Iran: Death sentence for a child offender upheld

Iran: Death sentence for a child offender upheldNCRI - Death sentence for Delara Darabi, a 19-year-old girl who was sentenced to death back in January for a crime allegedly committed when she was only 17, has now been reportedly upheld despite her denial. In a public statement on Tuesday, Amnesty International expressed concern over imminent risk of execution of Delara. The following is AI's statement:

Iran: Imminent risk of stoning a woman

Iran: Imminent risk of stoning a womanNCRI - The following is a public statement by Amnesty International raising alarm at the imminent risk of execution by stoning of a 37-year-old mother of four. The following is the statement by AI:

Iran hands down 10 death sentences over ethnic unrest

Iran hands down 10 death sentences over ethnic unrest Agence France Presse, Tehran, July 25 - A court in southwestern Iran handed down 10 death sentences Tuesday over a wave of ethnic unrest in the key oil province of Khuzestan, the state broadcaster's website reported.

"Ten people have been sentenced to be publicly hanged for the bomb attacks in (the provincial capital) Ahvaz for making war against God and acting against national security," the website said.

Iran: Hanged from a crane aged 16

Iran: Hanged from a crane aged 16 EXCLUSIVE JUSTICE IRAN STYLE: SICK GIRL EXECUTED BY JUDGE SHE DEFIED Her crime? She had sex with an unmarried man

By Susie Boniface

The Sunday Mirror - It was exactly 6am and the start of another blisteringly hot summer day when 16-year-old Atefeh Rajabi was dragged from her prison cell and taken to be executed.

Iran's fashion police put on a show of chadors to stem west's cultural invasion

Robert Tait in Tehran

The Guardian - They are unlikely to grace any catwalk or adorn the figures of supermodels, but the latest in Islamic fashions got top billing from Iran's religious authorities yesterday in an exhibition aimed at promoting female modesty and countering the influence of western clothing.

A man hanged in Iran

A man hanged in IranAgence France Presse - An Iranian man convicted of murder has been hanged in the western city of Boroujerd in Lorestan province, the official news agency IRNA reported Tuesday.
"Alireza Ranjbar, charged in the killing of Mohsen Yarahmadi, was hanged in the city's prison," said local judiciary official Alireza Mohammadi, without giving details.

The hanging brings to at least 73 the number of people executed in Iran so far in 2006, according to an AFP tally based on press and witness reports. Amnesty International has said 94 executions were carried out in 2005.

Iran: A women sentenced to death by stoning

Iran: A women sentenced to death by stoningNCRI - According to a Kurdish human rights group in Iran, a woman was sentenced to death by a clerical court in Orumieh, provincial capital of West Azerbaijan. 

The woman who was identified as Malek Qorbani from the city of Naqadeh was jailed in Orumieh prison for alleged immoral relationship.

The local court has sentenced her to death by stoning. This is while the clerical regime was to stop stoning following widespread international criticisms by human rights organizations.

Iran: Improper veiling is a major political issue for mullahs

Iran: Improper veiling is a major political issue for mullahsNCRI - The state-run daily Sharq cited Makarem Shirazi, a high ranking cleric as saying that the women's veiling has turned into a major political issue for the religious dictatorship in Iran.
"Narcotics and improper veiling are among the worst problems that the country is facing today. Women's veiling must be recognized as a major political issue and should be addressed in that manner."

These comments are made at a time when the country is taken by widespread protests due to poverty and severe repression. In June alone some 500 protests were recorded across the country in many of which protestors chanted anti-regime slogans. Azeri speaking provinces were the scene of violent clashes in early June which went on for over two weeks.

Execution: A young man hanged in public in Shiraz, Iran

Execution: A young man hanged in public in Shiraz, IranNCRI - According to the state-run daily Khorassan, July 3, a 33-year-old man was hanged in public in the southern city of Shirz yesterday. The man identified by his first name, Hossein, was alleged to have been involved in armed robbery but details of his case and mullahs' style trial was not available.

The judicial system under the religious dictatorship in Iran has been the subject of criticism by international human rights organizations. In the so-called revolutionary courts in Iran judge also acts as the prosecutor leaving no room for justice to prevail. This has been one of the main reasons for high number of executions in Iran allowing no scrutiny by independent competent bodies.

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