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London, MEFD – Middle East Forum for Development has organised a panel event titled ‘The persecution of religious and ethnic minorities in Iran’, which will be held on Monday 27th February, 5:30 pm, in the House of Commons. The event is co-sponsored by the All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group (PHRG) and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief and will be chaired by Dr Matthew Offord MP. (more…)

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Officers and officials of the Police Force met Ayatollah Khamenei, Commander and Chief of the armed forces [Wikipedia]

Officers and officials of the Police Force met Ayatollah Khamenei, Commander and Chief of the armed forces [Wikipedia]

London, Middle East Monitor – A major international human rights organisation has accused Iran today of “boasting of mass killing” after the Iranian regime repeatedly broadcast the mass execution of 25 Sunni Kurdish-Iranian men that occurred last August.

Amnesty International said that the Iranian authorities were “broadcasting injustice” after they put the Kurdish men to death, and forced them to participate in “confession” videos that Amnesty says was designed to “dehumanise” the men. (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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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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The Hague, Binnenhof

The Hague, Binnenhof

MEFD, London – Middle East Forum for Development (MEFD) and British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) are delighted with the decision of the Dutch government to designate Pakistani Christians as a ‘risk group’, implicating a major change in the country’s asylum policy towards the minority group that will make it easier for them to be recognised as refugees in The Netherlands. (more…)

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LONDON, 23 Jan. (UPI) — Last year I wrote an op-ed on Iran’s bloody “war on drugs,” which has led to hundreds of executions and sent thousands to death row.

I criticized the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime and Western countries as they continued to finance a controversial drug control program in an attempt to tackle illicit drug trade on a key route, which goes through Afghanistan, Iran, the Middle East and Europe. (more…)

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1487357_10201126738272780_688111991_nLONDON, Dec. 26 (UPI) — Last week a European Parliament delegation returned from a six-day visit to Tehran, the first official visit to Iran in more than six years.

During their Dec. 13-18 visit at least 38 death sentences were carried out official Iranian media sources said. This while many executions in prisons are conducted in secret and news of those is rarely released.The five-member delegation was led by the chairwoman of European Parliament’s friendship delegation with Iran, Tarja Cronberg from Finnish Greens and included Cornelia Ernst, German communist; Isabelle Durant, Belgian Greens; Marietje Schaake, Dutch Liberals; and Josef Weidenholzer, Austrian Social Democrats. (more…)

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By Mosa Zahed

This article was originally published on 27 January 2013

Iran’s bloody ‘war on drugs’ has led to hundreds of executions and thousands on death row. Yet the United Nations and the West continue to finance it.

Iran is one of the worst human rights violators in the world. Their inhumane policies are met with worldwide condemnation, as their judiciary ignores international standards and humanitarian law. Yet little attention is paid to the fact that the United Nations and Western governments have helped finance the regimes bloody “war on drugs”, accounting for an untold number of executions in a country which lacks proper rule of law or judicial oversight.

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