Iran: capital punishment use, on the rise

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According to Amnesty International, Iran has admitted executing 190 people between January and the end of June this year; an additional 130 reported executions have gone unacknowledged. These figures put Iran on course for a record year for capital punishment. In 2010, 252 people were executed, according to official figures, with 300 more also believed to have been killed.

Iran Human Rights, an independent monitoring organisation, claims the true picture is much worse. It says 25 people were hanged in one day – 3 July – in Ghezel Hesar prison in Karaj, west of Tehran. The hangings, supposedly all drug-related, were not reported by official media. The same report said another seven people were hanged the same day in Evin prison in Tehran. It alluded to further uncorroborated mass executions in prisons in Khorasan province in 2010.

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, another independent pressure group, reported last month that 26 inmates of Vakilabad prison in Mashhad were hanged on 15 June. It quoted the Mashhad prosecutor, Mahmoud Zoghi, as admitting “high numbers of executions” over the past two-and-a-half years. Zoghi said the rise was due to a high volume of drug trafficking cases. “The execution statistics are proportionate and foreign media unjustifiably exaggerate in this subject,” he said.

The number of public hangings is also on the increase. Since the start of 2011, up to 13 men have been executed in public, eight of them since 16 April, an Amnesty report this year stated. Iran meanwhile reportedly defied international law by executing two juveniles offenders, in Bandar Abbas on 20 April. Overall, Iran’s execution “average” is running at almost two people per day in 2011, making the regime the world’s number two executioner after China.

via Iran\’s judicial killing spree | Simon Tisdall | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk.

Iran: Two Christians freed, charges remain

 Two Christian Iranian women, Maryam Rostampour, 27, and Marzieh Amirizadeh Esmaeilabad, 30, were released from prison this afternoon with no bail amid an international campaign calling for their freedom since their arrest on March 5.

The two women, whose health deteriorated while in detention at the notorious Evin prison in Tehran, are at their homes recovering from their nine-month ordeal, an Iranian source told Compass. They still could face charges of proselytizing and “apostasy,” or leaving Islam.

More here.

Iran: US hikers tortured

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When Alex Fattal thinks about his little brother Josh facing the barrel of a gun or being thrown down a flight of stairs by Iranian prison guards, it’s “like getting kicked in the chest.”
Hearing this week that his 28-year-old sibling has experienced both during his nearly two year confinement in Tehran’s Evin Prison confirmed the Fattal family’s fears that their younger son, along with his friend and cellmate Shane Bauer, also 29, was being not just psychologically but physically tortured while at the mercy of Iran’s treacherous judicial system.

On Thursday, Bauer’s fiancee Sarah Shourd, 32, who was held with the men for 14 months until her release last September, finally broke her silence about what had transpired during the trio’s days in captivity. The revelations — of brutal violence and psychological torture — confirmed the worst, that Shane and Josh are likely “in grave danger where they are,” Alex said. “Who knows what else has happened since Sarah was released?”

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Iran: Christian convert detained in Evin prison, whose fate remains unresolved and unclear

According to reports obtained by the Iranian Christian News Agency, Mohabat News, this 32 years old new Christian man, Farshid Fathi, who resides in Tehran, pursuant to a pre-planned series of home invasions by the security forces, was arrested on September 26, 2010. Now, after more than 5 months from his arrest and remaining in custody at the 209th wing of Evin prison, his fate remains unresolved and unclear.

Mohabat News has reports indicating that this Christian prisoner has been held in solitary confinement for months and has been given permission to speak to his family once a week only and despite the conclusion of all interrogations there has been no court orders or instructions issued in his case.

The security forces and the interrogators have been using psychological torture methods to force Farshid to confess and provide a full list of all individuals he has evangelized and who and where are the domestic and foreign contacts.

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Iran: regime opponents are “God’s enemies” (II)

Global Voices:

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Two bloggers and members of the “Committee of Human Rights” (Chrr), Mehrdad Rahimi and Kouhyar Goudarzi (photographed above: Goudarzi, left, and Rahimi, right) have been accused of wanting to wage “a war against God,” and charged as being “Mohareb” (enemies of God). Their charges are similar to those against the two men who were executed this week in Tehran.Reporters without Borders writes other bloggers who are members of the committee have also been arrested in recent weeks. They are Parisa Kakei, who was arrested on January 2; Shiva Nazar Ahari on December 24; and Said Kanaki and Said Jalali on December 1. They are all still being held in Section 209 of Tehran’s notorious Evin prison and are being subjected to considerable pressure to name other members of the committee and to call for it to be disbanded.

Read it all. And yet, no international movement neither protests against this brutal campaign from Iranian Government.

Before: Iran: regime’s opponents are God’s enemies.

France: Ambassador meets with French student held in Iran

Un update on this story:

France’s ambassador to Tehran on Thursday met a French woman lecturer who has been detained in Iran’s notorious Evin prison on charges of espionage, a diplomatic source told AFP.

Ambassador Bernard Poletti met Clotilde Reiss at the prison for around 40 minutes, the source said, following her arrest on July 1 in the wake of the massive protests in Iran over President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election.

“She is in good physical condition and seems to be treated well. But she is rather preoccupied with what will happen next,” the source said, adding that Poletti had passed messages from her family on to Reiss.

Another diplomatic source said Reiss had been “interrogated, but not ill-treated.”

“She has a strong character and speaks good Persian. She has many friends in Iran as she has been staying here for a long time.”

via France 24 | French ambassador meets arrested teacher | France 24.

Iran: Esha Momeni freed

On November 10, after nearly a month in prison, Esha Momeni was released on $200,000 bail in the form of the deed to her parents’ home. The California State University student was visiting Tehran to conduct academic research on the Iranian women’s rights movement. Security officers arrested her during a traffic stop, seized her video tapes, and held her in solitary confinement since October 15 in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.

Momeni had been held for several weeks in solitary confinement. According to the deputy general prosecutor of Tehran, Momeni is charged with “propaganda against the state” Momeni is currently back at home with her family. However, her passport and travel documents are still in custody. Additionally, if Momeni is accused of violating bail, the government can take away her family’s home. There are unconfirmed reports today that Momeni is able to leave Iran until her court hearing.

via C.R.I.M.E. Report – November 18, 2008

Charged with propaganda against the State… Every totalitarian State has that clause as law.

Let’s hope Momeni can get back to USA without any other kind of harm…

Meanwhile there are US Congressmen who want to talk to Iran… This is no good…