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UNHCR Condemns Floggings In Iran

Image result for iran floggingRFL/RE - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) has condemned the "outrageous" flogging of up to 35 young men and women in Iran last week after they were caught holding a graduation party together in Qazvin, north of Tehran.

According to official Iranian media, the students were arrested on May 26, interrogated and sentenced to 99 lashes each.

The UNHCR noted in a statement on May 31 that flogging is prohibited under international human rights law.

In its statement, the UNHCR said for Iranian authorities "to have meted out this cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment -- which could amount to torture -- is completely disproportionate and abhorrent."

The UNHCR said it was not an isolated incident.

It noted 17 mine workers were reportedly flogged in Western Azerbaijan Province in Iran earlier this month for protesting the dismissal of 350 workers at a gold mine.

The UNHCR said a woman was publicly flogged in April for having sexual relations outside marriage.

The Names of 32 Prisoners who Have Been Charged with Muharebeh

Abulghasem FooladvandHRANA News Agency – More than 70 political prisoners are kept in Rajaei Shahr and Evin prisons who have been charged withMuharebeh. Considering the recent changes in the penal code, they need to be re-tried. After a re-trial most of these prisoners are expected to be released. HRANA published the names of 32 prisoners of these two prisons who have been charged withMuharebeh.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), considering the fact that article 186 has been superseded, political prisoners with the charge of Muharebehneed to be re-tried. Therefore the names of 32 prisoners who are imprisoned in Evin and Rajaei Shahr prisons on this charge are being published by HRANA.

Article 186 of the Islamic penal code had implied, “If someone is following the goals of a party or armed group, under the condition that the leadership of the group still exists, and carry out effective actions in that regard (advocative or membership), he will be recognized as sacrilegious and will receive related punishments”.

The article 288 that superseded article 186 implies, “A group that commits armed actions against the Islamic Republic of Iran’s government is recognized as rebel and in case of using weapons, their members will be sentenced to death”.

Previously a group of political prisoners published a letter, and discussed the changes of law and analyzed it from religious and legal perspectives. This letter was supported by two well-known lawyers, Abdulfattah Soltani and Mohammad Saif Zadeh.

Mohammad Moghimi, lawyer and human rights activist, told HRANA’s reporter in this regard, “The pressure of public opinion and human rights organizations should provide the foundation of implementation of this new law, that would result in release of these defendants”.

Previously HRANA had published the names of 27 death row Sunni prisoners.

The list includes the name, family name, year of arrest and verdict of each prisoners respectively:

Rajaei Shahr prison:

Mohammad Nazari, 1993, life time prison

Khaled Freydooni, 1998, life time prison

Omar Faghihpoor, 1998, life time prison

Khaled Hardani, 2000, life time prison

Farhang Poormansour, 2000, life time prison

Shahram Poormansour, 2000, life time prison

Saeid Masoori, 2000, life time prison

Afshin Baymani, 2000, life time prison

Hamzeh Savari, 2005, life time prison

Jafar Eghdami, 2007, 10 years in prison

Pirouz Mansouri, 2007, 18 years in prison

Saleh Kohandel, 2007, 10 years in prison

Hasan Sadeghi, 2015, 15 years in prison

Abulghasem Fooladvand, 2013, 15 years in prison

Hasan Ashtiani, 2013, 15 years in prison

Ramazan Ahmad Kamal, 2008, 10 years in prison

Mohammad Akramipoor, 2013, 15 years in prison

Paiman Arefi, 2009, 15 years in prison

Ahmad Karimi, 2009, 15 years in prison

Zanyar Moradi, 2008, death

Loghman Moradi, 2008, death

Hooshang Rezaei, 2010, death

Evin prison:

Ahmad Daneshpoor Moghadam, 2009, death

Mohsen Daneshpoor Moghadam, 2009, death

Ali Zahed, 2008, life time prison

Hadi Ghaemi, 2009, 15 years in prison

Raihaneh Haj Ibrahim Dabagh, 2009, 15 years in prison

Maryam Akbari Monfared, 2009, 15 years in prison

Fatemeh Mosanna, 2013, 15 years in prison

Sadigheh Moradi, 2013, 10 years in prison

Behnaz Zakeri Ansari, 2012, 10 years in prison

Zahra Zehtabchi, 2013, 12 years in prison

Activist Imprisoned and Tortured Without Access to a Lawyer for Shouting “Death to Khamenei”

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iranhumanrights - Labor activist Mehdi Farahi Shandiz, imprisoned for shouting "death to [Ali] Khamenei," Iran's supreme leader, is being unlawfully held in Rajaee Shahr Prison's

Ailing Political Prisoner, Denied Legal Counsel and Medical Care, Sentenced to 39 Years in Prison


iranhumanrights - Alireza Golipour, imprisoned in Iran since 2012 on national security charges and denied access to a lawyer until May 2016, has been sentenced to more than 39 years

Two Prisoners Hanged in Southern Iran

Two Prisoners Hanged in Southern Iran - Two prisoners were reportedly hanged in Shiraz (Fars province, southern Iran) on Tuesday May 24.According to the human rights news agency,

Iran: 17 Prisoners Executed in Alborz Province

Iran: 17 Prisoners Executed in Alborz Province - According to Iran Human Rights (IHR) sources, 17 prisoners were executed in two different prisons in the city of Karaj (west of Tehran) on May 24 and 25.IHR had

Imprisoned Physicist Given Two-Week Medical Furlough After Losing Cancerous Kidney


iranhumanrights - Imprisoned physicist Omid Kokabee has been granted a two-week medical furlough upon payment of five billion rials ($164,000 USD) bail,

Iran Must End State Persecution of Baha’is, Say Exiled Iranian Political Figures


iranhumanrights - In the wake of the intense criticism by Iranian officials and religious leaders of Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Kurdish Political Prisoner in Iran on Hunger Strike to Protest New Charges

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iranhumanrights - Mohammad Sediq Kaboudvand, a prominent Kurdish human rights activist who is in his ninth year of incarceration at Tehran's Evin Prison,

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