Sunday, October 02, 2011


Iran: At least 62 executions in September
According to National Council of Resistance of Iran during recent days, seven prisoners were hanged in prisons of Shahr Kord, Zabol, Qom and Varamin amounting to 62 executions in Iran in September. Twenty-three of them were executed on September 18 (22 in Gohardasht and Evin prisons and 1 in Ghazvin). At least 38 more prisoners have been executed secretly bringing the number of executions in September to 100. Among those executed were a 17 year old juvenile and two teens at ages of 19 and 20 who were under 18 at the time of their alleged offense. Other suppressive measures of the Iranian regime during recent days have been lashing in public of prisoners in Tabas and southern cities for charges of theft, issuing brutal verdict of eye gouging for a young man, arbitrary arrests, assassination of opponents, repression of women under the fabricated banner of “Ifaf Project” (chastity), raiding residential houses using excuses such as rounding up satellite equipments and etc.

The Iranian regime is changing the Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s alleged offense from apostasy to rape and extortion, according to semi official Fars News agency. Gholomali Rezvani, the deputy governor of Gilan province, where Nadarkhani was tried and convicted, accused Western media of twisting the real story, referring to him as a “rapist”. “His crime is not, as some claim, converting others to Christianity,” Rezvani told Fars. “He is guilty of security-related crimes.” In a brief obtained by CNN, Nadarkhani has stated that he is a Christian and no longer Muslim,” states the brief. “During many sessions in court with the presence of his attorney and a judge, he has been sentenced to execution by hanging according to article 8 of Tahrir olvasileh.

Twenty One Baha’i Citizens Arrested in Esfahan
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on Thursday, Iranian security agents arrested 20 Baha’i citizens in Esfahan. After their arrest, the houses of Parisa Rahmani, Farzad Rohani and Ataullah Daneshgar were searched and Baha’i religious artifacts were confiscated.

Security forces shot and killed one-legged border carrier
On September 25, another border carrier in Kurdistan died in the Orumieh hospital after being directly shot by security forces. According to Kordpa website, Soleiman Moradi known as Haji Soureh from a village in Piranshahr was shot by security forces and was severely wounded but died 15 days later in hospital. This Kurd carrier had lost one of his legs in a mine explosion. Soleiman Moradi, 32, had a wife and three small children.