Sunday, May 15, 2016


The Guardian, reported on May 13 that a 19-year-old teenager Alireza Tajik in Iran is due to be executed this weekend in Adel abad prison in Shiraz, following a trial that human rights groups say relied on forced confessions to a crime he is alleged to have committed when he was 15.
According to Amnesty International, Iran carried out 73 executions of juvenile offenders between 2005 and 2015, despite having ratified the international covenant on civil and political rights and the convention on the rights of the child, which strictly prohibit the imposition of the death penalty for crimes committed below the age of 18. Tajik was arrested in May 2012 alongside a number of other teenagers. Tajik was held incommunicado in solitary confinement for 15 days after his arrest and was subjected to torture including beatings, floggings and suspension by the arms and feet, Amnesty said. He later retracted the confessions given during this period.
James Lynch, deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa program
 at Amnesty International, called on Iran to immediately halt Tajiki’s execution.
“Imposing the death penalty on someone who was a child at the time of the crime flies in the face of international human rights law, which absolutely prohibits the use of the death penalty for crimes committed under the age of 18,” he said.
“It is particularly horrendous that the Iranian authorities are adamant to proceed with the execution when this case was marked by serious fair trial concerns and primarily relied on torture-tainted evidence.  “Iran’s bloodstained record of sending juvenile offenders to the gallows, routinely after grossly unfair trials, makes an absolute mockery of juvenile justice and shamelessly betrays the commitments Iran has made to children’s rights.”
According to Sharia Law children between ages of 9 to 13 are considered criminally responsible. Under this law Girls at age 9 and boys at age 15 are considered to be fully developed and they even can get married.

Sputnik News, reported on May 13: An Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani acquitted of apostasy in September 2012 was re-arrested again on Friday, along with his wife and 3 fellow church member, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). Pastor Nadarkhani was first arrested in 2009 after he went to his children's school to question the Muslim monopoly on Iranian education, which he considered unconstitutional. He was charged with apostasy and sentenced to death in 2010. Despite being asked repeatedly in court hearings to renounce his faith in order to avoid the death penalty, Nadarkhani refused. He was released from prison on Jan. 7, 2013.
Based on other reports Nadarkhani and his wife Tina Pasandideh were freed but the other 3 men: Yasser Mosayebzadeh, Saheb Fadaie and Mohammad Vafadar remain in prison.

More than 1000 victims of major financial scams by state-affiliated companies in Iran held a protest on Thursday in Mashhad, Iran’s second largest city, demanding their rights, according to news received by the Iranian resistance. The protesters, including victims of the Padideh Shandiz investment scam, demanded that their plundered money be returned, saying that the officials in the companies involved enjoy the support of the mullahs’ judicial and intelligence apparatus. The suppressive forces arrested a number of protesters and transferred them to unknown locations.

The Iranian regime has earned the highest place in violating human rights in the Middle East and North Africa regions. Just on past Wednesday two more prisoners were hanged in the city of Karaj, northwestern Tehran.
They were hanged at dawn on Wednesday in Gohardasht (Rajai-Shahr) Prison.
One of the prisoners remains unidentified while the other one is believed to be Reza Cheshm-Nour.
A number of other death-row prisoners in the jail remain at imminent risk of execution.
The latest hangings bring to at least 72 the number of people executed in Iran since April 10. Three of those executed were women and one is believed to have been a juvenile offender.
Meanwhile the Iranian regime on Monday amputated the fingers of a man in his thirties in the city of Mashhad, north-east Iran. The state-run Khorasan newspaper identified the victim by his initials as M.T, adding that he was 39 years old. The prisoner was accused of theft and is also serving a 3-year jail sentence. According to Iranian resistance record, there have been more than 2,300 executions since Hassan Rouhani took office as President in 2013. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran in March announced that the number of executions in Iran in 2015 was greater than any year in the last 25 years. Rouhani has explicitly endorsed the executions as examples of “God’s commandments” and “laws of the parliament that belong to the people.”

The Weekly Standard, May 13, wrote that on Friday Iranian regime's foreign minister Mohamed Javad Zarif sent his condolences to Hezbollah general secretary Hassan Nasrallah on the day the party is burying Mustafa Badreddine. As one of Hezbollah’s top military commanders, Badreddine is believed to have played a role in the 1983 Marine barracks bombing, and then a few months later the bombing at the American embassy in Kuwait, where he was caught and sentenced to death.
The U.N.'s Special Tribunal for Lebanon indicted Badreddine for the 2005 assassination of the former prime minister of Lebanon, Rafik Hariri. Since 2011, Badreddine has been running Hezbollah's military operations in Syria, where alongside the Assad regime and its patron Iran, the party of God has waged a campaign of sectarian cleansing, killing hundreds of thousands.
The Weekly Standard added: Thus, for the Islamic Republic, the 55-year-old Badreddine was seen a hero. Zarif, who is seen by the Obama administration as a moderate (!!) relayed to Nasrallah 'that martyrdom of this great commander Mustafa will further strengthen resistance forces against the Zionist and terrorism.'
But according to Iranian opposition press reports, he was visited by Quds Force commander, Qassem Suleimani shortly before he was assassinated.
Badreddine was a major figure in the organization and member of an important Hezbollah family. He was the cousin and brother-in-law, as well as frequent accomplice of Imad Mughniyeh, Hezbollah's legendary terrorist mastermind who was assassinated in Damascus in 2008. Mughniyeh's son, and Badreddine's nephew, Jihad, was killed by an Israeli strike on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights in 2015. 'Mustafa Badreddine is the third senior Hezbollah commander of the first generation of Hezbollah cadres to be killed in the last decade. In 1990 after the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussain, Badreddine who was awaiting his execution sentence in Kuwaity prison escaped and sought refuge in Iranian embassy and later returned to Lebanon and in the end thousands of Syrian died under his commands. Mustafa Badreddin, with three decades of experience in terrorism, was killed by Israeli airstrike in Syria on Wednesday May 11.

According to Outlook India May 14, The US called on Iranian regime on Saturday to free seven leaders of the Baha'i faith serving 20- year prison sentences, asking Tehran to ensure religious and other freedoms. The Baha'i leaders were arrested eight years ago and convicted of espionage, insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic Republic. 'We join the international community in condemning their continued imprisonment and calling upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to release them immediately, along with all other prisoners of conscience in Iran,' State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. 'Furthermore, we call upon Iranian authorities to uphold their own laws and meet their international obligations that guarantee freedom of expression, religion, opinion and assembly for all citizens,' he said. Iranian regime targets the Baha'i faith, which believes in unity among religions and equality between men and women. Kirby's statement comes after international sanctions on Iran were lifted as part of its landmark nuclear deal with world powers last year.