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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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NM 2London, MEFD – Middle East Forum for Development (MEFD) strongly condemns the arrest of human rights defender Narges Mohammadi, who was arrested by intelligence ministry officials yesterday on charges of “crimes against national security” and taken to the infamous Evin prison in Tehran to continue serving a six-year jail term. (more…)

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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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