decades, Iranian authorities haven’t met any major criticism from the international community.
Iran Human Rights, July 1, 2015: Since the election of President Hassan Rouhani and a significant improvement in relations between Iranian and western officials, the rate of executions in Iran has been its highest in more than two decades. At least 570 people have been hanged to death in the first six months of 2015, representing an average of more than three executions per day. IHR once again calls on the international community to take Iran’s use of the death penalty seriously and show adequate reaction to it.
“The dialogue between the West and Iran has apparently failed to improve the situation of the human rights in Iran. If any, the impact has been negative with regards to Iran’s use of the death penalty,” says Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson for IHR.
According to IHR’s latest report, at least 394 people have been executed for drug related charges in the first half of 2015, counting for 69% of all executions. 190 of these executions were carried out in Ghezel Hesar and Rajai Shahr prisons located in the city of Karaj (west of Tehran).
Facts about the executions in Iran for the first half of 2015:
• 223 (39%) of the executions were announced by official Iranian media
• After drug offenses (69%), murder charges (19%) counted for the most amount of executions
• 34 of the executions were carried out in public spaces
• 10 women and one juvenile offender were among those executed
• Ghezel Hesar was the prison with the highest number of executions
• At least seven prisoners were executed for their political or ideological affiliations
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All political prisoners must be freed immediately and unconditionally
20 June 2015, the International Day to Support Political Prisoners in Iran



The world needs to know and be alarmed about the crimes committed against the political prisoners in Iran by the Islamic Regime, during the last 36 years. This urgently requires our attention and action:

The number of executions that have been carried out by the regime in Iran has been on the rise since Hassan Rouhani has come to power.

Attacks on political prisoners have deteriorated: long prison sentences; extending prisoners’ sentences after time being served; denying rights to lawyers; depriving prisoners to medical help; regular raids of prisononers’ cells have increased – all these attacks have been on the rise in the recent years.

The abuse and torture of political prisoners is routine. Increased prosecution of labour activists, student’s activists, children rights and women rights activists, religious minorities, gays, lesbians and families of political prisoners has been on the rise.

Despite all of this many political prisoners risk their lives to openly condemn the inhuman treatment by the Islamic regime and demand that political prisoners are defended.

We appeal to the international community and its affiliated organisations not to close their eyes to these serious violations of human rights by the Islamic regime.

We call on them to take serious, meaningful and decisive action to pressure the regime in Iran to comply with the internationally recognised human rights laws and to stop turture and execution.
On 20th June 2015, the international day to support political prisoners in Iran, We the signatories of this letter express our solidarity with all political prisoners and their families in Iran.

We demand that international human rights organisations pressure the Islamic regime systematically and effectively, to comply with the following demands:

To halt executions in Iran immediately and unconditionaly. To stop all forms of torture of political prisoners.

To provide political prisoners with medical care and medications unconditionally

To release all political prisoners

To end harassment and persecution of families of political prisoners

To end harassment, persecution and torture of lawyers who are
representing political prisoners and to provide prisoners with legal advice and lawyers at all stages of their imprisonment.

To allowed unrestricted access of independent international human rights organisations for prison inspection.


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The above will be sent to: EU, UN Human Rights Commition, Ahmed Shaheed , Amnesty International

Labor Activist Sentenced to Two Years in Prison



Farzad Moradinia, a labor activist, was convicted to two years imprisonment at the Revolutionary Court in the city of Sanandaj.
According to the news received by the Campaign to Defend Civil and Political Prisoners, Mr. Moradinia, a member of the Coordinating Committee to support labor unions, sentenced to the prison which confirmed at branch four in the Appeal Court on 23 June 2015. The verdict had been previously notified at branch first in the initial court of Kurdistan Province.
The judiciary officials had called him presenting to the Revolutionary Court to serve his prison term on 25 June 2015.
Mr. Moradinia had been detained during an attack by masked plainclothes officials at his house on 7 Dec 2014. The officials have reportedly seized his personal belonging during the inspection and afterward he transferred to the Intelligence Service detention of Sanandaj city as rights groups said.
He was released from the detention after having about 25 days in the critical situation on the bail of 70 million Tomans in first of January 2015.
The labor activist is allegedly suffering from digestive disease, and he is in the poor physical condition as his relatives said to the campaign.



Prominent Iranian Human Rights Defender Arrested- IHR Urges the International Community to React



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The prominent human rights defender, Narges Mohammadi, was forcibly arrested by the security forces early this morning.

Iran Human Rights (IHR) condemned Narges Mohammadi’s arrest. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR said: “Narges Mohammadi has been arrested solely for her peaceful civil activism for the human rights. Her arrest indicates the the low tolerance of the Iranian authorities for peaceful activities”. He continued: ” We urge all teh countries with increasing diplomatic relations with Iran to demand Narges Mohammadi’s immediate release”.
Iran Human Rights, May 5, 2015: According to reports from Iran, the authorities have arrested the prominent
human rights lawyer, Narges Mohammadi in her home early this morning. A report by “Radio Zamaneh” says that that Narges Mohammadi refused to open the door and the security forces entered her home and arrested her with force.
Narges Mohammadi is a prominent Iranian civil rights activist and deputy head of the banned Defenders of Human Rights Center, and one of the founders of the civil society group “Step by step to stop the death penalty” or LEGAM.
Branch 15 of Tehran Revolution Court under judge Salavati, summoned Narges Mohammadi, charged with crimes against national security and she was supposed to appear in court on May 3. Her lawyers were scheduled to meet in the court today.
Narges Mohammadi is faced with the charges of “propaganda against the state,” “assembly and collusion against national security,” and “establishing the anti-security and illegal ‘Step by Step to Stop Death Penalty’ (LEGAM) group.” LEGAM is the first campaign shaped in Iran to abolish the death penalty.
Iran Human Rights (IHR) strongly condemned the arrest of Narges Mohamamdi. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR said: “Narges Mohammadi has been arrested solely for her peaceful civil activism for the human rights. Her arrest indicates the the low tolerance of the Iranian authorities for peaceful activities”. He continued: ” We urge all teh countries with increasing diplomatic relations with Iran to demand Narges Mohammadi’s immediate release”.
Narges Mohammadi had previously been sentenced to 11 years in prison for her peaceful activities. She suffered from poor health while being in the prison. She was released on bail in July 2012.



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67 prisoners are executed since 6. May in Ghezelhesar prison and more than 30 are currently in the quarantine

67 prisoners are executed since 6. May in Ghezelhesar prison and more than 30 are currently in the quarantine of the prison to be executed in the coming days. The international community still haven't shown any reaction.
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More than 30 other prisoners might be executed in the coming days. They are being held in the quarantine of the Ghezelhesar prison now.

Iran Human Rights, June 8, 2015: According to reports by reliable sources, 11 prisoners were hanged in the Ghezelhesar prison of Karaj (west of Tehran) early Monday morning.
On Saturday IHR reported about the transfer of 25 prisoners to the quarantine of the Ghezelhesar prison for execution. The number increased to 47 as IHR received reports about the transfer of additional 22 prisoners from Rajai Shahr and Greater Tehran Central prison to Gehzelhesar for execution.
The remaining prisoners are being held in the quarantine of the prison and their executions can be implemented in the coming hours or days.
All of these prisoners are convicted of drug offences. One of the prisoners who was hanged today is identified as “Mahmood Samimi” (picture).
Since May 6, at least 67 prisoners convicted of drug offences have been executed in the Ghezelhesar prison of Karaj (west of Tehran). The executions dramatically increased after a group of Ghezelhesar death row prisoners gathered in the prison yard calling on the Iranian Supreme leader Ali Khamenei to reduce their sentences. This happened on May 21. Since then prisoners have been executed every week in groups of 11 up to 22 executions at a time.
The international community has not reacted to these executions yet.


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56 prisoners are executed since 6. May in Ghezelhesar prison and 25 prisoners are transferred to be executed in the coming two days. Meanwhile the international community maintains its silence towards the arbitrary mass-executions by the Iranian authorities. Once again Iran Human Rights calls for the international reactions.
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IRAN: 25 Prisoners Transferred for Execution- International Community Maintains its Silence
– JUNE 6, 2015(EDIT POST)
ANOTHER GROUP OF 25 PRISONERS HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED FOR EXECUTION IN THE COMING DAYS IN GHEZELHESAR PRISON. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF THE EXECUTIONS SINCE MAY 6. IN GHEZELHESAR PRISON WILL REACH TO 80, IF THE PRISONERS TRANSFERRED TODAY ARE EXECUTED. MEANWHILE THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY MAINTAINS ITS SILENCE TOWARDS THE ARBITRARY MASS-EXECUTIONS BY THE IRANIAN AUTHORITIES. ONCE AGAIN IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS CALLS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL REACTIONS.
Iran Human Rights, June 6, 2015: According to reports by reliable sources in Iran, 25 prisoners have been transferred to solitary confinement in the Ghezelhesar prison of Karaj (west of Tehran). These prisoners are scheduled to be executed in the coming two days. All the prisoners are charged with drug-related offences. Previous reports from IHR shows that many of the prisoners charged with drug offences are subjected to torture, forced confessions and unfair trials.
According to reports by IHR, 56 prisoners have been executed in the Ghezelhesar prison of Karaj since May 6. 44 of these executions have taken place following a peaceful gathering of the prisoners in the prison yard where they were carrying handwritten banners asking the Iranian Supreme leader Ali Khamenei for reduction in their sentences. If the 25 prisoners transferred today are executed the number of executions for drug offences in the Ghezelhesar prison will pass 80. There are more than 2000 prisoners who are on the death row for drug offences in this prison.
IHR strongly condemns the unprecedented number of executions in one prison, and calls for the international community to stop its silence and show immediate reaction.
Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR said: “Hundreds of prisoners are in serious danger of execution. The United Nations, European Union and all countries with diplomatic ties with Iran must stop their silence and react immediately in order to stop a humanitarian disaster in the Iranian prisons.
24 of the prisoners who were transferred today were from different rooms in the Unit 2 of Ghezelhesar prison, while one prisoner identified as “H. N.” was transferred from the new “Cenra prison of the greater Tehran”. According to IHR’s sources “H. N.” stubbed and murdered an Afghan prisoner while being transferred and his execution is most probably postponed due to the new “murder” charges. Seven of the prisoners from the Unit 2 (room no. 1) of Ghezelhesar are identified as: “Reza Mansouri, Reza Karegari, Jasem Veisi, Salar mahmoudzadeh, Ali Taghipour, Behrouz Sahraei and Mostafa Kouhi”.

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IRAN: 43 executions in 3 days- IHR calls on the international community's urgent reaction
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At least 43 prisoners have been executed during the last three days in Iran. A juvenile offender with serious mental illness was among the five who were executed in Karaj on Wednesday. Reports indicate that more mass-executions might take place in Karaj the coming weeks. Iran Human Rights (IHR) strongly calls on the international community to immediately react.
Iran Human Rights, April 14, 2015: One man was hanged publicly in the city of Shiraz (southern Iran) Wednesday morning April 15, reported the Iranian state media. The man who was identified as “Rashid D” (35 year old) was convicted of Moharebeh (waging war against God) for armed robbery, said the report.
According to IHR’s sources five prisoners were hanged in the Rajaishahr prison of Karaj (west of Tehran) early Wednesday morning April 15. All of the five prisoners were convicted of murder. One of the prisoners, identified as Javad Saberi, was reportedly sentenced to death for a murder he had committed when he was under 18 years of age. Javad Saberi had a serious mental illness and had stayed at “Amin Abad” mental hospital, according to these sources. The other prisoners were Farzad Zanjaninejad, Morteza Saber, and two men who were not identified by name. One of the men was an Afghan citizen.
Execution of Morteza Saber was announced by the state media while the other four executions have not been officially announced yet.
In addition to Wednesday’s executions, 37 prisoners have been executed in the Rajaishahr and Ghezelhesar prisons of Karaj on Monday and Tuesday 13. and 14. April. All these prisoners were convicted of drug-related charges. Reports indicate that more mass-executions might take place in these prisons in the coming weeks.
Iran Human Rights strongly condemns the wave of execution by the Iranian authorities and calls on the international community to react. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR said: “Lack of condemnation by the international community sends the wrong signal to the Iranian authorities. The world’s must not shut its eyes on the Iranian authorities’ on going mass-executions”.
26 executions in Rajaishahr prison: 17 prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement on Saturday April 11. They were hanged two days later, on Monday April 13. They were all sentenced to death for drug-related charges. All of them had been transferred from Ghezelhesar prison following a prison riot last year. Nine other prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement on Sunday April 12 and executed on Tuesday April 14. All the prisoners were convicted of drug-related charges. Four of the prisoners are identified as: Sajjad Mokhberi, Ali Khandani, Rahim Najafi and Reza Ghorbani.
11 executions in Ghezelhesar prison: The prisoners were from ward 2 of Ghezelhesar prison and were all arrested in connection to drug related charges in Shahriar (a county in Tehran). Two of the prisoners were identified as:Bayat Zahmatkesh and Masoum Ali Miri.
Official Iranian media have announced execution of eight of the prisoners.




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In the Central Penitentiary of Karaj a few individuals are in solitary cells and tens of people are worried about getting executed.



The names of 50 death row inmates in this prison!

The execution machinery of the Islamic republic kills everyday and the death row inmates are in fear 24 hours a day!

The secretariat of the International Committee Against Execution has received the news from Karaj’s Central Penitentiary that starting a week ago, the Islamic Republic of Iran has started transferring a number of death row inmates (for drug related charges) to solitary cells. The Regime is showing the these inmates, their families and other death row inmates that it is executing fewer people these days due to religious holidays such as the celebration of the birth of Ali, etc. but they intend to carry out more executions. These kinds of threats by the prison guards and the Regime have caused many of those convicted of drug charges to be frightened of getting executed these days.

Sources have told the International Committee Against Execution: “Since last Saturday till today that is the birthday of Imam Ali and also the 3 days of Secretion, a number of people have been in solitary confinement and in extreme emotional torment.”

Zahed Molla-Zehi, Ahmad Hatami-Kia, Ahmad Zartoshti, Reza Teymouri and Mohsen Abbasi-Zadeh are the prisoners who have been in Solitary confinement since last Sunday, April 26, 2015.

The death row inmates waiting in line and fear of executions in prisons

A large number of prisoners in the Central Penitentiary of Karaj are those sentences to death. They are worried about their fate and ask international institutions and those opposing execution to protest this new wave of executions and to save their lives.

The International Committee Against Execution tries to gradually publish the names of these young prisoners of the Islamic Republic and asks their families and the people of Iran to protest these executions. We will try to bring these names up in international circles and prevent these sentences to be carried out through organizing international protests.

The following is the list of 50 inmates who are concerned about getting executed at the Central Penitentiary of Karaj within the next few days:

1- Omid Mohamadi Darani
2-Gholamreza Mirzai
3-Saeed Zangene
4-Massoud Kermanjani
5-Ali Piroz
6-Behnam Mojahedfar
7-Salar Shahmoradi
8-Hasan Abasi
9-Yaghob Ghadmi
10-Kambiz Shahbazi
11-Siros Cheshteh
12- Mehdi Aflaki
13-Iraj TizMaghz
14-Payam Irvani
15-Babak Majidi
16-Shahram Khosravi
17-Ali Yosefi
18- Mostafa Jamshidi
19-Mohamad Kia Kiamehr
20-Alireza Moradi
21-Akbar Safii
22-Mohamad Hasanzadeh
23-Reza Nazari
24-Heshmat Abasi
25-Asghar Amiri
26-Ali Madadpor
27- Mehdi Rostami
28-SayedBagher Khanmohamadi
29-Abas Bagherzadeh
30-Mehdi Bagherzadeh
31-Majid Rezai
32-Alimohamad Hamzehloi
33-Naser Mohsenikia
34- Farshad Kalhor Saeedpor
35-Hasan Miladgazi
36-Hadi Moghadami
37-Majid Farjad
38-Farhad Dadashpor
39-Majid Dai
40- Afshar Safari
41-Mehdi Nikpor
42-Reza Karampor
43-Abas Zafari
44-Zahed Molazehi
45-Ahmad Hatemi
46-Ahmad Zartoshti
47-Reza Taimori
48-Mohsen Abasi
49-Abolfazl
50-Arman Bahrami



The International committee Against Execution is concerned for the well being of a large number of death row inmates in Iran. The news indicates that the executions are continuing in all the cities in Iran and the Islamic Republic of Iran intends to execute more individuals. We have to be united and protest against these horrific crimes.

The Secretariat of the International committee Against Execution

May 3, 2015


کمیته بین المللی علیه اعدام
International Committee against Execution (ICAE)
Web: www.icae-iran.com


IRAN: 43 executions in 3 days- IHR calls on the international community's urgent reaction

IRAN: 43 executions in 3 days- IHR calls on the international community's urgent reaction



For comments contact:
Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, Spokesperson og Iran Human Rights
Tel: +47 91742177
mail@iranhr.net

At least 43 prisoners have been executed during the last three days in Iran. A juvenile offender with serious mental illness was among the five who were executed in Karaj on Wednesday. Reports indicate that more mass-executions might take place in Karaj the coming weeks. Iran Human Rights (IHR) strongly calls on the international community to immediately react.
Iran Human Rights, April 14, 2015: One man was hanged publicly in the city of Shiraz (southern Iran) Wednesday morning April 15, reported the Iranian state media. The man who was identified as “Rashid D” (35 year old) was convicted of Moharebeh (waging war against God) for armed robbery, said the report.
According to IHR’s sources five prisoners were hanged in the Rajaishahr prison of Karaj (west of Tehran) early Wednesday morning April 15. All of the five prisoners were convicted of murder. One of the prisoners, identified as Javad Saberi, was reportedly sentenced to death for a murder he had committed when he was under 18 years of age. Javad Saberi had a serious mental illness and had stayed at “Amin Abad” mental hospital, according to these sources. The other prisoners were Farzad Zanjaninejad, Morteza Saber, and two men who were not identified by name. One of the men was an Afghan citizen.
Execution of Morteza Saber was announced by the state media while the other four executions have not been officially announced yet.
In addition to Wednesday’s executions, 37 prisoners have been executed in the Rajaishahr and Ghezelhesar prisons of Karaj on Monday and Tuesday 13. and 14. April. All these prisoners were convicted of drug-related charges. Reports indicate that more mass-executions might take place in these prisons in the coming weeks.
Iran Human Rights strongly condemns the wave of execution by the Iranian authorities and calls on the international community to react. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR said: “Lack of condemnation by the international community sends the wrong signal to the Iranian authorities. The world’s must not shut its eyes on the Iranian authorities’ on going mass-executions”.
26 executions in Rajaishahr prison: 17 prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement on Saturday April 11. They were hanged two days later, on Monday April 13. They were all sentenced to death for drug-related charges. All of them had been transferred from Ghezelhesar prison following a prison riot last year. Nine other prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement on Sunday April 12 and executed on Tuesday April 14. All the prisoners were convicted of drug-related charges. Four of the prisoners are identified as: Sajjad Mokhberi, Ali Khandani, Rahim Najafi and Reza Ghorbani.
11 executions in Ghezelhesar prison: The prisoners were from ward 2 of Ghezelhesar prison and were all arrested in connection to drug related charges in Shahriar (a county in Tehran). Two of the prisoners were identified as:Bayat Zahmatkesh and Masoum Ali Miri.
Official Iranian media have announced execution of eight of the prisoners.


  Document - Iran: Death sentences upheld, executions imminent: Jamshid Dehghani, Jahangir Dehghani, Hamed Ahmadi and Kamal Molayee


Document - Iran: Death sentences upheld, executions imminent: Jamshid Dehghani, Jahangir Dehghani, Hamed Ahmadi and Kamal Molayee


UA: 258/13 Index: MDE 13/037/2013 Iran Date: 19 September 2013
URGENT ACTION

death sentences upheld, executions imminent
Death sentences of four Sunni men from Iran’s Kurdish minority have been upheld by Iran’s Supreme Court. They are at imminent risk of execution. All men are believed to have been tortured or otherwise ill-treated while in detention. They did not have a lawyer

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Friday 31 May 2013

The Islamic Republic of Gangster Capitalism


Macleans's - Payam Akhavan, professor of international law at McGill University, today addressed the Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on International Human Rights. Here are his remarks :

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Friday 31 May 2013

Kaveh Taheri Sentenced to Three Year in Prison


HRANA News Agency – Kaveh Taheri the imprisoned blogger from Shiraz was sentenced to 3 year in prison and 50 million tomans bail due to two different dossiers .
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), this weblogger who is imprisoned in Adel Abad prison in Shiraz sentenced to 3 years imprisonment by judge Mahmoud Sadati in branch 1 of Shiraz revolutionary court on charges of propaganda against regime in benefit of subversive groups and insulting to supreme leader .

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A Prisoner Hanged in Shahr-e Kord, Iran

Wednesday 16 January 2013

A Prisoner Hanged in Shahr-e Kord, Iran

HRANA News Agency – a prisoner convicted of rape was hanged in Shahr-e Kord Central Prison
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), quoted from IRIB News, local judiciary authority in Shahr-e Kord informed a prisoner convicted of raping a 21 male citizen was hanged on Sunday, January 13, 2013 .

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Internal UN document: Camp Liberty does not meet UN standards

Thursday, 03 January 2013 14:18

Source: Agence France Presse , French language service (translated to English)
PARIS, Jan.2,2013 (AFP) - The Iranian opposition in exile on Wednesday presented a document attributed to the UN showing that refugee camp Liberty, near Baghdad, is not consistent with humanitarian standards, despite statements by representative of the organization in Iraq, Martin Kobler .

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Tuesday 08 January 2013

Journalist Mohammad Kimiayi arrested in QazvinJournalist Mohammad Kimiayi arrested in Qazvin


Committee of Human Rights Reporters - Agents from the Ministry of Intelligence of Qazvin detained Mohammad Kimiayi who contributed to many reformist newspapers and the weekly “Hadith-e Qazvin" .

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Iran MPs urge action on blogger death

January 07,2013 7:14 AM: IRAN'S parliament has urged "judicial action" against police officers involved in the death in detention of a blogger last year, adding he may have died of "shock" .
"The most likely cause of death could be shock, which, if proved, could have been caused by blows to sensitive parts of the body, or could have been due to excessive psychological pressure," media reported quoting a report read in parliament on Sunday .

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U.S. House of Representatives Passes Resolution 134 Condemning the Persecution of Bahá’ís in Iran by Islamic regime

WASHINGTON — Last night, the U.S.House of Representatives passed a resolution “condemning the government of Iran for its state-sponsored persecution of its Bahá’í minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights.” H.Res.134 is the 23rd Congressional resolution since 1982 to address the oppression of the Bahá’ís in Iran .

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Iran: 33 Executions within the last 12 days of 2012

Tuesday 01 January 2013

Iran: 33 Executions within the last 12 days of 2012

HRANA News Agency – Iranian regime has executed 33 prisoners within the last 12 days of 2012, most of them are unreported .
According to the reports by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Iranian regime has executed 33 prisoners across Iran within 12 days:

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Sanaz Tafazoli transferred to serve her imprisonment

Thursday 13 December 2012

Sanaz Tafazoli transferred to serve her imprisonment

HRANA News Agency – Sanaz Tafazoli, Baha'i female citizen in Mashhad was transferred to Vakil Abad prison to serve her imprisonment .
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), a Baha'i female citizen, sentened to 6 month in prison was transferred to Vakil Abad prison to serve her imprisonment on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 .

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In support of the Kurdish prisoners in Turkey

Hundreds of Kurdish political prisoners have entered an indefinite hunger strike, challenging Turkey's treatment of Kurdish political prisoners since 12 September 2012. Through their protest, some are demanding re-trials and language rights while others want to raise international attention about Turkey's treatment of Kurdish political prisoners and better prison condition for the Kurdish (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan. 10,000 more prisoners currently held in the country's prisons joined the strike on 5 November 2012.

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Iran human rights lawyer calls for global support

Saturday, October 6, 2012
CAROL COULTER, Legal Affairs Editor

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT and political pressure are crucial for those inside Iran fighting for human rights, according to the lawyer for Abdolfattah Soltani, who yesterday was awarded the International Bar Association’s human rights award.

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International Lawmakers Call on Iran to Release Jailed Human Rights Advocate and Journalist


International Lawmakers Call on Iran to Release Jailed Human Rights Advocate and Journalist Narges Mohammadi

Fri, 27/07/ 2012 - 14:00 Press Release Latest National News

Senator Kirk Adds Jailed Human Rights Advocate and Journalist to Iranian Dissident Awareness Program

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REBECCA BURKART, GWEN COBB KOUSARI. BEHROUZ KOUSARI, SARAH MAHBOUBI


Gratitude and hope
06:52 PM, Jul. 31, 2012
REBECCA BURKART, GWEN COBB KOUSARI. BEHROUZ KOUSARI, SARAH MAHBOUBI
On behalf of the Baha’is of Indiana’s 6th Congressional District

Earlier in the year, members of the Baha’i Faith in Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District were pleased that Rep. Mike Pence joined with Republican and Democratic colleagues in cosponsoring House Resolution 556, condemning Iran for its persecution of Iranian Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani.

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Four prisoners were hanged in Iran


Monday 09 July 2012

Four prisoners were hanged in Iran

Iran Human Rights: Three prisoners were hanged in the prison of Qazvin (west of Tehran) early this morning Monday July 9. and one prisoner was hanged in Baft (southeastern Iran) .

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Iranian believer Mehdi "Petros" Foroutan charged with blasphemy released by islamic regime


Iranian believer Mehdi "Petros" Foroutan charged with blasphemy released by islamic regime

Iran (MNN)―Last week on June 10, Christian brother Mehdi "Petros" Foroutan was released from prison in Iran, reports Voice of the Martyrs, Canada .

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Sharia in action in Iran: 87 coffee shops shut down for "not following Islamic values"

When Islamic apologists boast that Sharia covers every aspect of human life, they're essentially saying that it is a framework for totalitarian control of society."Iran shuts down coffee shops in morality crackdown," from Reuters, July 16 (thanks to David) :

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UT president can't comment on student jailed in Iran


Sunday 15 July 2012

UT president can't comment on student jailed in Iran

AUSTIN — Officials have rejected a request by University of Texas President Bill Powers to allow him to issue an official statement on the plight of an Iranian graduate student who is now serving a 10-year prison sentence in his native country .

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Islamic Republic Internationalizes Crackdown on Dissent


Islamic Republic Internationalizes Crackdown on Dissent

Author: Reporters Without Borders
Published: June 28, 2012
Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the practice of detaining the relatives of foreign-based netizens as hostages and harassing the families of journalists who work for foreign media. It also deplores the fact that around 10 bloggers and netizens have been arrested since 21 May in Tehran, Mashhad, Hamadan and other cities for “insulting Islam" .

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June 29, 2012 |

BEIRUT -- Human Rights Watch has urged Iran to scrap the death penalty for citizens convicted of drinking alcohol

following reports that the nation's judiciary has upheld two such sentences.

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Iran`s islamic regime Tries to Neuter Foreign Media and International Press


Monday 14 May 2012

Iran`s islamic regime Tries to Neuter Foreign Media and International Press

Iranian authorities should end their undue restrictions on and intimidation of foreign-based journalists and media outlets, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today .

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Writer-translator Manijeh Najm Eraghi to serve out prison sentence


Writer-translator Manijeh Najm Eraghi to serve out prison sentence

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 15:06
Manijeh Najm Eraghi, an Iranian writer and translator, was arrested on Sunday to serve out a one-year sentence .
Najm Eraghi first had been arrested in September of 2010 and was released on bail after three days .

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Iranian physicist Omid Kokabee sentenced to prison by islamic court

Wednesday 16 May 2012

Iranian physicist Omid Kokabee sentenced to prison by islamic court

Omid Kokabee, an Iranian graduate student who has been imprisoned in Tehran for the past 15 months, was sentenced to 10 years on Sunday for allegedly conspiring with foreign countries against Iran .

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Amnesty International censures Saudi Arabia for execution of Iranians	Political Desk

Amnesty International censures Saudi Arabia for execution of Iranians
Political Desk

On Line: 19 June 2012 16:58
In Print: Wednesday 20 June 2012

TEHRAN – Ann Harrison, the deputy director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Program, has severely censured the Saudi Arabian government for the execution of a group of Iranian nationals.

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A laughable Iranian challenge to Christianity

Thursday 24 May 2012

A laughable Iranian challenge to Christianity

A publisher in Iran is text touting a discovery that will “undermine the Christian Church and its authority and will revolutionize the religion in the world.”

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News of Imminent Execution Delivered to Hamid Ghassemi

Sunday 22 April 2012

News of Imminent Execution Delivered to Hamid Ghassemi


Hamid Ghassemi-Shall’s sister told Rooz Online’s Fereshteh Ghazi the notice that the death sentence was sent to the Execution of Sentences Circuit Office was delivered to Hamid Ghassemi-Shall while his mother and sister were at the prison paying him a visit .

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Source: Prominent Iranian translator on hunger strike


Sunday 22 April 2012

Source: Prominent Iranian translator on hunger strike


(CNN) -- A prominent Iranian literary translator imprisoned since January on unknown charges is now on a hunger strike, and relatives say he sounds weak and fragile, a source close to his family said Sunday .
Mohammad Soleimani Nia is refusing solid food and is only drinking salted and sugared water as a way to protest his imprisonment without charge, the source said .

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 Iranian political prisoner Mohammad Tavassoli Receives Death Threats At Prison Infirmary


Iranian political prisoner Mohammad Tavassoli Receives Death Threats At Prison Infirmary


Date:22 April 2012

Voice of Freedom:The imprisoned head the political bureau of the outlawed Freedom Movement of Iran (FMI - NAI) is said to be in dire physical conditions .
Mohammad Tavassoli, Tehran's first post-revolution mayor, was arrested on 3 November after he and 140 other activists wrote a letter to former President Mohammad Khatami, warning him that there was little hope the authorities would submit to free and fair elections .

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The Iran Tribunal is an International People’s Tribunal created by a large group of the families of political prisoners massacred in 1980s and the survivors of this human tragic incident.


http://www.irantribunal.comKILIK -- Her

Friday 20 April 2012

Four Iranian prisoners executed in Iran: One hanged in public


Iran Human Rights: Four prisoners were executed in three different cities of Iran, reported the state run Iranian media .
One prisoner hanged in Semnan (northern Iran) yesterday April 18 :

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 Four iranian Bahai prisoners denied leave by islamic republic regime


Four iranian Bahai prisoners denied leave by islamic republic regime

Four Iranian Bahais from Shiraz serving 10-month sentences in prison have been denied parole or short-term prison leave since the beginning of their sentences. Vahdat Dana, Afshin Ehsaniyan, Keyvan Kerami and Farham Ma`sumi have served more than four months in Pir Banu prison. Although the judicial authorities had told them they would be allowed leave after fifty days (one sixth of their sentences), and despite repeated enquiries from their families, no leave has been granted.

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One man was hanged publicly in southeastern Iran


Thursday 19 January 2012

One man was hanged publicly in southeastern Iran

Iran Human Rights: One was hanged publicly in the southeastern Iranian city of Kerman this morning .

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Iranian islamic regime must halt execution of web programmer

Iranian islamic regime must halt execution of web programmer

Iran must not execute a web programmer sentenced to death after one of his web programs was used to post pornographic images without his knowledge, Amnesty International said today, as the Iranian authorities continue their crackdown on bloggers and other users of the internet .

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Don’t Trust the Iraqi’s regime Words over camp Ashraf


Don’t Trust the Iraqi’s regime Words over camp Ashraf

On January 16, 2012,
By Naghmeh Rajabi

The situation of Camp Ashraf, home to 3400 Iranian dissidents in Iraq, has been a major focus point for many around the world over the past year. The concern over this subject matter increased significantly, as the camp was attacked by Iraqi authorities, ordered by Tehran’s leaders, in April 2011.

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Islamic regime has once again began arresting Iranian from all background for fear of election

Islamic regime has once again began arresting Iranian from all background for fear of election

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Islamic regime has once again began arresting Iranian from all background for fear of election become an agenda for opposition

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Rights Lawyer Refused to Participate in Own Trial

Tuesday 17 January 2012

Rights Lawyer Refused to Participate in Own Trial

Mohammad Seifzadeh, prominent lawyer and one of the founding members of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, did not participate in his court trial on 11 January 2012, his wife and lawyer Fatemeh Golzar told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran .

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 Iranian political Prisoner’s Death Sentence Overturned


Iranian political Prisoner’s Death Sentence Overturned

The Supreme Court has reduced the death sentence of Zeinab Jalalian, a Kurdish prisoner of conscience, to life in prison.

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Iranian islamic regime executes 12 prisoners


Sunday 15 January 2012

Iranian islamic regime executes 12 prisoners

Iran on Sunday executed 12 people convicted of drug trafficking and other charges, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported .

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Iranian human rights activist Saeed Jalalifar’s case file is still undecided in islamic court


Friday 13 January 2012

Iranian human rights activist Saeed Jalalifar’s case file is still undecided in islamic court

Case file of Human Righst activist Saeed Jalalifar that sentenced to 3 years in prison by court is still on considering in Appeals Court for his protest to issued sentence.

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Further News Of Arrested Gonabadi Dervishes In Tehran by iranian islamic regime

Further News Of Arrested Gonabadi Dervishes In Tehran by iranian islamic regime


Friday 13 January 2012

Further News Of Arrested Gonabadi Dervishes In Tehran by iranian islamic regime
Three Gonabadi dervishes who are reported to have been arrested inTehran yesterday , one of them released and two others are still in detention.

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Camp Ashraf: Iraqi forces prevent transfer of critically ill residents to hospital

Camp Ashraf: Iraqi forces prevent transfer of critically ill residents to hospital

Upon orders of the Iraqi committee tasked with suppression of residents of Camp Ashraf, Iraqi forces on Monday prevented the transfer of eight critically ill residents who are in urgent need of surgery and medical treatment to a hospital in city of Baquba .

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A Baha’i’s Place of Business Closed and Sealed by Iranian islamic regime


Wednesday 11 January 2012

A Baha’i’s Place of Business Closed and Sealed by Iranian islamic regime

The business office of Arman Safai, a Baha’i living in Sari, was closed and sealed by the police department’s buildings unit over false charges .

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Iranian regime urged to halt execution of US national in ‘spying’ case


Iranian regime urged to halt execution of US national in ‘spying’ case
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Press Release
09 January 2011

Iran urged to halt execution of US national in ‘spying’ case
Iran must not execute a US national sentenced to death after an unfair trial, Amnesty International said today amid fears he could be executed within weeks .

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40 days after ruling, Soltani’s verdict still not served

Saturday 18 February 2012

40 days after ruling, Soltani’s verdict still not served

Following a court trial on 8 January, an Iranian court has issued a ruling in the case of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani, but the ruling document still has not been served because the court typist responsible for typing the ruling has gone on pilgrimage to Mecca. Soltani remains in the Intelligence Ministry’s Ward 209, and the judge has not issued bail orders .

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Tehran to abandon death by stoning

Tehran to abandon death by stoning

Iran has amended its penal code by removing all executions by stoning and ending the death penalty for juvenile offenders .
Under the old penal code, stoning to death was one of the sentences applied for adultery. Iranian activists who campaigned against the practice said at least 99 men and women have been executed by stoning since 1980 .

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Director of Tabriz website Peyman Pakmehr in Evin prison

Saturday 21 January 2012

Director of Tabriz website Peyman Pakmehr in Evin prison

A Tabriz-based Iranian activist and journalist Peyman Pakmehr has been arrested and taken to Evin prison on national security charges, according to media reports .

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New execution fears for Sakineh Mohammadi

Subject: Amnesty International - Iran - Urgent Action appeal: New execution fears for Sakineh Mohammadi
To:
Dear Friends,
Please find below the text of an appeal for urgent action in respect to renewed fears over the fate of Sakineh Ashtiani, along with a PDF of the appeal itself .

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In 2011 Iranian authorities refused to allow government critics to engage in peaceful

JANUARY 2012 COUNTRY SUMMARY
Iran

In 2011 Iranian authorities refused to allow government critics to engage in peaceful
demonstrations.

In February, March, April, and September security forces broke up largescale
protests in several major cities.In mid-April security forces reportedly shot and
killed dozens of protesters in Iran’s Arab-majority Khuzestan province. There was a sharp

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Shutting down political prisoners’ cell block in Urmia

Thursday 29 December 2011

Shutting down political prisoners’ cell block in Urmia

HRANA News Agency – Following the transfer of six political prisoners to solitary confinement in the Urmia Central Prison, Mehr Ali Farhang who is in charge of political prisoners’ cell block has announced that Ward 12 will be closed down soon .

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Attack Of September 11 And Attack Of December 25 to Iranian Opposition Camp In Iraq

Attack Of September 11 And Attack Of December 25 to Iranian Opposition Camp In Iraq

BY : Ardaven Piroozi

“Justice delayed is justice denied”
US state department is sitting on the file related to status of MEK and is hoping that the entire Camp Ashraf will be pulverised with no trace of any of the residents ever to be found. 32 years after the illiterate Ayatollah Khomeini assassinated thousands of Iranians in the name of his god, Hillary Clinton is trying to exercise one of the “Ayatollah made” corrupt rules called Tourieh .

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Iranian Islamic regime hangs 7 people, one woman

Wednesday 28 December 2011


Iranian Islamic regime hangs 7 people, one woman

On the dawn of Wednesday December 24, seven prisoners were hanged in the courtyard of the Central Orumieh Prison on orders of the Judiciary .
In an interview with the Mukrian News Agency, the lawyer of one of these prisoners, Massoud Shams Nejad identified these prisoners as Yusef A., Heidar D., Mehdi S., Qorbanali Sh. Saied M., Sirous M. and Nahid A .

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Open letter to the European governments about Iranian political prisoner

Open letter to the European governments about Iranian political prisoner

Following the coordinated attack on British embassy by the Basij militia in Tehran the UK foreign secretary, William Hague, has ordered the closure of Iranian embassy and expulsion of all Iranian diplomats from the UK.

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Iranian political prisoners receive HR awards from ICHR

Iranian political prisoners receive HR awards from ICHR
Source: The International Center for Human Rights (ICHR )

The International Center for Human Rights (ICHR) announced today that Mr. Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, Iranian political leader and prisoner, is receiving a prestigious human rights award from ICHR for his human rights activities. Five other prisoners also won the awards in the realms of student, labour, culture, human rights and legal advocacy.

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Five prisoners were hanged in northern Iran

Five prisoners were hanged in northern Iran

Tuesday 27 December 2011

Five prisoners were hanged in northern Iran
Iran Human Rights: Five prisoners were executed in the prison of Shahrud (Semnan province northern Iran) yesterday morning December 26 reported the Iranian state media .

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Iranian Human Rights Activist Karim Rahmani’s Family Pressured & Threatened by Islamic republic Intelligence Agents

Iranian Human Rights Activist Karim Rahmani’s Family Pressured & Threatened by Islamic republic Intelligence Agents

HRANA News Agency – Iran’s Intelligence Agency in the city of Kamyaran, Kurdistan Province, has increased pressure on the family of Karim Rahmani and threatened his father repeatedly. Karim (Rebin) Rahmani is a Kurdish human rights activist who was forced to flee Iran after he was released from prison .

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Iranian woman sakineh mohamadi ashtiani to face death by stoning or hanging

Sunday 25 December 2011

Iranian woman sakineh mohamadi ashtiani to face death by stoning or hanging

Authorities in Iran said Sunday they are again moving ahead with plans to execute a woman sentenced to death by stoning on an adultery conviction in a case that sparked an international outcry, but are considering whether to carry out the punishment by hanging instead .

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Iranian opposition Journalist Farshad Ghorbanpour detained by Islamic republic court

Iranian opposition Journalist Farshad Ghorbanpour detained by Islamic republic court

06 December , 2011

Security forces arrested journalist Farshad Ghorbanpour at his home in Tehran
Journalist Farshad Ghorbanpour who was arrested at his residence on Thursday contacted his wife today and told her he was about to be transferred to ward 350 at Evin prison .

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Iranian Environmental Activist Varia Khosravi and Political Activist Ali Razaghi Arrested

Iranian Environmental Activist Varia Khosravi and Political Activist Ali Razaghi Arrested

November , 2011

Khosravi was arrested on Sunday after the raid of security forces on his residence .
Khosravi is currently held at Sanandaj Intelligence Ministry .

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Iranian Blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki on hunger strike: “I am ready to pay any price" .

Iranian Blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki on hunger strike: “I am ready to pay any price" .

14 December , 2011

Political prisoner Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, who is currently serving his 15-year sentence behind bars, has gone on hunger strike in protest of the authorities’ disregard for his serious medical needs. He has been barred from any medical furlough even though it is imperative that he receive the required medical attention for his deteriorating kidney disease .

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talks about Lesbian life in Iran

The Iranian LGBT Activist and Poet

talks about Lesbian life in Iran
in IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF, 08/12/2011
Saghi Ghahraman is an Iranian lesbian poet and gay rights activist who lives in Toronto. Born in 1957 in the holy city of Mashhad, she studied classic and contemporary Persian literature at Azarabadegan University in Tabriz.

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Iranian Student activist Maziar Yazdanpanah begins his 6-month prison sentence

Iranian Student activist Maziar Yazdanpanah begins his 6-month prison sentence

11 December , 2011

Maziar Yazdanpanah, student at Mazandaran University, presented himself to the Babolsar Revolutionary Court to begin serving his 6-month prison sentence .

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Ten prisoners were executed today in Iran by Islamic regime

Saturday 24 December 2011

Ten prisoners were executed today in Iran by Islamic regime

Iran Human Rights: According to reliable sources from Iran ten prisoners were executed in two different prisons in Iran, early his morning December 24 .

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The iran's Islamic regime campaign to target Iranian protestants

Friday 23 December 2011

The iran's Islamic regime campaign to target Iranian protestants

As Christmas approaches this year, it appears that authorities are again ramping up their monitoring and harassment of Protestant Christians and house-churches. According to the Farsi Christian News Network (FCNN), a news service dedicated to covering Christian issues, in recent weeks the “number of Christians in Tehran and six other cities have been ordered to state security centers, interrogated at length, been allowed home with the warning that they will be recalled and that they better obey the order" .

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Wednesday 07 December 2011

Gonabadi dervishes under perilous conditions

Farzad Darvish, Mohammad Ali Saadi, Mohammad Jalal Nikbakht, and Hojatollah Saidi are Gonabadi dervishes behind bars in Shiraz’s harsh Pirbanan prison .

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No News on the Condition of Jailed Female Blogger

Monday 28 November 2011

No News on the Condition of Jailed Female Blogger

HRANA News Agency – Although one week has passed since Rojin Mohammadi was arrested upon arriving in Iran, nothing is known about her current condition.

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An Open letter From the Family of Iranian political prisoner Anvar H. Panahi

Wednesday 07 December 2011

An Open letter From the Family of Iranian political prisoner Anvar H. Panahi

Your Excellency,

Dr. Ahmad Shaheed,
The Special Rapporteur of the United Nation
Please accept the warm greetings of a Kurdish family who has endured much pain .

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More than two months have passed since Iranian journalist Amir Ali Allamehzadeh was arrested.

Wednesday 07 December 2011

“If His Confessions Are IRIB , It’s All Lies"
More than two months have passed since Iranian journalist Amir Ali Allamehzadeh was arrested.

His family members, who have been permitted only limited contact with him since he was taken into custody on September 18th, say they remain bewildered by his arrest and are extremely concerned about the conditions he faces in prison .

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Monday 24 October 2011

"He won’t need winter clothes as he will be executed"

Eghbal Moradi, father of Zanyar Moradi, a Kurdish prisoner at Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the Supreme Court upheld his son’s death sentence

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Thursday 06 October 2011

International call to stop hundreds of planned executions

The Iranian Resistance warns about the planned execution of hundreds of prisoners in Qezel Hessar and Gohardasht prisons. Clerical regime is preparing to execute a number of political prisoners as ordinary convicts .

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Monday 10 October 2011

Katayoun Shahabi
Why Can’t She See Her Lawyer and Family ?

Katayoun Shahabi, a film distributor and producer who was arrested 20 days ago on the charge of cooperating with the BBC Persian Service along with four other documentary filmmakers, still does not have permission to see her lawyer or her family.

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Faranak Farid released on bail after 42 days of detention

Wednesday 19 October 2011

Faranak Farid released on bail after 42 days of detention

After enduring 43 days behind bars, Faranak Farid was released on bail of 1 million tomans.
Azerbaijani poet, translator and women’s rights activist Faranak Farid was arrested on September

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Santorum denounces killing of gays in Iran by iran`s islamic regime

Saturday 08 October 2011

Santorum denounces killing of gays in Iran by iran`s islamic regime

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday pledged to speak out against the executions of gay people in Iran calling it "a grave moral wrong" and accused President Obama of not addressing the issue .

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Promotion and protection of human rights: human  rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs

Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs


UN Report Documents Iran’s Human Rights Crisis

(15 October 2011) The Iranian government should immediately allow access to the UN appointed Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed to address Iran’s ongoing human rights crisis, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today, following the release of Shaheed’s interim report.

The interim report by the Special Rapporteur documents the multi-faceted human rights crisis gripping Iran. It provides details of the persecution and prosecution of civil society actors, including political activists, journalists, students, artists, lawyers, and environmental activists; as well as the routine denial of freedom of assembly, women’s rights, the rights of religious and ethnic minorities, and the skyrocketing rates of executions.

The Iranian government has so far rejected any cooperation with Shaheed’s mandate. The report is based on first-hand testimonies of victims as well as interviews with Iranian human rights and civil society actors conducted outside of Iran.

“This report demonstrates that the Iranian government can run from the truth but cannot hide from it. The depth and details of the human rights crisis in the country, documented in this report, obligate UN member states to demand full compliance from Iran regarding its international commitments,” said Hadi Ghaemi, the Campaign’s spokesperson.

In his report, Shaheed notes several requests to engage with the Iranian government, all of which have been unanswered. On 19 October, Shaheed will make a formal presentation of his findings to the UN General Assembly in New York.

Shaheed’s report is released on the heels of an annual report by the Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, which also confirmed the continuing and deteriorating human rights situation in Iran.

The Campaign called on UN member states to take a strong and unified stance in support of the Special Rapporteur’s mandate and use all diplomatic means to urge Iran to cooperate with it.

The Special Rapporteur’s report highlights the house arrest of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi who have been under an extra-judicial confinement since 14 February 2011.

The interim report notes “certain practices that amount to torture, cruel, or degrading treatment of the detained, the imposition of the death penalty in absence of proper judicial safeguards, the status of women, the persecution of religious and ethnic minorities, the erosion of civil and political rights — in particular the harassment, intimidation of human rights defenders and civil society actors.”

The extensive application of the death penalty, particularly the use of secret mass executions carried out in Vakilabad prison in the city of Mashad in absence of due process, is also highlighted in the Special Rapporteur’s interim report. It notes that in 2010, at least 300 secret executions were reported, as well as at least 146 such executions in 2011 carried out at Vakilabad. The Iranian authorities have been silent on these secret executions.

Despite time limitations on creating the report, it covers dozens of cases of individuals persecuted and prosecuted for their political beliefs and civil society and human rights activism.

The interim report also takes note of several letters written by prisoners detailing their torture and ill-treatment, as well as inhumane prison conditions, including letters by prisoners of conscience Abdollah Momeni, Ahmad Ghabel, and Omid Kokabee.

“We welcome the Special Rapporteur’s report which documents some of the most urgent issues facing the Iranian human rights community,” Ghaemi said.

The Campaign notes that Iran’s complete lack of cooperation with the Special Rapporteur’s mandate and the government’s continued refusal to allow him access to the country is an indication that it has no intention of taking meaningful steps to improve the human rights situation.

United Nations A/66/374
General Assembly Distr.: General
23 September 2011

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480 Prisoners Hanged From October 2010 to October 2011

Tuesday 11 October 2011

480 Prisoners Hanged From October 2010 to October 2011


HRANA News Agency – The Statistics and Publications Unit of Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRAI) has reported that from October 2010 to October 2011, 480 individuals charged with various crimes have been hanged in Iran. During the same period of time, there have been 641 prisoners sentenced to death and 46 individuals hanged in public .

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EU imposes sanctions against 29 Iranians

EU imposes sanctions against 29 Iranians

The European Union imposed sanctions against 29 Iranian individuals on Monday, extending previous measures in response to crackdowns on opposition movements and other human rights abuses .

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Sunday 18 September 2011

Iranian political prisoner Khodadad Rashidi Hanged In Urmia for Moharebeh

HRANA News Agency – On Saturday morning, September 17, 2011, a citizen was hanged on prison grounds in Urmia Central Prison .

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Wednesday 07 September 2011

Bahareh Hedayat returned to prison after end of furlough


Bahareh Hedayat, student activist, member and spokesperson of the Central Council of Daftar Tahkim Vehdat (National Student Organization), was released from prison on August 1st for temporary leave in order to receive follow up treatment for her illness.

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"Their Ultimate Intention Is To Kill Hossein"

"Their Ultimate Intention Is To Kill Hossein"

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Blogger and human rights activist Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, was once again taken to a hospital outside of Evin prison.
Despite recommendations by the physicians for Hossein’s need to be hospitalized and treated outside of prison, he was taken back to Evin after a short series of tests were performed.

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Release Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal

Thursday 25 August 2011

Release Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal

www.nytimes.com/.../release-shane-bauer-and-joshua-fattal.html

The American hikers Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal have spent 755 days in Iran’s brutal Evin prison. They never should have been arrested, much less held for so long. With the Muslim world celebrating the holy month of Ramadan, Iranian officials should show compassion, and true respect for justice, and let them return home.

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Four Iranian Political Prisoners Held in Ward 240 of Evin Prison

Four Iranian Political Prisoners Held in Ward 240 of Evin Prison

From left : behrouz javid tehrani / saleh kohandel/farzad madad zadeh /mohamad ali mansouri

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Iran's suicide rate soars

Iran's suicide rate soars

Iran's suicide rate has climbed 17 percent in two years, with 10 Iranians on average taking their lives every day, a government official announced Wednesday.

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Leadership, Ministry of Information and denial of Civil Rights

Leadership, Ministry of Information and denial of Civil Rights

30 January , 2011

Mohammad Mostafavi, lawyer
Each time the parliament is presented by a four-year development bill by the president, several of the passed regulations appear to corrupt the Rights of Civilians. Government exploits these bills to strengthen it’s power and the leadership position to regulate the rights and freedom of individuals with usage of the parliament and the Guardian Council.

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فیلمی از جنایات رژیم اسلامی در سال 1360.شاهدانی که خود ناظر و قربانی دژخیمان رژیمی اسلامی بوده اند شرح میدهند که چه بر سر آنها آمده است

.بر روی لینک کلیک کنید.
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Iran's Christians urgently need the West's support



Friday 30 September 2011

Iran's Christians urgently need the West's support
For the first time in 20 years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has issued a formal death sentence for a Christian. Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, leader of the Church of Iran denomination in Rasht, was arrested in October 2009 while seeking to register his church. He has been on death row since being found guilty of apostasy, conversion from Islam, in September 2010 .

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suicide of Iranian bloggers

Two Iranian bloggers have killed themselves after being detained by security officials thought to be from Iran's ministry of intelligence .
Opposition activists believe Nahal Sahabi and her partner Behnam Ganji had been under intense pressure to testify against their friend Kouhyar Goudarzi, the prominent human rights activist. Goudarzi was arrested on the same day, 31 July, and remains missing .

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The situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic
of Iran*


Report of the Secretary-General
Summary
The present report, submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution
63/191, is intended to provide an update to the previous report of the SecretaryGeneral on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran (A/63/459).

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Saturday 24 September 2011

Iranian Baluchi Teenager Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

HRANA News Agency - Mohammad Saber Malek Raisi has been sentenced to 5 years in prison by the Revolutionary Court in Zahedan, Sistan and Baluchestan Province. He is a Baluchi teenager arrested by Iranian Intelligence Agency in order to force his oldest brother to return to Iran.

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Imprisoned pro-rafsanjani`s Tried and Sentenced Again

Wednesday 05 October 2011

Imprisoned pro-rafsanjani`s Tried and Sentenced Again

Ghassem Sholeh Sadi, lawyer, university professor, and former member of the Iranian Parliament, who is now serving time inside Evin Prison, was again tried by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court on the charge of “insulting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei” and was sentenced to two years in prison .

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Dr Ladan Boroumand: From Iranian Revolutionary to Human Rights Advocate

Dr Ladan Boroumand: From Iranian Revolutionary to Human Rights Advocate

September 7, 2007 by Editor
By Abigail R. Fradkin

Abigail R. Fradkin ’09 attends Harvard College and is a Classics and Government concentrator living in Lowell House .

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Sunday 13 November 2011

Kurdish activist sentenced to 3 years in prison

The Campaign for the Defense of Civil and Political Prisoners reported that Branch 2 of the Sanandaj Revolutionary Court sentenced activist Saeed Saedi to two years behind bars for “illegal gathering and collusion against the regime”, and one year for “propaganda against the regime" .

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Monday 14 November 2011

Detention of Photojournalist Inside Evin’s Ward 209

Despite the completion of his interrogation, reporter and photojournalist Reza Entesari remains detained inside Evin Prison’s Ward 209. “The Investigative Judge converted his temporary detention orders to bail orders. But despite completion of his interrogations, as he is unable to post the $50,000 bail, he remains in temporary detention inside Evin Prison’s Security Ward 209,” a source close to the case told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran .

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Modern Day Human Sacrifice In Iran by islamic republic regime

Modern Day Human Sacrifice In Iran by islamic republic regime

By M. Varn Chandola
Stoning Execution of Woman In Iran
Are there any tribes, cults, cultures, etc. within which human sacrifice is still performed as a religious practice? The depictions of human sacrifice under the Aztecs, for instance, never failed to stir my imagination as I would feel nauseated and terrified by the thought of how it must have felt to be one of the victims who would be taken to the top of a temple, laid down on a stone slab, and then have their abdomens sliced open as their beating hearts were taken out. The Aztecs performed these sacrifices to appease specific gods .

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Wednesday 07 December 2011

Pearl Harbor, Iran`dictatorship regime and North Korea

BY : Golnaz Esfandiari

Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi, who has been under house arrest for some 10 months, met with his family over the weekend .

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Gonabadi dervishes under perilous conditions

Wednesday 07 December 2011

Gonabadi dervishes under perilous conditions

Farzad Darvish, Mohammad Ali Saadi, Mohammad Jalal Nikbakht, and Hojatollah Saidi are Gonabadi dervishes behind bars in Shiraz’s harsh Pirbanan prison .

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Human Rights Conference in the BPC

Friday 09 December 2011

Human Rights Conference in the BPC

On the occasion of Human Rights Day, the IGFM Frankfurt organized a press conference in Berlin on the current situation in Egypt and Iran. This is the contribution of the International Organization to Preserve of Human Rights in Iran .

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Sunday 11 December 2011

Nobel Women’s Initiative highlights prison case of Iran attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh (WNN) Iran:

For the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign the Nobel Women’s Initiative highlighted the plight of Iranian lawyer and human rights advocate Nasrin Sotoudeh who still remains under incarceration in spite of international campaigns for her release .

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Norwegians support the Iranian lawer nassrin Sotoudeh on human rights day

Saturday 17 December 2011

Norwegians support the Iranian lawer nassrin Sotoudeh on human rights day

To mark the occasion of Human Rights Day, dozens of Iranians gathered in outside of the location Nobel Peace Prize awarding ceremony in Oslo, demanding the freedom of political prisoners such as Nasrin Sotoudeh .

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Iranian Imprisoned Blogger Embarks on Hunger Strike

Iranian Imprisoned Blogger Embarks on Hunger Strike

Zoleykha Mousavi, mother of imprisoned blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that since the start of her son’s hunger strike on 9 December he has been in very poor condition .

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Monday 12 December 2011

Limbs of 2 convicted robbers amputated in Shiraz by islamic court

The amputation sentences of the 2 prisoners were carried out per order of the Shiraz public prosecutor .

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Monday 12 December 2011

Limbs of 2 convicted robbers amputated in Shiraz by islamic court

The amputation sentences of the 2 prisoners were carried out per order of the Shiraz public prosecutor .

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Continued detention of six Kurdish political prisoners in solitary confinement in Orumieh central prison in Iran

Continued detention of six Kurdish political prisoners in solitary confinement in Orumieh central prison in Iran

20December 2011 – The families of six Kurdish political prisoners held in solitary confinement at Orumieh central prison still have no information about the condition of these prisoners more than two weeks after the transfer .

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UN officials closing their eyes on death of Iranians worldwide

World Justice System Will Evolve

By : Ardavan Piroozi

UN officials closing their eyes on death of Iranians worldwide
In a world which is becoming increasingly conscious of justice and the fact that internet will record all the cries of Iranians for help, US, UN and all other international powers who are sitting on their hands and/or pretending that they don’t see atrocities of Iranian and Iraqi officials will be liable and answerable for not doing what they are able to do today .

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Iranian political prisoner Zia Nabavi Marks Another Birthday in Prison

Wednesday 21 December 2011

Iranian political prisoner Zia Nabavi Marks Another Birthday in Prison

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Students would ordinarily celebrate if they found out that they received a star, and be even more delighted if they got three stars. But in Iran receiving stars is cause for distress and consternation.

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Iran`s Islamic regime must stop persecuting evangelical Christians


Wednesday 21 December 2011

Iran`s Islamic regime must stop persecuting evangelical Christians
In March 2009, when I was detained in Evin Prison in Iran, two evangelical Christians were arrested. I never met them but spotted them a few times through the barred window of my cell as they walked back and forth to the bathroom down the hall .

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Iranian political refugee man in Canada fears for his sister jailed in iran


A Canadian man who has already lost five siblings and a brother-in-law to the Islamic regime in Iran now fears for the life of his sister, Mansoureh Bekhish, arrested earlier this month and currently held in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison .

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Diverting attention from thousands of Iranian political prisoners

Diverting attention from thousands of Iranian political prisoners


by Shirin Ebadi
30 Dec-2011

The clerical regime that misrules Iran is imploding in slow-motion while intensifying its repression at home and threatening behavior abroad. But is the international community doing all it can to support the Iranian people and hold the regime to account It's clear that the leadership in Tehran is wracked by internal strife, with divisions deepening between Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his allies. Iran's economy is in tatters, with inflation and unemployment soaring thanks to decades of mismanagement. While popular discontent is not at a high pitch as it was after the June 2009 presidential election, the fundamental conflict between citizens and dictators continues to smolder. Externally, the regime's defiance of international norms—such as this week threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz—have left Iran more isolated than ever .

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Secretary Clinton, Delist MEK


Secretary Clinton, Delist MEK


by Joseph Omidvar
WASHINGTON, D.C. (USA)
OfficialWire News Bureau

A group of distinguished and well respected top American officials have spoken in support of delisting the Iranian opposition, Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK /PMOI), from the State Department FTO list. The campaign to counter the Iranian regime’s disinformation campaign to hamper the Iranian opposition seems to bother some lobby groups in Washington such as NIAC nowadays .

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Appeal: Put Pressure On The Iranian Regime To Stop Execution Of Baloch Political Prisoner

Appeal: Put Pressure On The Iranian Regime To Stop Execution Of Baloch Political Prisoner

Recently the judiciary authorities announced that they will also try 10 more members of Jondullah, without revealing their names .

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Analysis: Fundamental Rights Violations In Balochistan

Analysis: Fundamental Rights Violations In Balochistan

By : Sheikh Asad Rahman

If the recommendations of the Hamoodur Rehman Commission had been implemented and responsible military and civilian officials duly held accountable, tried in courts and punished, citizens in Balochistan would not be facing genocide today

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iranian political prisoner aziz khakzad Secretly Hanged by Islamic court at kerman prison

iranian political prisoner aziz khakzad Secretly Hanged by Islamic court at kerman prison

October 4, 2011: Political prisoner Aziz Khakzad was secretly hanged in Kerman Central Prison, Iran, on charges of Waging War Against God (Moharebeh). He was a resident of Salmas County in Kurdistan Province and was exiled to Kerman to serve his prison term .

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Mass Execution of 22 Prisoners in Evin by Islamic court

Mass Execution of 22 Prisoners in Evin by Islamic court


On Tuesday, January 3, 2012, twenty two prisoners were hanged in Evin on drug related charges. These prisoners were transferred from Ghazal Hesar Prison on Saturday and Sunday and locked up in solitary confinement in Evin Prison in preparation for the executions .

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"Police Should End Coverup And Release Recording"

Friday 06 January 2012

"Police Should End Coverup And Release Recording"


The brother of Haleh Sahabi, who lost her life on 1 June 2011 following interference by security forces during her father’s funeral, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he continues to pursue his complaint with Iranian authorities to identify those involved in the incident .

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"Dezfool Prison Inmates Are Treated Like Animals"

Friday 06 January 2012

"Dezfool Prison Inmates Are Treated Like Animals"


A local source in Ahvaz told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Saeed Saki, a political prisoner and an Ahvaz Arab activist who was previously held in Karoon Prison of Ahvaz, was transferred to Dezfool prison two months ago. According to the source, the Dezfool Prison is in deplorable conditions due to prison overcrowding and poor hygiene, and treatment of the prisoners is abominable .

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Iranian islamic regime executes 23 prisoners, 11 more await execution

Iranian islamic regime executes 23 prisoners, 11 more await execution


Thursday, 05 January 2012 14:29

Iranian Resistance calls on the UN Security Council and international community to halt the growing trend of executions in Iran

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Iranian Web Master & Blogger Vahid Asghri Sentenced to Death by islamic court

Monday 09 January 2012

Iranian Web Master & Blogger Vahid Asghri Sentenced to Death by islamic court

HRANA News Agency – One month after his trial held at the 15th branch of the Revolutionary Court, the authorities have notified Vahid Asghri that a death sentence has been issued for him .

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Iranian Judiciary Punish Political Activist Asal Esmaeilzadeh

Monday 09 January 2012

Iranian Judiciary Punish Political Activist Asal Esmaeilzadeh

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) – Yesterday morning, branch 26 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced political activist Asal Esmaeilzadeh to four months in prison and eight months *suspended imprisonment. Her charges are: “Propaganda against the regime” and “Gathering and Colluding…”. She is currently not imprisoned .

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Political Prisoner Mohamad Javad Lari Has Been Sentenced To Death Once Again

Political Prisoner Mohamad Javad Lari Has Been Sentenced To Death Once Again

HEADLINE_TEXT


Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court’s presiding Judge, Salavati, has once again sentenced Mohamad Javad Lari to death .

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 Iranian islamic regime must stop persecuting Iranian protestant pastor


Iranian islamic regime must stop persecuting Iranian protestant pastor

By Roxana Saberi
December 21, 2011 -- Updated 1551 GMT (2351 HKT)

Editor's note: Roxana Saberi, an Iranian-American journalist, is the author of "Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran

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Iranian regime urged to halt execution of US national in ‘spying’ case

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Press Release
09 January 2011

Iran urged to halt execution of US national in ‘spying’ case
Iran must not execute a US national sentenced to death after an unfair trial, Amnesty International said today amid fears he could be executed within weeks .

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Continued Detention Of Iranian Gonabadi Dervishes by islamic court

Wednesday 11 January 2012

Continued Detention Of Iranian Gonabadi Dervishes by islamic court

Mrs. Simin Nematollahi one of the Gonabadi Dervishes was arrested by security forces in Tehran , today .

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Iranian blogger Saeed Malekpour faces execution again by islamic court


Wednesday 11 January 2012

Iranian blogger Saeed Malekpour faces execution again by islamic court

Sadly, as part of a political ploy initiated by the IRGC “Cyber Counterattack” team, Saeed

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Malaysian security officers threaten to deport Iranian political refugee to iran


Wednesday 11 January 2012

Malaysian security officers threaten to deport Iranian political refugee to iran

Malaysian security officers allegedly threatened to deport refugee and activist journalist Ali Hosseinpoor Jamshidi back to Iran .

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Sakineh’s Attorney’s Javid Hootan Kian Fate: Torture and jail


Thursday 12 January 2012

Sakineh’s Attorney’s Javid Hootan Kian Fate: Torture and jail

An Azerbaijani civil and media activist has been charged with espionage for Iran’s northern neighbor, the Republic of Azerbaijan, and recruiting informers for the intelligence service of that country.

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Report: The arrests of Iranian journalists continue


Wednesday 18 January 2012

Report: The arrests of Iranian journalists continue

According to the latest report by the Committee to Protect Journalists, with 43 journalists behind bars, Iran currently ranks as the worst country in the world with the most imprisoned journalists.

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Iranian political prisoner Sherko Mearefi enters his 15th day of hunger strike


Saturday, 21 April 2012 15:44

SEQIZ, -- Sherko Mearefi a Kurdish political prisoner on death row has been on hunger strike, for the last fifteen days, he launched in protest to his suspending and unknown fate.
According to our local correspondents Sherko has rejected the prison officials’ demands to end his hunger strike which entered its fifteen day today .

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Ahwazi political prisoners facing unfair trial, risk torture

Ahwazi political prisoners facing unfair trial, risk torture


Six members of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority are due to go on trial in Iran on 20 May. The men were detained without charge for almost a year and all were arrested in connection with their activities on behalf of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority. It is feared they will not receive a fair trial and may be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment .

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Thursday 24 May 2012

Five Iranian political activists sentenced to 46 years in prison by islamic court

A revolutionary court in Iran has sentenced five Kurdish citizens to a total of 46 years in prison, according to reports .

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Friday 01 June 2012

Iran cops target ‘un-Islamic’ ladies

RT - First impressions are half the battle, they say. Never so true as in Iran, where female booth attendants selling men’s ties have become targets of police crackdowns on clothing labeled un-Islamic .

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Iran`s islamic regime tightens the screws on church leaders

Iran (MNN) ― The Iranian government is tightening control on a Farsi-speaking Church, says a report from Compass Direct News .

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HRW seeks halt to Iran execution orders


HRW seeks halt to Iran execution orders

Published By United Press International
NEW YORK,July 12 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch has called on Iran to immediately quash execution orders against five activists from Iran's ethnic Arab minority .

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Trial Date Set for Iranian jailed attorney Mohammad Seifzadeh


Friday 17 February 2012

Trial Date Set for Iranian jailed attorney Mohammad Seifzadeh


Officials have set the court date for the third charge against prominent human rights lawyer Mohammad Seifzadeh to 12 March, his wife Fatemeh Golzar told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran .

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Saturday 01 December 2012

Dr.Ali Rashidi has been sentenced to 2 yrs imprisonment

HRANA News Agency – Dr. Ali

Rashidi, political activist, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment and 5 years ban of activity .

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Heshmatollah Tabarzadi erhält Hafturlaub

Heshmatollah Tabarzadi erhält Hafturlaub

Zamaaneh,23.Dezember 2012 – Dem iranischen politischen Gefangenen Heshmatollah Tabarzadi ist nach drei Jahren Gefängnis Hafturlaub gewährt worden. Er war im Dezember 2009 im Zuge der Niederschlagung politischer Dissidenten nach der Präsidentschaftswahl vom Juni desselben Jahres verhaftet worden .

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