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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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London, MEFD – In an effort to garner international attention for the case of Iranian spiritual teacher Mohammad Ali Taheri, Middle East Forum for Development (MEFD) drafted a letter addressed to Ms Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission (HRVP) (more…)

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img-20161217-wa0029London, MEFD – Thousands of people gathered in Marble Arch, London, then marched to Downing Street, in an event organised by the Syria Solidarity Campaign which was also attended by a delegation of Middle East Forum for Development (MEFD).

The campaign had urged people to join their protest against large-scale bombardments targeting civilians in Aleppo by the Assad regime and its allies.

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atena-daemiLondon, MEFD – According to Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), 29-year-old Iranian civil rights activist Atena Daemi was violently arrested on the morning of 26 November at her father’s residence by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and subjected to threats. Ms Daemi was subsequently transferred by the IRGC to Evin prison in order to serve a 7 year prison sentence. (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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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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