NCRI - Two men are to be executed in the oil city of Ahwaz, provincial capital of Khuzistan, southern Iran, at dawn on Thursday, charged with involvement in recent unrests.
Khuzistan province's deputy governor Mohsen Farokh-Nejad, alleged that the two men, identified as Ali Affrawi and Mehdi Navasseri, were responsible for a bombing in Ahwaz back in October intending to deepen ethnic tensions.
NCRI - In a letter to Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, on February 22, Mohammad Mohaddessin, chair of the NCRI's Foreign Affairs Committee, appealed for her intervention to save lives of political prisoners in Iran.
Mohaddessin said: "Six months after a former commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad assume power as the Iranian regime's President, the situation of human rights in Iran in general and the plight of political prisoners in particular has deteriorated. Recently, the horrific hanging of one of the most well-known political prisoners in Iran was confirmed by official sources, arousing outrage and condemnation of the public as well as international human rights organizations."
NCRI - The following is a public statement by Amnesty International raising concern over extensive use of death penalty in Iran which was issued on Friday, February 24:
Amnesty International today expressed grave concern about the rate of executions reported in Iran and said it feared for the lives of a number of political prisoners, some of whom are reported to have been on death row for several years. The organization is also outraged that Iran continues to sentence child offenders to death in contravention of its international human rights obligations.
NCRI - The following is a press release by the Amnesty International today expressing concern over deteriorating human rights violations in Iran:
Six months after Iran's new president came to power human rights violations remain widespread and the new government has failed to take any action to address the situation, Amnesty International revealed in a report published today.
NCRI - Death sentences for two teenagers were approved by the State Supreme Court on Monday according to state-run news agency IRNA.
The head of Tehran's punitive court, Naser Saraj, was quoted telling reporters that the two were both 18 years of age and their death sentences were approved for alleged sexual assault. They were identified only as "E. N." and "E. K."
The same news agency also reported on Tuesday that two men are going to be hanged in Shiraz, provincial capital of Fars, central Iran, on Wednesday. Death sentences for "Ayat Kh." and "Mehdi A." were endorsed by the State Supreme Court, said the Revolutionary Prosecutor of Fars province.
NCRI – The following is an urgent appeal by the British based human rights group, Amnesty International, raising concern over the plight of children arrested during a demonstration in the southern city of Ahvaz, capital of the oil rich province of Khuzistan: