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meeting-house-of-commonsLondon, British Pakistani Christian Association – Renowned parliamentarians and human rights activists challenged British politicians to alter their policy towards Pakistani Christian asylum seekers and introduce more robust accountability measure for UK Foreign aid of which Pakistan is the largest recipient. (more…)

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14915615_1087836881314605_8615346667625395164_nLondon, Pakistan Christian Post – A new updated report on the situation of religious and other minorities in Pakistan is being launched in the Houses of Parliament today from 1pm to 3pm by the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) with support from several other UK and European human rights organisations, in an event chaired by Jim Shannon MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Pakistan (more…)

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mefd-delegation-londonLondon, MEFD – This afternoon, hundreds of people gathered at 10 Downing Street, London, to call on the British government and Prime Minister Theresa May to take immediate action in order to end the bloodshed in Syria, especially the atrocities perpetrated by Russia through a bombing campaign against the people of Aleppo. (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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Narges Mohammadi1London, MEFD – Narges Mohammadi, an already-imprisoned renowned human rights activist and vice president of the Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran, has been sentenced to serve ten years of a sixteen-year prison sentence following a new trial which was chaired by notorious Judge Abolghasem Salavati, head of the 15th division of Tehran Islamic Revolutionary Court. (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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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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