Agence France Presse,
human rights abuses in Iran
Oct. 28, Strasbourg
European Parliament expressed alarm Thursday at the deterioration in the
area of human rights in Iran, in particular those relating to press freedom
and the death penalty.
"The situation in Iran with regard to the exercise
of key civil rights and political freedom has deteriorated since the parliamentary
elections of February this year despite commitments on the part of the
government of Iran to promoting these universal values," according
to a motion passed by the parliament.
"The National Security Council and the office of
the public prosecutor are increasingly intervening directly with the press
to influence the content of the reported news," it said.
The parliamentarians drew attention to the cases of eight
journalists working for the electronic media, imprisoned for unknown reasons
at an undisclosed location.
Websites -- "the Iranian public's only remaining
means of access to uncensored information"-- were increasingly censored
by the religious authorities, they said.
The parliamentarians said they were "appalled at
the public hanging" two months ago of a 16-year-old girl. They noted
that 25 minors had been sentenced to death in the past year.
They said they were deeply worried by the sentence of
death by stoning passed on a 13-year old girl, Zhila Izadi, pregnant by
her 15-year-old brother, himself sentenced to 150 lashes.
Death sentences and Executions
sentences in Isfahan, Jiroft
Jomhouri Islami daily, Oct. 1 – Two death sentences
were upheld by the Supreme Court. The head of Isfahan’s Criminal
Justice Complex said, “The death sentences for Mehrzad Vajeb Al-Hoquq
and Hamidreza in Isfahan were upheld by the Supreme Court and they will
be hanged on Monday and Tuesday of this week.
Jomhouri Islami daily, Oct. 2 – Death sentences
were issued for two people in Jiroft.
Execution in Ahwaz
Jomhouri Islami daily, Oct. 2, Tehran – According
to the report of the Information and public relations office of the Justice
Department of Khuzistan province, Hamid K. was executed on Wednesday,
September 29, in Golestan Blvd, Kudak square in the city of Ahwaz.
Execution and a death sentence
Khorassan daily, Oct. 3 – Tarham Lotfi Ajirlou,
resident of Qa’em Shahr, was hanged Sunday October 3 in public.
A 25 year old young man in Torbat Heydarieh received the
Five more executed in Iran
Agence France Presse, Oct. 5, Tehran - Four Iranian men
have been hanged in the northern province of Mazandaran, reports said
In addition, the student news agency ISNA reported that
another man was hanged in public on Sunday in the town of Ghaemshahr.
Four more death sentences
Sharq daily, Oct. 7, Iran – A young man is sentenced
Hamshahri daily, Oct. 7, Iran – A young woman is
sentenced to death by the Supreme Court, her execution will be carried
out on October, 13.
Hamshahri daily, Oct. 6, Iran – The Supreme Court
upheld the death sentences of two young men which will take place soon.
The two men by the names of Majid and Mujtaba are sentenced to hanging
AI: Imminent execution of a woman
Amnesty International, Oct. 8 - Fatemeh Haghighat-Pajouh
has reportedly been sentenced to death for the murder of her husband,
who allegedly tried to rape her 15 year old daughter.
She is reportedly at risk of imminent execution.
Death sentences for woman, two men in Tehran
Sharq daily, Oct. 9 - Death sentences were issued for
two men and a woman in Tehran. Fatemeh, Arash and Abbass will be executed
in the Evin prison on Wednesday.
Man hanged in Ahwaz
Agence France Presse, Oct. 10, Tehran - An Iranian man,
only identified as Mohammad D., was publicly hanged in the southern city
of Ahwaz, the official news agency IRNA reported.
Tehran forced to postpone death decree for woman
Radio Farda, Oct. 11 - Following the international community's
protest to the execution of Fatemeh Haghighat Pajouh, the Iranian judiciary
was forced to step back and postpone her death decree.
Two more sentenced to death in Iran
Jomhouri Islami daily, Oct. 12 - Death sentences have
been issued for two people in Tehran and Roudbar. These two people are
Abbass Ali S. and Aziz M.
Woman sentenced to death
Sharq daily, Oct. 13 – A 28-year-old woman by the
name of Fatemeh was sentenced to death in the 71st branch of Tehran province's
Two people hanged in Evin Prison
Etemad daily, Oct. 14 – Two people on death row
in Evin Prison were sent to the gallows and hanged yesterday morning.
One of them was a young man named Arash and the other was a middle-aged
man named Abbas.
Two more executions in Shiraz
AFP, Oct. 15 - Two men have been publicly hanged in the
southern Iranian city of Shiraz, the official news agency IRNA said Thursday.
The two men were identified as Mojtaba Amiri and Aziz Mardani.
Three teenagers on death row
Hamshahri, Oct. 17 – The Supreme Court upheld the
death sentences issued for three teenagers. Five other teenagers are waiting
in disciplinary centers until their execution sentences are approved.
13-year-old’s stoning sentence revoked
Radio Farda, Oct. 17 – Iran retreated from its stoning
sentence of a 13-year-old girl in Marivan. According to an official news
agency, the accused girl is sentenced to “prison with physical punishment.”
Stoning sentence for a woman and death sentence for a
Aftab daily, Oct. 19, Iran – Iran's Supreme Court
upheld the stoning sentence of a woman by the name of Sima and execution
of a man by the name of Mohammad Reza.
Five people hanged
Kayhan daily, Oct. 19 - Five people were hanged in Sari
and Qazvin. Those hanged in the city of Sari were identified as Mohammad
Reza, Hamid Reza, Hossein and Reza.
Two executions in Tehran
Iran daily, Oct. 23 – The sentences for execution
of two male youngsters were issued.
Two death sentences
Iran daily, Oct. 23 – The case of Hatam Gorgi's
death sentence has been referred to Tehran's public prosecutor's office
that is in charge of carrying out the sentences. Hatam will go to the
gallows soon. The sentence of a young woman by the name of Akram has also
25-year-old to be sent to the gallows
Etemad daily, Oct. 24 – The sentence for a 25-year-old
man has been upheld. This young man will soon be hanged.
Young man sent to death
Etemad daily, Oct. 26 – An Iranian court sentenced
a young man by the name of Mehdi to death and another man by the name
of Alireza to 15 years imprisonment.
Tortures and inhumane punishments
in central Iran for rioting
Agence France Presse, Oct. 3, Tehran - Scores of people
were arrested last week in the central Iranian cities of Isfahan and Kashan
when rioting broke out after a religious celebration, an official source
According to an official in the Isfahan governor general's
office, police detained 70 people in the historic city on Thursday after
they "vandalised a number of charity donation boxes and traffic lights".
The official told AFP that seven people were detained
on Friday in the city of Kashan after several hundred young people took
to the streets.
Amputation of a young man's hand
Jomhouri Islami daily, Oct. 16 - The Supreme Judge upheld
the sentence to amputate the right hand of a young man by the name of
Hamid H. It was carried out in public at 8 am in Ahwaz's Sheelang Abad
region across from the Ahwaz-Khoramshahr highway in public in the city
Imprisonment and flogging of two men
Jomhouri Islami, Oct. 23 – Two men by the names
of Jalil N. and Ali N. are sentenced to one year imprisonment with torture
and 50 whips.
Girls and boys arrested for throwing a party
Kayhan daily, Oct. 24, Rasht – Twenty girls and
boys were arrested in a party in Rasht. The 110 Special State Security
Force arrested eight girls and 12 boys while dancing and celebrating.
13 year old schoolgirl facing death by stoning flogged
Iran Focus, Oct. 30, Tehran - Zhila Izadyar, the 13-year-old
schoolgirl from the Iranian town of Marivan (north-western Iran) who is
sentenced to be stoned to death is reported to be in poor health after
she was lashed 55 times in prison.
Azad Zamani of the Society for the Protection of Children’s
Rights has said that Zhila’s health has been rapidly deteriorating.
Zamani has managed to visit Zhila although under close
supervision of the Iranian regime’s agents. Zamani stated that Zhila
said, “I am scared; I want to go home; I want to be able to go back
to school like other kids”.
Gilan's news reporter detained
Hambastegi website, Oct. 8 - Reporters without Borders
issued a statement on October 7 and announced that Arash Sigarchi, a reporter
from the Gilan Today newspaper had been detained for publishing a picture
of the ceremony marking the anniversary of the victims of the 1988 massacre
in Khavaran Cemetery. The reporter was summoned by the Department of Intelligence
in Rasht and taken under interrogation.
Crackdown on Internet
journalists in Iran
Reuters, Oct. 13, Tehran -- Iranian authorities have arrested
at least six Internet journalists and webloggers in recent days, colleagues
and relatives say, in a further blow to limited press freedoms in the
News-based Internet sites and online journals known as
Weblogs have flourished in Iran where the disproportionately youthful
population often turns to the Internet for information and entertainment.
The hardline judiciary's muzzling of print media through the closure of
some 100 publications in the last four years also meant the Internet became
a haven for liberal journalists seeking a place to write.
Journalists and relatives named the six arrested journalists
and Webloggers as Shahram Rafizadeh, Babak Ghafouri-Azar, Rouzbeh Amir-Ebrahimi,
Hanif Mazroui, Omid Memarian and Mostafa Derayati.
"We do not know where they are being held. We heard
they have been kept in solitary confinement," said a relative of
one of the detainees, who asked not to be named.
Minister who converted from Islam risks Death Penalty
Asia News, Oct. 18, Tehran - Hamid Pourmand is a Protestant
minister of the Assemblies of God Church. He converted from Islam several
years ago. Since September he has been held in prison at an undisclosed
location and under Iranian law he can be put to death for "apostasy
The September raid against the council of the Assemblies
of God comes in the wake of several arrests of Christians in northern
Iran in May and June.
In July 1994, Mehdi Dibaj, another minister of the Assemblies
of God Church who was also a convert from Islam, was killed after spending
nine years in prison for refusing to abjure his Christian faith and return
150 people arrested in Shiraz
Iran Focus, Oct. 25, Tehran - At least 150 people have
been arrested over the past two days in the southern city of Shiraz in
the latest crackdown by agents of the State Security Forces (SSF), local
residents reported. Eyewitnesses said that dozens of people, mostly youth,
were arrested on the streets for their “un-Islamic attire”.
A large number of people were reportedly arrested for “acting as
a nuisance”. A young man was arrested for “eating in public”
in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan according to friends accompanying
Imprisonment and flogging of a student
News Network, Oct. 26 - A student by the name of Soroush
Farhadian was sentenced to one year prison, five years of suspended imprisonment,
40 lashes and payment of one million rials for distributing a declaration
calling for boycott of the seventh Majlis elections.
Iran bans footballers with ponytails
Reuters, Oct. 28, Tehran - Iran has banned soccer players
from sporting ponytails and sculpted beards as part of a campaign to prevent
the spread of Western culture in the Islamic state, a soccer federation
official says. The federation said on Thursday those who defied the order
ran the risk of being banned from the game. "Soccer players with
ponytails, hair-band and sculpted beards will be banned from playing or
will be fined," Navid Majd, head of the federation's public relations
office, told Reuters.
RSF deplores crackdown on press
Reporters Without Borders, Oct. 29 - Reporters Without
Borders today deplored the arrest of Iranian journalist Fereshteh Ghazi,
of the daily Etemad ("Confidence"), for working with reformist
Internet news websites and expressed alarm at reports that the intelligence
services were preparing to accuse her and five other imprisoned journalists
of "adultery" in a bid to hide the political nature of their
The five other imprisoned journalists - Javad Gholam Tamayomi,
Omid Memarian, Shahram Rafihzadeh, Hanif Mazroi and Rozbeh Mir Ebrahimi
- are expected to be accused of having sex with her. Some of them are
said to have been forced to sign confessions. Such accusations by the
authorities are common against political prisoners in Iran.
Iran women forced to stay home for German soccer
Reuters, Oct 6, Tehran - Iran's female soccer fans will
be forced to watch a Saturday night friendly against Germany on television
after authorities upheld a ban on Iranian women attending stadiums.
Iran's Football Federation said German women could attend
the match but barred Iranian women, many of whom are the Islamic country's
most passionate fans, often flooding streets after victories to blow whistles
and brandish flags.
"Women are not allowed to be present at the stadium
for Saturday's match, with an exception for family members from the German
embassy," federation spokesman Shahram Vaziri said.
High drug addiction among Iran youth
Etemad daily, Oct. 11 - Over three million Iranian students
are drug addicts.
Deputy Director of Tehran’s Education Department
says the average age of addiction has plunged to 13 in Iran. He said girls
are more in danger of addiction, because they are in worse psychological
Children in prisons
Sharq daily, Oct. 25 – There are presently 18 children
under two years old in Evin, Raja’ii Shahr and Varamin prisons in
Tehran Province. Across the country, 210 children under two years of age
are spending time in prison beside their mothers.
High suicide rate in Iran
Iran Focus, Oct. 25,
Tehran – The head of the coordination center of Iran’s security
forces Mohammad Rouyanian, stated in his interview with ILNA yesterday
that from the start of the Iranian calendar 1,600 suicides were reported
throughout the country. Iran has one of the highest suicide counts in
the world and experts blame it on poverty and depression associated with
government crackdown on the population.
Courtesy of CSRI and
Executions by hanging are carried out in Islamic Republic of ayatollahs in accordance with the Islamic "eye-for-an-eye" law of retribution, otherwise known as "qesas".