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mohammad-ali-taheriLondon, MEFD – Middle East Forum for Development is extremely concerned about the fate and whereabouts of Iranian spiritual teacher Mohammad Ali Taheri, who has been held incommunicado since 16 October. Since May 2011, Taheri has been held in solitary confinement in the notorious Evin prison in Iran after he was sentenced by the authorities to five years imprisonment on trumped up charges of “insulting Islamic sanctities”. (more…)

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ali_matroudiLondon, MEFD – Middle East Forum for Development condemns the imprisonment of Ali Matroudi, a poet and writer from Ahwaz, the capital city of Iran’s Khuzestan Province. On 18th May, Matroudi was sentenced by the Iranian authorities to serve a one-year prison sentence in Shiban prison on charges of “acting against national security and propaganda against the establishment”. (more…)

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MEFD logoLondon, MEFD – On Saturday 21st May 2016, Mosa Zahed, executive director of Middle East Forum for Development (MEFD), attended an international workshop on media and civil society in the Middle East at Cambridge House, London, which was organised by Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation (AHRO) and Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization. Zahed’s speech can be seen here:  (more…)

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Panel LondonLondon, MEFD – On Saturday 21st May 2016, Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation (AHRO) and Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization organised an international workshop on media and civil society in the Middle East at Cambridge House, London. The workshop was attended by Middle East Forum for Development (MEFD). (more…)

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executionLondon, MEFD – 36 year-old Rashid Kouhi was hanged in prison in the morning of 9th April 2016, in Rasht, the capital city of Iran’s Gilan province, despite international outcry to halt his execution. Rashid Kouhi was arrested in August 2011 at a checkpoint in Roudbar, Gilan, after Iranian authorities stopped him and searched his bag where they reportedly found 800 grams of crystal meth. (more…)

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Camp Liberty rocket attacksLondon, MEFD – At 7.40 pm last night, Camp Liberty in north-east Baghdad, which is home to around 2,250 unarmed members of the Iranian opposition group the People’s Mojahedin Organisation, was subjected to multiple rocket attacks which resulted in the death of at least 23 camp residents, including one woman, and multiple injuries. (more…)

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F SalbehiLondon, MEFD – According to sources inside Iran, alleged juvenile offender Fatemeh Salbehi, who was arrested when she was 17 years old for the murder of her husband, was executed this morning at the age of 23 in Adel Abad prison in the city of Shiraz in southern Iran.

Fatemeh Salbehi married at the age of 16 to a man who was twice her age and who she had never met before their marriage. (more…)

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Salar-ShadizadehLondon, MEFD – Middle East Forum for Development (MEFD) calls on the Iranian authorities to immediately halt the execution of Salar Shadizadeh, who is scheduled to be executed tomorrow for a crime allegedly committed when he was 15 years old.

Salar Shadizadeh, who is now 24 years of age, was detained by the authorities in February 2007 when his friend’s dead body was found in a garden of Shadizadeh’s family. The authorities then arrested Salar Shadizadeh and accused him of stabbing his friend in the neck which resulted in his death. (more…)

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Federica MogheriniLondon, MEFD – As Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union and Vice-President of the European Commission, gets ready for her visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran tomorrow in order to discuss the implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement and bilateral issues between the EU and Iran, Middle East Forum for Development expresses its dismay over the ill-timing of the EU’s top diplomat for this trip. (more…)

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