Executions / Life

March 26, 2014

Landmine Explosion in Non-Border Area Claims Another Life in Iran

Landmine Explosion in Non-Border Area Claims Another Life in Iran The explosion of a landmine in the Shahdad desert of Kerman Province has left one man dead and three others critically injured. This is the second incident in less than three months of a landmine explosion in a non-border area located in Iran's Lut Desert, at least 300 kilometers from the closest border with Pakistan.... read more
March 24, 2014

Former Political Prisoner Tells the UN of the Iranian Judiciary’s Lack of Independence

Former Political Prisoner Tells the UN of the Iranian Judiciary’s Lack of Independence "I have come here because as an Iranian citizen I, my family, and especially my brother, were treated unjustly. We were innocent from the very beginning. There are many like us in Iran's prisons who are innocent. I came here to be the voice of other innocent people," former political prisoner Hamid Ghassemi-Shaal said to the UN Human Rights Council before speaking to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran in Geneva.... read more
March 24, 2014

Cartoon 79: Nowruz 1393

Cartoon 79: Nowruz 1393 Last week Iranians around the world began their celebration of Nowruz, the Persian New Year. In this cartoon, along with the traditional Haft Sin table, Touka Neyestani has drawn the figure of Gohar Eshghi, the mother of Sattar Beheshti, the blogger who died under torture by his interrogators at Evin Prison, holding a picture of [...]... read more
March 17, 2014

UN Members Strongly Criticize Executions and Lack of Basic Freedoms in Iran

UN Members Strongly Criticize Executions and Lack of Basic Freedoms in Iran At Monday's meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed presented his report on the situation of human rights in Iran. Following his presentation, representatives of member countries, NGOs, and the Iranian delegation offered their responses.... read more
March 17, 2014

Shaheed Tells the UN Rights Council Deep Reforms Needed

Shaheed Tells the UN Rights Council Deep Reforms Needed Today, March 17, 2014, Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, officially presented his latest report to the UN Human Rights Council. Stating that he had met with representatives from the Iranian Judiciary and other government organizations in Geneva, Shaheed said, “the report before the Council demonstrates that [...]... read more
March 15, 2014

“Personal attacks on UN Officials Show Iranians Not Free to Express Opinions,” Says Ahmed Shaheed

“Personal attacks on UN Officials Show Iranians  Not Free to Express Opinions,” Says Ahmed Shaheed On Friday, March 14, 2014, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, held a press conference at the UN in Geneva to discuss his new report to the Human Rights Council. When asked about his opinion on the personal attacks made on him and the UN by [...]... read more
March 13, 2014

UN Rapporteur Slams Iran for Lack of Judiciary Independence and Execution Surge

UN Rapporteur Slams Iran for Lack of Judiciary Independence and Execution Surge Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, released his third report to the UN Human Rights Council today, emphasizing alarm over the surge in the number of executions, as well as lack of independence of the Iranian Judiciary. For his research the Special Rapporteur interviewed more than 130 [...]... read more
March 5, 2014

Javad Larijani: “Be Grateful” for Iran’s High Execution Rate

Javad Larijani: “Be Grateful” for Iran’s High Execution Rate Mohammad Javad Larijani, Head of the Iranian Judiciary's Human Rights Council, said on March 4 that Iran's increased execution rate is a positive marker of Iranian achievement. Instead of criticizing Iran for its increasing number of executions, he said, "our expectation of international organizations and the world is to be grateful for this great service to humanity."... read more
February 27, 2014

Kurdish Death Row Inmate Hospitalized After Prison Beating

Kurdish Death Row Inmate Hospitalized After Prison Beating Loghman Moradi was due to appear at Branch 74 of Tehran Province Criminal Court on February 23. That morning agents told him to put on prison clothes in order to be transferred to court. "Loqhman refused to wear prison clothes and said 'I am a political prisoner and I have the right to appear in court in regular clothes'," Eghbal Moradi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. ... read more
February 24, 2014

IRGC’s Basij Paramilitary Trains Special Battalions for Crackdown on Potential Protests

IRGC’s Basij Paramilitary Trains Special Battalions for Crackdown on Potential Protests In an interview with Dana Website, Mohammad Reza Touyserkani, the representative of the Supreme Leader inside the IRGC's Basij paramilitary organization, spoke of "special battalions" that have been formed inside the Basij to suppress civil and street protests.... read more
February 20, 2014

Stop Death Sentence in Inquisition Trial

Stop Death Sentence in Inquisition Trial The Iranian Judiciary must rescind the execution sentence of Rouhollah Tavana for trumped-up charges of “insulting the Prophet,” and stop issuing death sentences for ever-expanding categories of crimes, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.... read more
February 19, 2014

Iran Asks Pakistan for Help in Political Hostage Crisis

Iran Asks Pakistan for Help in Political Hostage Crisis The abduction of five Iranian border guards by a violent political group in Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan Province last week is growing beyond Iran's borders into an international issue.... read more