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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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Narges MohammadiLondon, MEFD – PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THE PETITION FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF NARGES MOHAMMADI HERE

Middle East Forum for Development strongly condemns Narges Mohammadi’s arrest and calls on Ahmed Shaheed, (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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By Mosa ZahedM.Zahed

London, Middle East Forum for Development – The Iraqi government has declared that it will start an investigation in to the massacre of 72 unarmed Iraqi civilians who were reportedly executed in cold blood by Shia militias this week in the village of Barwanah, located in the Diyala province, following a military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Detailed eye-witness accounts described the horror which unfolded north of Baghdad, after Iraqi government forces (more…)

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AP – The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday approved resolutions criticizing the human rights situations of North Korea, Iran and Syria.

North Korea has been outraged by the resolution that urges the U.N. Security Council to refer the country’s human rights situation to the International Criminal Court. The council will meet for the first time Monday on North Korea’s human rights violations. (more…)

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