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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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Dr Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. Photo courtesy: shaheedoniran.org

Dr Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. Photo courtesy: shaheedoniran.org

London, MEFD –  The latest report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, has been released. The report was submitted in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 25/24  to the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in October 2014. (more…)

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ReyhanehWe have been informed that the Iranian authorities have executed Reyhaneh Jabbari in the city of Karaj this morning. Ms Jabbari’s mother, Shole Pakravan, confirmed her death to BBC Persian. According to The Independent newspaper, Ms Pakravan told BBC Persian that her 26-year-old daughter was hanged in a Tehran prison and that she was due to see her daughter’s body at the cemetery today. (more…)

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JabbariAmnesty International – The Iranian authorities must stop the execution of a woman due to be hanged tomorrow morning after being convicted for the killing of a man whom she said tried to sexually abuse her, said Amnesty International.

Reyhaneh Jabbari was sentenced to death in 2009 after a deeply flawed investigation and trial. Her execution was due to be carried out on 30 September but was postponed for 10 days. (more…)

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London, (Amnesty International) – Shi’a militias, supported and armed by the government of Iraq, have abducted and killed scores of Sunni civilians in recent months and enjoy total impunity for these war crimes, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today. (more…)

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By Mosa Zahed

London, 29 Aug. (MEFD)M.Zahed

Following Maliki’s impending departure, many Iraqis hope that the dawn of a new era has arrived which will end eight years of his dictatorial rule dominated by sectarianism. The Maliki legacy will be one that is characterised by executions, arbitrary detention, torture, rape and other ill treatment of ordinary Iraqi citizens, most of them belonging to minority groups, particularly Sunni Arabs. By appointing thousands of incompetent and corrupt officials during his tenure, Maliki effectively prevented Iraq from becoming a state with functioning institutions, and by simultaneously running a campaign of killing and terror against his critics, he excluded and alienated many from political process.  (more…)

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Seyed Jamal Hosseini, late senior member and editor of Human Rights Activists in Iran

Seyed Jamal Hosseini, late senior member and editor of Human Rights Activists in Iran

With deep regret we have been informed of the suspicious death of Seyed Jamal Hosseini (Esfandiar Baharmas), editor and a senior member of Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRAI) through their news agency. Jamal Hosseini was found dead in his office by Turkish authorities on the night of 4th August.

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