Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Iran: pressure

The juvenile offender Behnood Shojaee is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday.
Shojaee killed another boy when he was 17-year-old.
His execution has been halted several times, mainly due to the attention his case got internationally.

Azerbaijan human rights activist and journalist Shahnaz Gulami went on hungerstrike in the Tabriz prison from December 19. The cause of the hunger strike is her illegal arrest.
In November of 2008 the Tabriz Revolutionary Court sentenced Shahnaz Gulami to 6 months in prison charging her with holding a propaganda against the state.
From 1999 until 2003 Gulami was held in jail for her political activity, in 2006 she was impsisoned for a month due to participation in protests against publication of a caricature, humiliating Azerbaijanis,in an Iran newspaper.

An Iranian policecommander says the authorities have carried out a 'crushing blow' against the Jundullah group. According to him, in the last 3 months 16 members of the group and the brother of the leader have been killed. He pleaded, according to Mehrnews, to stop at nothing until the terrorist group is disbanded in Iran.
A report by Arabic website Nahrainnet claimed that Saudi Arabian intelligence agencies had helped Jundullah in the abduction of Iranian police officers.

Fars newsagency reported that 14 members of a group from Sistan-e-Baluchestan in a country bordering Iran, handed over their weapons and explosives and have requested forgiveness through mediators.The agency did not report what group the terrorists are connected to.
The major groups in Iran are Jundullah and the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), which is based in Camp Ashraf, Iraq.
The Iraqi government, however, has ordered the main members of the MKO currently residing in Iraq to leave the country.
"Staying in Iraq is not an option for them," Baghdad said in a Sunday statement.

On the occasion of Eid al-Ghadir the Supreme Leader of Iran, ayatollah Khamenei granted amnesty to prisoners. Based on article 110 of the Constitution has the Head of Justice, Hashemi Shahroudi handed over a list of 1874 prisoners.
Article 110 grants the Leader the possibility of pardoning or reducing the sentences of convicts, within the framework of Islamic criteria.

Physicians for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, en The Harvard Friends of Alaeis, call in a joint statement to the Iranian government for the immediate release of Dr. Arash Alaei and Dr. Kamiar Alaei.
Both physicians are detained since June 2008. They are known worldwide as HIV/AIDS physicians.
Last month it was known that they are suspected of communicating with an "enemy government".
The brothers have already been detained two months longer than Iranian penal code allows. They are also legally eligible for bail, but the judge in the case has not issued bail nor held a bail hearing.

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.
Poster amnesty.nl

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