Tuesday , 14 July 2020

Human rights

Iranian Authorities Confirm Man Was Executed for Drinking Alcohol

Iran Human Rights (IHR) – Iranian media confirm that a 51-year old man has been executed for drinking alcohol, asserting that his “repentance” had been rejected.  Noting this as one of the rare occasions that authorities have admitted to carrying out an execution for alcohol consumption in the last 40 years, the director of Iran Human Rights (IHR), Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, …

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Iran Guards Deny Suing Journalists For Army Interview Critical Of IRGC

Radiofarda – Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has denied Sunday suing five IRNA directors and journalists for publishing an interview with a senior Army general criticizing the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps, IRGC. IRNA is the Islamic Republic’s official news agency, run by President Hassan Rouhani’s administration. A pro-reformist journalist claimed Saturday that security agents confiscated some of the personal effects of the …

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How Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi was tortured to death 17 years ago

On this day 17 years ago, Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died under suspicious circumstances after being held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison for more than two weeks. Kazemi died after being tortured and raped, a doctor who examined her body later revealed. Kazemi was arrested on June 23, 2003, while taking pictures of prisoners’ families outside of Iran’s Evin prison. …

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Man Could Face Death Penalty For Participating November Iran Protests

Iran-HRM – Hossein Reyhani, a young man arrested during the November 2019 protests in Iran, has been sentenced for “corruption on earth”, a charge carrying the death sentence according to Iran’s Islamic Penal Code. Hossein Reyhani has been held in legal limbo at the Greater Tehran Penitentiary since he was arrested in December 2019. In a recent letter from prison, …

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Rouhani: Despite Rise in Iran’s COVID-19 Cases, Economy Must Stay Open

VOA – Iran’s economy must stay open despite a rise in the number of coronavirus infections, President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday. He called for a ban on large gatherings, such as at weddings and wakes, to limit the spread of the disease. Iran reported Saturday that in the previous 24 hours, there had been 2,397 new COVID-19 cases and 188 …

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Iran: Death Penalty for Protest-Related Charges

(HRW) – Iranian courts have reportedly issued or upheld at least four execution sentences since late June 2020 in connection to repeated protests against the deterioration of economic conditions and government corruption over the past two years, Human Rights Watch said today.These sentences have been issued on vaguely defined national security charges, and defendants have had restricted access to lawyers and alleged …

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Iran: Man executed for drinking alcohol

Amnesty – Following the Iranian judicial authorities’ confirmation that on 8 July, a man in the city of Mashhad was executed following repeated convictions for drinking alcohol, Diana Eltahawy, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director of Middle East and North Africa, said: “The Iranian authorities have once again laid bare the sheer cruelty and inhumanity of their judicial system by executing …

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Iranian Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentences for Three Protestors

Iran Human Rights (IHR) – The Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences of three detained protestors, Amirhossein Moradi, Saeed Tamjidi, and Mohammad Rajabi, arrested at the nationwide demonstrations last November. According to Iran Human Rights (IHR), the death sentences of Amirhossein Moradi, Saeed Tamjidi and Mohammad Rajabi, who have been held at the Greater Tehran Prison (Fashafuyeh), were upheld …

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