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7 Dec 2011

Why is the west funding Iran’s deadly war on drugs

Representatives of more that 50 countries will meet in Vienna shortly to determine the level of international support that Iran receives for its continuing war on drugs. This comes amid concern about the increasing number of executions for drug-related offences in Iran. Six more people were recently hanged in the city of Kermanshah - executions that a senior figure in the judiciary described as "one of the triumphs of Iran".
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30 Nov 2011

Unidentified People are Taken to the Gallows

In recent years many individuals have been executed on charges of being "drug smugglers" while no names or any details about them were provided, something that has been strongly protested and criticized by human rights activists.
In recent years many individuals have been executed on charges of being "drug smugglers" while no names or any details...

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25 Oct 2011

Prison Guards tell family: “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. My relatives went to prison this week to bring Zanyar warm clothing, as the cold season has come. But prison officials told them that he would not need the clothes as his death sentence has been upheld. They told my relatives this explicitly, adding that they would be informed of the execution date, Eghbal Moradi told the Campaign.
Eghbal Moradi, father of Zanyar Moradi, a Kurdish prisoner at Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj, told the International...

Secret, Unannounced, Group Executions Continue Inside Iranian Prisons

While Iranian authorities remain silent about the executions of drug traffickers inside Mashad s Vakilabad Prison, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned that seven prisoners were hanged on 11 August, and another seven were hanged on 20 September. According to information received from a source, the executions were carried out in groups. All those executed had been charged with drug-related crimes
While Iranian authorities remain silent about the executions of drug traffickers inside Mashad s Vakilabad Prison, the...

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18 Oct 2011

Iran secretly executing hundreds of prisoners

Iran's authoritarian regime has been secretly executing hundreds of prisoners, according to a new UN report detailing growing rights abuses in the Islamic republic. The mysterious executions at Vakilabad prison in Mashhad in eastern Iran were highlighted in a report compiled by Ahmed Shaheed, the new UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran.
Iran's authoritarian regime has been secretly executing hundreds of prisoners, according to a new UN report detailing...

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14 Oct 2011

Iranian regime exposes children to public executions

Following the October 12th public executions of four young men in Khomeini Shahr, the state-run Fars News Agency published more than 20 pictures showing the hangings and the spectators. In one of the pictures a small child is seen watching the executions. The number of the public executions in Iran has been increasing dramatically during the past months. Iranian authorities announce the executions and broadcast them through the state-run media.
Following the October 12th public executions of four young men in Khomeini Shahr, the state-run Fars News Agency...

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11 Oct 2011

480 Prisoners Hanged From October 2010 to October 2011

The Statistics and Publications Unit of Human Rights Activists in Iran 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.
The Statistics and Publications Unit of Human Rights Activists in Iran has reported that from October 2010 to October...
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3 Oct 2011

At least 62 executions in September

During recent days, seven prisoners were hanged in prisons of Shahr Kord, Zabol, Qom and Varamin amounting to 62 executions in Iran in September. Twenty-three of them were executed on September 18 (22 in Gohardasht and Evin prisons and 1 in Ghazvin). At least 38 more prisoners have been executed secretly bringing the number of executions in September to 100.
During recent days, seven prisoners were hanged in prisons of Shahr Kord, Zabol, Qom and Varamin amounting to 62...
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27 Sep 2011

Executions point to ‘killing spree’

A sharp rise in the number of executions reported in Iran is raising suspicions that the Tehran regime has, in the words of a British newspaper, engaged in "a judicial killing spree" to intimidate its opponents.
A sharp rise in the number of executions reported in Iran is raising suspicions that the Tehran regime has, in the words...

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12 Sep 2011

Dr. Maleki’s letter to Ahmed Shaheed I testify to 32 years of crime

In a letter to Ahmad Shaheed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, Dr. Mohammad Maleki, the first president of Tehran University after the Islamic revolution, declared that he is ready to reveal the crimes he has witnessed over the past 32 years in Iran. Maleki was recently summoned to appear before the court.
In a letter to Ahmad Shaheed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, Dr. Mohammad Maleki, the...

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10 Sep 2011

14 executions in Orumieh, Kerman, Ahwaz and Qazvin, and mass arrests in various cities

From September 3 to 8, 2011, the inhuman clerical regime hanged 14 prisoners in Orumieh (3 people), Kerman (4 people), Ahwaz (6 people), and Qazvin (1 person). According to the Iranian regime's state media, in the first eight months of 2011 alone, 206 prisoners have been executed. At the same time, at least 228 people have been secretly executed.
From September 3 to 8, 2011, the inhuman clerical regime hanged 14 prisoners in Orumieh (3 people), Kerman (4 people),...

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22 Jul 2011

Iran public execution outrages human rights groups

A disturbing video of the public execution of three men in Iran has sparked anger among human rights activists. The graphic video, released by Amnesty International on Thursday, showed guards standing on top of buses draping ropes around necks of three convicts sentenced to death by hanging after being convicted of rape. The men were later hanged from an overhead bridge after the vehicles drove away.
A disturbing video of the public execution of three men in Iran has sparked anger among human rights activists. The...

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19 Jul 2011

Member of Iranian Parliament’s Judicial Commission Expresses Support Public Executions

In an interview published by Fars News Agency, an Iranian member of parliament (MP) supports the implementation of executions publicly. Nayereh Akhavan, an MP from Isfahan and a member of the Judicial Commission of Parliament, told Fars News: 'It seems carrying out such sentences may be effective in preventing certain crimes.' Human rights activists continue to express concern about the negative effects of public hangings on Iranian society.
In an interview published by Fars News Agency, an Iranian member of parliament (MP) supports the implementation of...

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19 Jul 2011

3 young men hanged in public in Kermanshah

The final verdict was issued at a local court only 18 days after the alleged offence. One week later the sentence was approved by the Supreme Court. The execution order was finalized by the head of the Iranian judiciary on July 10th.
The final verdict was issued at a local court only 18 days after the alleged offence. One week later the sentence was...

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8 Jul 2011

Iran escalates use of capital punishment

Iran has executed an average of almost two people a day in the first six months of this year, human rights groups have warned. The sharp escalation in the use of capital punishment comes at a time when the Islamic regime is fighting to prevent pro-democracy movements similar to those that have been sweeping across the Middle East from taking hold in the country.
Iran has executed an average of almost two people a day in the first six months of this year, human rights groups have...

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6 Jul 2011

Iran using execution binge to repress dissent

Egypt and Tunisia have overthrown repressive regimes. Citizens in Syria, Yemen and other Middle East countries are demanding change. Yet in Iran, where a wave of 2009 demonstrations helped spark the movements we are now witnessing elsewhere in the Middle East, the populace is strangely silent.
Egypt and Tunisia have overthrown repressive regimes. Citizens in Syria, Yemen and other Middle East countries are...

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28 May 2011

Iranian media reacts to human rights report: He was 23 years old!

Iran Human Rights, May 28: Iran Human Rights (IHR) had published a report on May 26th regarding the public execution of "Mehdi Faraji" in Qazvin titled: "Young boy was used to carry out execution of a man in public in Iran". The information was based on eyewitness reports who said, "A young boy was used to draw the chair Mehdi was standing on and carry out the execution."
Iran Human Rights, May 28: Iran Human Rights (IHR) had published a report on May 26th regarding the public execution of...

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26 May 2011

Iran hangs 12 people, five of them in public

Iran has hanged 12 men for offences including murder, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking, including five who were executed in public, news agency reports and a legal source said on Thursday.
Iran has hanged 12 men for offences including murder, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking, including five who were...
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26 May 2011

Arbitrary arrests, torture and executions continue

Amnesty International is concerned by the Iranian government s continuing clampdown on dissent, including arbitrary arrests and the torture or other ill-treatment of people who express views opposed to those of the government. Some of those arrested have even been executed, after apparently unfair trials, including at least one minor. Amnesty International wrote to the Head of the Judiciary to express concern about these developments on 13 May 2011, but without response; the Iranian authorities rarely reply to communications from Amnesty International.
Amnesty International is concerned by the Iranian government s continuing clampdown on dissent, including arbitrary...

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18 May 2011

Iranian Authorities Executed Over 30 People in 2 Weeks

The 2010 Foreign & Commonwealth Office report on human rights released on March 31 of this year stated the number of executions in 2010 in Iran totaled more than 650 people, including a victim who did not even know that he had been sentenced to death.
The 2010 Foreign & Commonwealth Office report on human rights released on March 31 of this year stated the number of...

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17 May 2011

The two brothers Mohammad and Abdollah Fathi were executed in Isfahan early this morning

According to reliable sources that Iran Human Rights had been in contact with, the two brothers Mohammad and Abdollah Fathi were executed early this morning in the Dastjerd prison of Isfahan.
According to reliable sources that Iran Human Rights had been in contact with, the two brothers Mohammad and Abdollah...

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17 May 2011

25 people executed in one week

Twenty-five prisoners were executed in Iran in a single week and at least were 6 hanged in public, the Iranian dissident group the National Council of Resistance of Iran said Monday in a statement.
Twenty-five prisoners were executed in Iran in a single week and at least were 6 hanged in public, the Iranian dissident...
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17 May 2011

Only One Month to Find, Sentence and Execute Suspects

Yousef Azizi Banitorof, Secretary of the Center for Combating Racism and Discrimination Against Arabs in Iran, who currently resides in London, spoke with International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran following news from the Al Arabiya website quoting Ahwaz News about recent executions in Ahwaz. According to news we were able to receive from our contacts in Ahwaz, three people were hanged in public at Hamidieh Junction.
Yousef Azizi Banitorof, Secretary of the Center for Combating Racism and Discrimination Against Arabs in Iran, who...

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13 May 2011

Regime Returns to Execution Policy

Official sources announced that eight people have been hanged in prisons in Western Azarbaijan. Some analysts point to the increasing number of executions as a sign of the regime s return to the execution policy.
Official sources announced that eight people have been hanged in prisons in Western Azarbaijan. Some analysts point to...
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10 May 2011

Reports from Ahvaz 9 executed among them one minor

Iran Human Rights: According to the reports from Iran nine people, among them one minor, have been executed in the city of Ahvaz south of Iran. According to the Persian section of Alarabiya (the news website of Alarabiya TV channel), Iran s Judiciary has announced that nine people charged with murder of the security officers and committing acts against chastity, have been executed.
Iran Human Rights: According to the reports from Iran nine people, among them one minor, have been executed in the city...

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27 Apr 2011

Sharp rise in the rate of executions in public in Iran

Amnesty International has condemned a sharp rise in the rate of executions in public in Iran which have included the first executions of juvenile offenders in the world this year. Since the start of 2011, up to 13 men have been hanged in public, compared to 14 such executions recorded by Amnesty International from official Iranian sources in the whole of 2010.
Amnesty International has condemned a sharp rise in the rate of executions in public in Iran which have included the...

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31 Mar 2011

Iranian lawyer revives Delara who is responsible for her death

The following is a recent letter on Delara Darabi's execution that occurred two years ago, from the blog of Mohammad Mostafaei, one of Delara Darabi's lawyers. Delara was executed in Iran on May 1, 2009. An alternate spelling to Delara's name is Delaram. "Del" in Persian means heart, "aram" means calm.
The following is a recent letter on Delara Darabi's execution that occurred two years ago, from the blog of Mohammad...

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24 Mar 2011

Russia Must Address Human Rights Violations in Iran

I have seen many tragic things in my long career as a human rights advocate, but what is happening in Iran deeply shocks me. The execution rate is skyrocketing. Around 150 persons have been executed already in 2011, which means around one every eight hours.
I have seen many tragic things in my long career as a human rights advocate, but what is happening in Iran deeply shocks...

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20 Mar 2011

Interview with father of Habibollah Golparipour, death row political prisoner

Masih Alinejad interviews the father of Habibollah Golparipour, death row Kurdish political prisoner. "The person who does not have empathy and is ignorant toward the pain and suffering of others is not a human being. When I hear the news of executions, my feelings are the same as the family members [whose loved ones were executed]. It was a bitter year."
Masih Alinejad interviews the father of Habibollah Golparipour, death row Kurdish political prisoner. "The person who...

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18 Mar 2011

Iran’s Supreme Court: Death Sentences Will Now Be Issued In Less Than 10 Days

March 16th, 2011 - According to the Human Rights House of Iran (RAHANA), Ayatollah Ahmad Mohseni Gorgani, the head of Iran's Supreme Court announced, "Moving forward, death sentences upheld by the criminal courts will be processed by the Supreme Court in less than 10 days."
March 16th, 2011 - According to the Human Rights House of Iran (RAHANA), Ayatollah Ahmad Mohseni Gorgani, the head of...

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2 Mar 2011

Interview with human rights activist on executions “silence allows violators set the standards”

The International Campaign for Abolishing the Death Penalty in Iran spoke to human rights activist Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam on his organization's recent annual execution report that covers Iran s 2010 record. The Iran Human Rights group s report states that, according to Iranian sources, "85 people have been executed in January 2011. At least 3 of those executed in January 2011 were arrested in connection with the 2009 post election protests."
The International Campaign for Abolishing the Death Penalty in Iran spoke to human rights activist Mahmood...

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16 Feb 2011

Rights groups press UN to denounce Iran executions

Human rights groups are pressing the U.N. and the international community to denounce a rash of executions in Iran. The groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, say at least 86 people have been executed in 2011 in Iran. They say at least eight of those killed last month were political prisoners.
Human rights groups are pressing the U.N. and the international community to denounce a rash of executions in Iran. The...

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7 Feb 2011

A Campaign for Abolishing the Death Penalty in Iran

The growing number of executions, an indication of the ever increasing trend of the violation of the right to life, has resulted in a group of journalists and human rights activists to come together to launch an international campaign aimed at abolishing the death penalty in Iran .
The growing number of executions, an indication of the ever increasing trend of the violation of the right to life, has...

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3 Feb 2011

Case of Saeed Malekpour “Canada, raise your voice louder”

A day after the illegal execution of Iranian-Dutch citizen Zahra Bahrami on January 29, 2011 in Evin prison, the Tehran Prosecutor released a statement on government-controlled news sites about more imminent executions. The announcement caused international Persian media outlets, namely BBC and Voice of America, to go on alert. The Tehran Prosecutor was quoted as saying that the death sentences issued to two admins of obscene websites were sent to the Supreme Court for confirmation and approval .
A day after the illegal execution of Iranian-Dutch citizen Zahra Bahrami on January 29, 2011 in Evin prison, the Tehran...
31 Jan 2011

Iran to execute record numbers in 2011

Iran, which set off a diplomatic storm by hanging a Dutch-Iranian woman, is on target to execute a record number of over 1,000 people this year, rights groups said Sunday. And the execution of Zahra Bahrami is just the latest case of a "serious lack of transparency" in Iran's growing use of capital punishment, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.
Iran, which set off a diplomatic storm by hanging a Dutch-Iranian woman, is on target to execute a record number of over...

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30 Jan 2011

Dutch freeze contacts with Iran over hanging

The Dutch foreign ministry said it was "shocked, shattered by this act by a barbaric regime". Sahra Bahrami, aged 46, was hanged for drug smuggling early on Saturday, Iranian officials said. Her family accuses Tehran of fabricating the case against her after she was detained for taking part in anti-government protests in 2009.
The Dutch foreign ministry said it was "shocked, shattered by this act by a barbaric regime". Sahra Bahrami, aged 46,...

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29 Jan 2011

Zahra Bahrami Executed, Another Victim of Iranian Regime’s Political Game

Zahra Bahrami, the 45 year old Iranian-Dutch citizen and mother of two who was arrested during the 2009 Ashura protests (December 27, 2009), was hanged today. Zahra Bahrami was executed even though her second case file with political charges was still opened and unresolved.
Zahra Bahrami, the 45 year old Iranian-Dutch citizen and mother of two who was arrested during the 2009 Ashura protests...

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28 Jan 2011

Stoning case steals focus from other imprisoned dissidents, Iran activists say

A sentence of death by stoning has propelled an illiterate Iranian woman convicted of adultery to international fame, with Hollywood stars, French intellectuals and Western governments calling for her release
A sentence of death by stoning has propelled an illiterate Iranian woman convicted of adultery to international fame,...

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27 Jan 2011

Tunisian uprising sparks execution blitz

An Iranian opposition figure told Asharq al-Awsat that the execution of 10 prisoners in a jail northwest of Tehran last week reflects the Iranian regime's fear of the Tunisian experiment, particularly after the Iranian government lifted the subsidies on numerous basic commodities. Meanwhile, the opposition Mojahdin- e Khalq Organization [MKO] said that Tehran arrested 80 of its cadres in the Ashraf camp in Iraq.
An Iranian opposition figure told Asharq al-Awsat that the execution of 10 prisoners in a jail northwest of Tehran last...

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26 Jan 2011

What the Executions Say About the Regime’s Control and Murder

The Iranian government executed two more people on Monday. This was the official explanation: "Two elements of the Monafeghin (hypocrites) cell named Jafar Kazemi...and Mohammad Ali Hajaghaei...were executed early today." The "Monafeghin" are the exiled Iranian opposition group, People's Mujahedeen of Iran (PMOI).
The Iranian government executed two more people on Monday. This was the official explanation: "Two elements of the...
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25 Jan 2011

VOA Reports on Recent Executions

On the morning of January 24th, two more political prisoners were executed in Iran: Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaie, both accused of communicating and cooperating with the PMOI (People s Mujahedin Organization of Iran). The implementation of execution sentences of political and non-political prisoners has increased after the 2009 Iranian Presidential election
On the morning of January 24th, two more political prisoners were executed in Iran: Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Haj...
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25 Jan 2011

Executed Political Prisoner’s Wife ‘They DidnÂ’t Inform Me Or His Lawyer’

In a telephone interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Jafar Kazemi s wife said that when she went to visit her husband at Evin Prison a few hours ago, she was informed that he had been executed earlier this morning.
In a telephone interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Jafar Kazemi s wife said that when...

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25 Jan 2011

Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaie Executed

On Monday morning, two political prisoners, Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaie were executed. According to the announcement by the the Tehran Prosecutor s office, these two political prisoners were labeled as hypocrites who were linked to the hypocrite group (hypocrite is the derogatory term the Islamic Republic of Iran uses to refer to the political opposition group the People s Mujahedin of Iran Organization ) backed by Britain that played a role in post-election protests.
On Monday morning, two political prisoners, Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaie were executed. According to the...

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20 Jan 2011

Iranian Regime Executes Average of One Person Every Eight Hours

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran called on the Iranian Parliament and the Judiciary to immediately institute a moratorium on executions and to move swiftly to abolish the death penalty, in the face of skyrocketing executions following unfair trials and opaque judicial proceedings.
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran called on the Iranian Parliament and the Judiciary to immediately...
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17 Jan 2011

The Iranian Regime Executed Hossein Khezri in Secret

28 year old Hossein Khezri, an Iranian Kurdish political activist was hanged this morning in Orumiyeh central prison. According to reports by HRANA, on January 2, 2011, a team was sent from Tehran to Orumiyeh central prison to perform Khezri s execution over night. However, due to unknown reasons, prison officials decided to postpone the implementation of the sentence.
28 year old Hossein Khezri, an Iranian Kurdish political activist was hanged this morning in Orumiyeh central prison....

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10 Jan 2011

The Judge Told My Husband Jafar Kazemi – We should have executed you back in the 1980’s

The case of Jafar Kazemi, a prisoner on death row, has been sent to the branch in the Revolutionary Court responsible for the execution of sentences. The upholding and confirmation of the sentence by the Supreme Court has raised concerns about the sudden [planned] execution of this prisoner of conscience. Jafar Kazemi was sentenced to death on the charges of Moharebeh [Enmity with God] through collaboration and ties with the People s Mujahedin of Iran Organization [PMOI] and propaganda against the regime .
The case of Jafar Kazemi, a prisoner on death row, has been sent to the branch in the Revolutionary Court responsible...

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2 Jan 2011

Iran stoning ruling ‘could change’

Authorities reviewing a death by stoning sentence against an Iranian woman convicted of adultery could still commute the sentence, a senior Iranian judiciary official has said. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was taken from prison late on Saturday to meet journalists to talk about her confession of helping her lover kill her husband. Ashtiani, who has previously appeared on state television, denied that she had been tortured in prison and admitted that she was an accomplice to the murder.
Authorities reviewing a death by stoning sentence against an Iranian woman convicted of adultery could still commute the...

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2 Jan 2011

190 executions in the year of 2010

Worldwide statistics indicates, the Islamic Republic of Iran was placed in second place in execution rate after China. Iran is also remains one of few dozen countries that runs this inhumane punishment.
Worldwide statistics indicates, the Islamic Republic of Iran was placed in second place in execution rate after China....

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