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London, MEFD – Middle East Forum for Development (MEFD) has written a letter to High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini ahead of her travel to Tehran on 5th August, as she intends to attend the inauguration ceremony of President Rouhani.  (more…)

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2013619152256191734_20(AFP) – Affluent nations have taken in a “pitiful” number of the million of Syrian refugees uprooted by the country’s civil war, placing the burden on Syria’s ill-equipped neighbours, according to Amnesty International.

The London-based rights group, in advance of a December 9 donors’ conference in Geneva, deplored on Friday what it called the shocking failure of rich nations to host refugees. (more…)

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ShaabaniLondon, 12 Feb. (MEFD)

Middle East Forum for Development condemns in the strongest terms the execution of Hashem Shaabani, an Iranian poet and teacher from Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority. Shaabani was sentenced to death following a grossly unfair trial in July 2013 by Branch Two of the Ahwaz Revolutionary Court along with fourteen others on charges of “enmity against God” and for forming a “threat” to national security. (more…)

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Damage from missile attack 26 Dec. 2013

London, Dec. 29 (MEFD)

On Thursday 26 December 2013, Camp Liberty, which houses some 3000 Iranian refugees near Baghdad airport in Iraq, was subjected to a missile attack which, according to the United Nations, killed a number of residents and wounded many others.  According to the information received, the attack took place on 26 December at 9:15 pm Baghdad local time. Dozens of missiles of different types were fired upon the camp which killed three residents and injured 71 others of whom several are in critical condition. (more…)

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Geneva–Syrian activists and other citizens have vanished into secret detention as part of a “widespread campaign of terror against the civilian population” by the Damascus government, UN investigators said on Thursday.

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly has approved a resolution criticizing Iran for serious rights violations including torture and its “alarming” and frequent use of the death penalty.

The vote Wednesday was 86 to 36, with 61 countries abstaining.The resolution also welcomes pledges by Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, on some important human rights issues such as eliminating discrimination against women and members of ethnic minorities. (more…)

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Source: United Nations office in Geneva

Over half of all Syrian refugees are children.

Over half of all Syrian refugees are children. Photo credit: Oxfam International / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

GENEVA, December 10 (UNHCR) –The UN refugee agency and the World Food Programme will start airlifting aid from Iraq to north-eastern Syria this week, a timely move that will bring much-needed relief supplies for vulnerable people in an inaccessible area as the harsh winter sets in.

Starting Thursday, up to 12 cargo flights are expected to airlift food and relief supplies such as blankets, plastic sheets and sleeping mats from Erbil in northern Iraq to Hassakeh in Syria’s north-east, with the permission of both governments. (more…)

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Source: United Nations Office in Geneva

Geneva (9 December 2013)- A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today called on the Iraqi Government to clarify the whereabouts of seven residents of Camp Ashraf, who were allegedly abducted last September after an attack that left 52 people dead, guarantee their safety and prevent their extradition to Iran.

More than 3,000 Iranian exiles – many of them members of a group known as the People’s Mojahedeen of Iran – have been based at the Ashraf refugee camp near Baghdad since the 1980s.

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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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