Iran to continue execution of minors

20 February 2006

minor Execution
Iran to continue execution of minors
February 20, 2006, Tehran, Iran (Stop Fundamentalism) – A judge at Tehran’s Appellate Court announced on Saturday that the Islamic Republic would continue to issue death sentences for juvenile delinquents “without any consideration.”

“Execution sentences will be issued to minors without considering other options,” Ahmad Mozaffari told the state-run news agency ILNA after Iranian courts issued execution sentences to a 15 year old and a 16 year old.

One minor was sentenced to execution recently, despite the fact that examination by a government-appointed physician showed that he was suffering from a psychiatric disorder.

One teenage boy, only identified by his first name Mohammad, was originally sentenced by the Supreme Court to serve five years behind bars. An appellate court, however, raised his sentence to death by hanging.

New Government Fails to Address Human Rights

Nima Sharif 17 February 2006

Amnesty International report on iranFebruary 17, 2006 (Stop Fundamentalism) - On February 16, Amnesty International released a new report about Iran under the new government of Ahmadinejad. In this report Amnesty expresses concerns that the standoff between Iran and the West may distract attention from this country’s human rights abuse record.

"The Iranian government should take concrete steps to improve the human rights situation in the country," said Amnesty International. "The current standoff regarding the country's nuclear program must not distract the government or the international community from addressing the country's long-standing human rights problems."

”Harassment, intimidation, attacks, detention, imprisonment and torture of activists and journalists has continued under the new government.”

Amnesty International

Before the referral of Iran’s nuclear case to the United Nations Security Council, government jail officials warned families of political prisoners that their loved ones will be executed if and when the file was sent to the Security Council. Iranian mullahs say that the whistle on their nuclear activities was blown by the Iranian opposition so they should take revenge by executing political prisoners.

Last week a longtime political prisoner, Hojjat Zamani, disappeared from a government jail. After a few days the families of Mr. Zamani were told that he had been executed.  Jail officials, after one week, still refuse to return his body to the family.

Iran executes dissident

15 February 2006

Execution of Hojjat ZamaniFebruary 15, 2006, London (Stop Fundamentalism) - To our sorrows, we have received credible news from internal sources that Iran’s theocratic regime has in fact executed Mr. Hojjat Zamani,

Mr. Zamni was a political prisoner whose case received international attention by many organizations including Amnesty International.  Many of the visitors of this website signed a petition last year calling for his immediate release.

During the past few weeks, Iran’s regime, under internal and international pressure for its nuclear ambitions, has escalated torture and pressure on political prisoners.

Iran: mass execution of political prisoners after the Security Council referral

Stop Fundamentalism 13 February 2006

Hojjat Zamani Execution
"Prisoner of conscience" By Sala
February 13, 2006, Tehran (Stop Fundamentalism) - International observers warn of imminent danger of mass executions of political prisoners in Iran after the referral of this countries nuclear dossier to the U.N. Security Council.

According to internal reports, Iranian officials have warned the families of political prisoners that if Iran was sent to the Security Council by the IAEA, all prisoners will be executed.

“In 1967, after the Iran-Iraq war and the defeat of Ayatollahs in that war, thousands of political prisoners were executed,” the Farsi language program of Voice of America reported Tuesday February 9th.

Reports indicate that some prisoners including 31 year old Hojjat Zamani, have disappeared since last Monday.

Hojjat’s family has not been able to locate him yet and they say they are very worried about his life.

In 2003, Hojjat zamani escaped from the Evin prison, but was extradited to Iran by the Turkish police. His two brothers have been executed by the Iranian government before.

Iran invites Blair to anti-Holocaust conference

30 January 2006
Tehran, Iran, Jan. 30 (Stop Fundamentalism) – Iran invited British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Sunday to an anti-Holocaust conference it plans to hold, the state-run ISNA news agency reported.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi told reporters during his weekly press conference, “I think that it would be good if Mr. Blair takes part in the seminar on the Holocaust in Tehran. Of course, he can make the case in support of the Holocaust and at the same time hear the points of views that he cannot listen to there”.

Amnesty International: End child executions

25 January 2006
AI call on Iran to end child execution
AI call on Iran to end child execution
“In 2005 alone, at least eight executions of child offenders were recorded”. (AI)

January 25, 2006 (Stop Fundamentalism) – The human rights group called on Iran to end the execution of child offenders after death sentences were handed down to two teenage girls for crimes they allegedly committed when they minors.

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