Saturday, January 03, 2009

Iran: transfers

The state broadcaster announced that Saturday January 3rd in the prison of the city of Zahedan, Sistan-e-Baluchestan province, two men were hanged.
The men were convicted for smuggling 300kg of drugs.

The human rights activists Farzad Kamangar and Ali Haydarian, both sentenced to death were transferred from Ward 209 in Evin Prison Tehran to Ward 4 in Rajaeishahr prison in the city of Karaj.
Ward 4 is reserved for prisoners with contagious and infectious diseases such as AIDS and hepatitis.
When Kamangar and Haydarian were transferred to the prison in Karaj, all their personal effects and other necessary items, were taken.
Farhad Vakili, another Kurdish activist who is sentenced to death was transferred to Section 7 in Evin Prison.

Womens rights activist and journalist Shahnaz Gholami, who had been arrested on November 29, 2008 at her residence in the city of Tabriz, is still being held in the non-political section of Tabriz Prison.
She has no access to a lawyer.

More than 250 civil rights activists in Iran issued a joint statement protesting recent actions by the Islamic Republic to ban Afghan and Iraqi refugees from studying at universities.
By this ban the government tries to force their expulsion from Iran. The action is a discriminatory move and it is considered unacceptable.
In the letter is also pointed out that not only has the government previously refused registration of student refugees in schools, but also has forced the closure of schools that were being financed and operated by refugees.
Amongst those who signed the letter were the names of groups involved with activities in civil rights, feminist movements, labor movements, human rights, also the names of lawyers, university personnel in two countries, and reporters.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki from Iraq said Thursday that he will expel the People's Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran (PMOI) from Camp Ashraf after taking over their base from US forces.
He said that the PMOI is a terroristic organization and there will be no place for them in Iraq.
He added that the members of PMOI will not be forced to go back to Iran, but they will be given the opportunity to either go home, or to another country.
Described as a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union, the PMOI has many supporters in the US Congress and British parliament.

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.

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