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10469745_10203649368016947_3763586105795985896_nLondon, MEFD – Six Sunni prisoners from Iran’s Kurdish minority were executed in Rajai Shahr Prison in the city of Karaj this morning. Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that Hamed Ahmadi, Kamal Molai, Jamshid Dehghani, Jahangir Dehghani, Sedgh Mohammadi and Seyed Hadi Hosseini were executed at 4am this morning.

One of the relatives of Hamed Ahmadi told HRANA, “An ambulance left the prison at 5am and all the families rushed towards it. We couldn’t see the bodies but we were told that all 6 prisoners have been hanged and that we can collect the bodies at Bibi Sakine cemetery”.

The six men, who were sentenced to death by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran for “enmity against god” (moharebeh) following grossly unfair trials, were not spared by the Iranian authorities despite calls from international (more…)

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The United Nations headquarters building is pictured though a window with the UN logo in the foreground in the Manhattan borough of New YorkReuters – Iran had a “deeply troubling” number of executions last year and did not keep a promise to protect ethnic and religious minorities, the United Nations said on Tuesday in its annual report on Tehran’s human rights record.

The report from the office of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the U.N. Human Rights Council cataloged (more…)

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Iran uprisingAmnesty International – The authorities restricted freedoms of expression, association and assembly, arresting, detaining and prosecuting in unfair trials minority and women’s rights activists, journalists, human rights defenders and others who voiced dissent. Torture and other ill-treatment remained prevalent and (more…)

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Saman Naseem, 22, is scheduled to be executed on 19 February in Iran.© Private.

Saman Naseem, 22, is scheduled to be executed on 19 February in Iran.© Private.

Amnesty International – A young Iranian man set to be hanged on 19 February gave a harrowing account of how, as a teenager, officials tortured him for 97 days to make him “confess” to a crime, before sentencing him to death. (more…)

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_69904_A2Middle East Online – GENEVA – Turkey faced harsh criticism Tuesday at a United Nations review of its rights record, with diplomats condemning intimidation of journalists and brutal police crackdowns on demonstrators.

“We are concerned about growing restrictions on freedom of expression, including censorship of new media and the Internet, and provisions of Turkish law that (more…)

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Satellite image showing the extent of damage in Doron Baga taken on 7 Jan 2015, following an attack by Boko Haram.© DigitalGlobe

Satellite image showing the extent of damage in Doron Baga taken on 7 Jan 2015, following an attack by Boko Haram.© DigitalGlobe

Amnesty International – Satellite images released by Amnesty International today provide indisputable and shocking evidence of the scale of last week’s attack on the towns of Baga and Doron Baga by Boko Haram militants.

Before and after images of two neighbouring towns, Baga (160 kilometres from Maiduguri) and Doron Baga (also known as Doro (more…)

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Raif Badawi

Raif Badawi

Amnesty International – A witness confirmed to Amnesty International that the flogging of Saudi Arabian activist Raif Badawi took place this morning after Friday prayers in front of al-Jafali mosque in Jeddah.

“The flogging of Raif Badawi is a vicious act of cruelty which is prohibited under international law,” said Said Boumedouha, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa. (more…)

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A girl in Khakhe camp who was a victim of abuse by the armed group calling itself Islamic State.  © Amnesty International

A girl in Khakhe camp who was a victim of abuse by the armed group calling itself Islamic State.
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Amnesty International – Torture, including rape and other forms of sexual violence, suffered by women and girls from Iraq’s Yezidi minority who were abducted by the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS), highlights the savagery of IS rule, said Amnesty International in a new briefing today.  (more…)

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AP – The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday approved resolutions criticizing the human rights situations of North Korea, Iran and Syria.

North Korea has been outraged by the resolution that urges the U.N. Security Council to refer the country’s human rights situation to the International Criminal Court. The council will meet for the first time Monday on North Korea’s human rights violations. (more…)

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carte2014_enTime – Media activists say attacks on journalists are becoming increasingly barbaric

At least 66 journalists were killed across the globe this year while another 178 media workers were imprisoned, according to industry monitoring outlet Reporters Without Borders (RSF). (more…)

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