Public execution of prisoner in city southwest of Tehran
The Iranian regime executed a prisoner in public in the town of Save located southwest of Tehran. This prisoner was charged with murdering a member of the regime’s repressive police. According to other news the authorities also transferred 4 death row inmates in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj to solitary confinement on Thursday, May 8th. This was in preparation for their executions.
UNHCR concerned over continuing insecurity affecting Iranian opposition in Camp Liberty, IraqUNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency in a statement May 6, called upon the Government of Iraq to take all possible measures to ensure the safety of residents and called upon governments of other countries to admit residents and to offer long term solutions. UNHCR also remains gravely concerned about the fate of the seven missing former residents of Camp New Iraq know as Camp Ashraf. Since 2011, UNHCR, together with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), has been engaged in an effort to find relocation opportunities outside Iraq for some 3,200 former residents of Camp New Iraq (formerly Camp Ashraf), who now reside in Camp Hurriya or Liberty, near Baghdad International Airport.
The statement adds: On-going insecurity in Iraq is affecting the residents of Camp Hurriya and UN staff who work with them in the Baghdad International Airport area. While there have been no major attacks against the camp since the rocket strike on 26 December 2013 that killed four residents, nightly rocket attacks in the Abu-Ghraib area (12 kilometers from the airport) underscore the continuing risk to the safety and security of the camp and UN staff. It is important to recall that camp residents suffered three separate rocket attacks in 2013, each of which resulted in deaths and injuries. In addition, an attack against Camp New Iraq in September 2013 left 52 dead and seven persons missing.
UNHCR further underlines that camp residents are entitled to protection against expulsion or forced return to any place where their life or freedom would be threatened. The Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Iraq and the United Nations explicitly recognizes that residents benefit from the principle of non-refoulement.