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Iran Authorities Hang 5 Prisoners in One Day in Karaj

IranIran Human Rights - On the morning of Tuesday November 24, five prisoners charged with murder were reportedly hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison.

According to confirmed sources, earlier in the week, Iranian authorities transferred ten prisoners with murder charges from their cells n Rajai Shahr to solitary confiment in preparation for their executions. The five prisoners executed were among these ten.The other five prisoners were able to receive a reprieve from the plaintiffs on their case files and were returned to their cells.

According to sources, the names of the five executed prisoners are: Mohammad Beigi Mohammadi, Mohammad Hajilou, Ali Shahi, Saeed Najafi, and Farshad Haghi.

Iranian official sources, including news media and judicial authorities, have been silent on these five executions.


Image result for SALAR SHADIZADIAmnesty - Juvenile offender Salar Shadizadi has been rescheduled for execution on Saturday 28 November, despite the prohibition on the use of the death penalty against juvenile offenders under international law and standards, and his right to be granted a re-trial under Iran's own domestic law.

Iranian Journalist's One-Year Prison Sentence and Two-Year Ban on Media Upheld - The journalist Rayhaneh Tabatabaie, 35, has been informed that the Appeals Court has approved her one-year prison sentence and two-year ban on political and media activities issued in November 2014 by Judge Salavati.

A source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the charge of "propaganda against the state" against Tabatabaie was based on her Facebook posts that were critical of the government, as well as her activities in the Young Reformists Election Headquarters, a group formed in 2013 to promote the election of Hassan Rouhani to the presidency. She was also accused of causing religious tensions by interviewing prominent Sunni figures such as Mowlavi Abdolhamid, the Friday Prayer Leader of the city of Zahedan.

The decision takes place within a context of an intensifying crackdown on journalists and reformists in Iran, and a particular targeting of any dissent expressed on social media platforms. Hardliners are seeking to maintain their domestic dominance in the wake of the nuclear deal reached by the more moderate Rouhani administration. They are concerned reformist forces will gain electoral strength in the Parliamentary elections coming in February 2016.

Tabatabaie has worked for several reformist newspapers such as Bahar, Kalameh Sabz, and Shargh. She was first arrested in November 2010 by the Revolutionary Guards and sentenced to a year in prison, which was later reduced to six months by the Appeals Court, on charges related to publishing news about the opposition Green Movement.

The Green Movement arose out of the 2009 presidential election in Iran. Widespread protests over the disputed results of those elections were followed by a violent state crackdown and the arrest of hundreds, dozens of which remain in prison. Those events are still a sensitive topic in Iran, with hardliners referring to all those connected to the Green Movement as "seditionists."

Tabatabaie was summoned to Evin Prison on June 21, 2014, to begin serving her six-month sentence at the facility's Women's Ward.

While she was serving her sentence in 2014, the new case was opened against the journalist and she was put on trial again a month after her release in November 2014. The one-year prison sentence and two-year ban on political and media activities, which has now been upheld by the Appeals Court, stems from this case.

Filmmaker among those arrested in recent sweeps

Mohammad-NourizadRadiozamaneh - Mohammad Nourizad, an Iranian filmmaker and activist, was arrested on the morning of Saturday November 23 in front of his home, according to reports from Iran.

Nourizad was on his way to the Dena Tyre store, where families of political prisoners and other activists gather each Monday to demand the release of prisoners.


The report indicates another eight people were also arrested prior to the gathering, including Davood Nemati and Zartosht Ahmadi.
The activists also gather on Saturdays in front of Evin Prison. This Saturday, a group of the protesters was also arrested in front of Evin Prison.

Nourizad had reported about the arrest of the protesters on Saturday on his Facebook page.

Iranian Authorities Hang Five Prisoners Including Afghan Citizen

Iranian Authorities Hang Five Prisoners Including Afghan CitizenIran Human Rights - According to confirmed sources, Iranian authorities have executed at least five prisoners in the span of four days.

Close sources and the human rights group HRANA report that three prisoners were hanged by Iranian authorities on Wednesday November 18 at Zahedan Central Prison (Sistan & Baluchestan) for alleged drug related offenses. The names of the prisoners have been reported as Hassan Doroiee Moghaddam, Morteza Lakzaie, and Nazir Ahmad Reigi. A confirmed source who asked to be anonymous tells IHR: "Nazir Ahmad Reigi is an Afghan citizen who was held in prison for six years prior to his execution."

According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network, two prisoners were hanged at Miandoab Prison (West Azerbaijan). One of the prisoners has been identified as Ali Latini, a man who was sentenced to death for an alleged drug related offense. No confirmed information is available about the other prisoner.

Official Iranian sources have been silent on these five executions.

Iranian Journalist Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Her Facebook Posts

payvand - The journalist Solmaz Ikdar has been sentenced to three years in prison for "insulting the Supreme Leader"

Protesters detained outside Evin Prison questioned at various locations


radiozamaneh - A number of protesters were arrested by Islamic Republic authorities on Saturday November 21

Iran Sentences US Journalist to Prison in Espionage Case

The Associated Press

voanews - Iran said Sunday it has sentenced detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian

Imprisoned Azerbaijani Journalist Honored

Khadija Ismayilova - (Geneva) – An imprisoned Azerbaijani journalist will be honored on November 19, 2015,

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