Iran: Another political prisoner in danger of execution

24 May 2006 3510 Hits

Valiollah Feiz-Mahdavi
Stop Fundamentalism, May 24 – Mr. Valiollah Feiz-Mahdavi, a 28 year old, long time political prisoner, has disappeared from the Gohar-Dasht prison near Karaj in Iran, internal human rights activists from Iran report. 

The guards have reportedly removed Mahdavi from his cell taking him to an known place.  When faced with his cellmates asking about his whereabouts, the guards answer that he was taken to the section 5 where the other political prisoners are kept.

After many hours passed, Mr. Mahdavi has not been transferred to section 5 yet and no one know about his situation.

EU regrets Iran regime's non-compliance

20 May 2006 2806 Hits

Iran human rightsStop Fundamentalism, Strasbourg, May 16 - The Council of the European Union adopted conclusions on Iran following its meeting on Monday, May 15.

The Council expressed deep regrets for the failure of the Iranian regime to take the steps deemed essential by the IAEA Board and the UN Security Council as well as their threats to maintain this failure into the future.

Another Public Execution in Iran

07 April 2006 3968 Hits

The main victims of public executions in Iran are teens and young adults whose ages range between 18 through 25.

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Stop Fundamentalism - Reports from news agencies and Iranian sources indicate that a man identified only by his first name ‘Mohammed’ has been the latest victim of public execution in Iran.

The execution took place on April 5 in the city of Bam, the scene of the devastating earthquake of December 2003.

The man was convicted of murdering another man in 2005, authorities say.

The execution brings the total number of people executed in Iran in 2006 to 30 according to France Press News Agency.

Public executions in Iran are used as means of controlling the ever growing public dissent especially amongst the youth in Iran.  Therefore, the main victims of these public executions are teens and young adults whose ages range between 18 through 25.

Currently, there are at least two young women in Iran on death row.  Delara Darabi 19, and Nazanin 18, both committed their crimes when they were under 18.

Another Political Prisoner on Death Row

29 March 2006 3860 Hits

Valiollah Feiz-MahdaviAccording to sources in Iran, the prison officials in Gohardash, west of Tehran, have notified a political prisoner that he will be executed on May 6.

Mr. Valiollah Feiz-Mahdavi was notified of his execution on March 24, sources say.

Another prisoner of conscience, Hojjat Zamani, was hanged in Gohardasht Prison on February 7. Zamani, 31 at the time he was hanged, had undergone severe physical and psychological torture to break his morale and compel him to express remorse and surrender.

In February, the human rights group Amnesty International announced that it had “grave concern” about the “alarming rate” of executions in Iran, in particular highlighting the cases of a number of political prisoners, several of whom are on death row.

“Hojjat Zamani’s execution has fuelled fears that other political prisoners may be at risk of imminent execution,” Amnesty International said.

The rights group said that there had been reports circulating since the start of February that “a number of political and other prisoners who are under death sentence have been told by prison officials that they would be executed if Iran should be referred to the UN Security Council over the resumption of its nuclear program.”

Afghan testing freedom of religion

28 March 2006 4652 Hits

Stop Fundamentalism, March 27, 2006 – News from Afghan and international news agencies indicate the release of a man who converted from Islam to Christianity, 15 years ago, who was facing a death sentence issued by the state court in Afghanistan. 

Even after his release, the man, Abdul Rahman 41, father of two, is now condemned to leave his country and live in exile for the rest of his life.  To be free, apparently his lawyers had to claim for him to be unfit to stand trial due to mental illness.  Rahman has denied any mental issues.

The release is widely expected to end a trial that has caused international concern over freedom of religion in Afghanistan, but has also become a rallying point for Islamic hard-liners and fundamentalists.

Public Executions in South Iran

04 March 2006 4647 Hits

The Iranian regime publicly hanged two opponents, Ali Afravi and Mehdi Navaseri, Wednesday March 1, 2006, for alleged bombing in the southern city of Ahwaz.

A crowd consisting of members of the Revolutionary Guards and paramilitary Basij forces gathered at the scene of this public execution and chanted rhetoric against the US, UK, and the Israel, according to a report.  The trial of the two prisoners did not meet minimum international standards.

The two victims were brought on television the night before their execution to confess.  Their confessions, obviously dictated to them by regime officials, were ambiguous such as being in contact with Canada and United States.

Although not much is known about these two victims, from their TV interview it seems obvious that they were political activists or at least they were charged with such crimes.

Besides the above, there were many reports of executions and public executions in Iran.  The victims were all under the age of 30

Ruz, a state-run daily, reported that last month, the regime’s Judiciary issued more than 30 death sentences. 

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