Six death sentences, including three stoning and two executions in one week

29 December 2005 3131 Hits
Six death sentences, including three stoning and two executions in one week
Thursday, 29 December 2005 

The Iranian state-run news agency IRNA reported on December 28 the public hangings of two men in Ahwaz (southwestern of Iran). They were identified as “Naim Abdoullah Kh.” (a.k.a. Rahim) and “Jalil H.”, had been condemned to death on charges of “warring against God” by the Ahwaz Revolutionary Court.

The clerical regime’s judiciary also issued a death sentence for a 22 year-old woman according to the Etemad daily on December 25. The daily Joumhouri also reported that three men were each given two death sentences by hanging and one death by stoning sentence in the northern Iranian province of Mazandaran.

Iran Bans Western Music on State Media

20 December 2005 3142 Hits
Iran Bars Western Music on State MediaLos Angeles Times

TEHRAN — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has barred all Western music from state radio and TV stations, partially reviving a ban imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, when popular music was outlawed as un-Islamic under Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

In recent years it had become common to hear hip-hop blaring from car radios in Tehran's streets, and songs by Western pop stars such as Eric Clapton and the Eagles often accompanied Iranian broadcasts.

UN censures Iran's human rights violations

19 December 2005 3228 Hits
United Nations LogoLondon, Dec. 17 - The United Nations General Assembly adopted on Friday a resolution censuring widespread human rights violations in Iran.

The Assembly expressed its serious concern over the continuing harassment, intimidation and persecution of human rights defenders, non-governmental organisations, political opponents, religious dissenters, journalists, and students through undue restrictions on freedoms of assembly, press and expression, arbitrary arrests, as well as the disqualification of large numbers of prospective candidates during the June 2005 presidential elections.


13 December 2005 3262 Hits
IRAN: APPEAL FOR NO MORE JUVENILE EXECUTIONSTehran, 13 Dec. (AKI) - After receiving numerous allegations that juveniles have been executed in Iran over the past year, a United Nations rights expert is calling on the country’s government not to carry out the death penalty against Rostam Tajik, a 20-year-old Afghan national who was only 16 when he is alleged to have committed murder.

"Executing a juvenile offender is not the way to mark December 10, which is International Human Rights Day," said Philip Alston, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions of the UN Commission on Human Rights.

Abuse 'widespread' in Iraqi prisons

07 December 2005 4516 Hits
A US military doctor says US troops intervene when they can, but Iraqis run the jails.

By Dan Murphy | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

Abuse 'widespread' in Iraqi prisonsBAGHDAD AND CAIRO – After a US raid on a secret Iraqi government jail last month revealed some detainees were tortured and abused there, Interior Minister Bayan Jabr insisted abuse claims were exaggerated and that torture will not be tolerated in the new Iraq.

US soldiers and some Iraqi officials disagree. They say not only is prisoner abuse widespread, but that much of it is carried out by Mr. Jabr's subordinates. Efforts to bring the problem under control during the past year have largely been frustrated by indifference from senior Iraqi officials, they say.


Iran to hang Afghan youth for crime committed as minor

06 December 2005 4711 Hits
Iran to hang Afghan youth for crime committed as minorTehran, Iran, Dec. 06 – A young Afghan man is set to be executed on Saturday for a crime he committed as a minor, a semi-official daily reported on Tuesday.

Rostam Tajik, 20 years old, will be hanged in public in the central Iranian city of Isfahan, the hard-line daily Kayhan wrote.

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