Petition Tag - death penalty

1. Free Iranian Youth Sina Dehghan, Sentenced To Death For "Insulting The Prophet'

Sina Dehghan, sentenced to death for “insulting the prophet” of Islam when he was 19-years-old, was tricked into signing his confession, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).
Despite the severity of the charge, a court-appointed attorney who failed to defend him properly represented him during his trial, added the source, who requested anonymity for security reasons.
“During his interrogation, Sina was told that if he signed a confession and repented, he would be pardoned and let go,” said the source in an interview with CHRI on March 21, 2017. “Unfortunately, he made a childish decision and accepted the charges. Then they sentenced him to death.”
“Later he admitted that he signed the confession hoping to get freed,” said  the source. “Apparently the authorities also got him to confess in front of a camera as well.”
“Security and judicial authorities promised Sina’s family that if they didn’t make any noise about his case, he would have a better chance of being freed, and that talking about it to the media would work against him,” added the source. “Unfortunately, the family believed those words and stopped sharing information about his case and discouraged others from sharing it as well.”
“Sina is not feeling well,” continued the source. “He’s depressed and cries constantly. He’s being held in a ward with drug convicts and murderers who broke his jaw a while ago.”
“He was a 19-year-old boy at the time (of his arrest) and had never done anything wrong in his life,” added the source.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) arrested Dehghan on October 21, 2015 at a military barracks in Tehran after he made comments against Islam and the Quran on the LINE instant messaging application. He has been imprisoned in Arak Prison ever since.
Initially, Branch 1 of the Criminal Court in Arak sentenced Dehghan to death for “insulting the prophet” and 16 months in prison for “insulting the supreme leader.” The Supreme Court confirmed his death sentence in late January, according to the source.
Deghan’s co-defendants, Sahar Eliasi and Mohammad Nouri, were also convicted of posting anti-Islamic content on social media.
Nouri was issued the death sentence, which was upheld by the Appeals Court, but it is not known if the Supreme Court has issued a final ruling.
Eliasi was initially issued a seven-year prison sentence, which was later reduced to three years upon appeal.
According to article 262 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code, insulting the prophet is punishable by death. However, Article 263 states that if the accused tells the court that his insults were the result of anger or a mistake, the sentence could be reduced to 74 lashings.
“Sina is allowed to contact his family by phone and receive visits,” the source told CHRI. “During the past year, his family has come from Tehran to visit him every week.”

2. Abolish The Death Penalty in America

I started this petition to let America know that we believe capital punishment is barbaric.
America is the only western country to still use it.
Does America really want to be in the same box as China, Saudi Arabia and certain African and Muslim countries?
Capital punishment creates more victims, the loved ones of the condemned inmates.
We can't bring their victims back by executing people.
States that have abolished it have seen the crime rate goes down. People who implement it, have seen the crime rate increase !
Innocent people have been executed and still are. DNA tests have proven it to be so.
I think that condemned inmates should have the right to donate non life threatening organs and blood and bone marrow for the rest of their lives in return for their sentences being commuted to life or life without parole, for states who refuse to abolish it.
Many executions have been botched. One inmate took over 2 hours to die and was clearly in pain. That's called torture and is illegal under the 8th Amendment.
Please sign this petition. This draconian horror does not belong in a civilized nation!

3. Let's save Oishee Rahman

ঐশী' রহমানকে আদালত কর্তৃক মৃত্যুদন্ড দেয়া হয়েছে। যেভাবেই হোক তার বেচেঁ থাকার অধিকার আছে। তার বেচেঁ থাকার সর্বশেষ উপায় হচ্ছে রাষ্ট্রপতির ক্ষমা, সম্মিলিতভাবে রাষ্ট্রপতির কাছে আমরা তার প্রাণভিক্ষা চাইতে পারি । সেজন্য এই পিটিশানের মাধ্যমে সাক্ষর সংগ্রহ করে রাষ্ট্রপতির কাছে ঐশীর প্রাণভিক্ষা চাওয়া হবে।
Oishee Rahman is a young woman, who has been given death penalty by the Judicial process in Bangladesh of murdering her parents. Now, there is only way she can survive if the President grants her mercy. This petition aims to collect signatures on behalf of Oishee and submit to the President for the mercy.

4. Reinforce the death penalty in the US

The United States has one of the highest crime rates in the world because of our loose penalties.

Singapore kills murderers and they have the lowest crime rate in the world.

Open up your eyes my fellow citizens.

5. Conservatives and Progressives United Against the Death Penalty

Conservatives and Progressives United Against the Death Penalty is committed to abolishing the Death Penalty in the State of Oklahoma and beyond through community advocacy, education, and leadership.

6. Free Iranian Student Hesam-Aldin Farzizadeh, Sentenced To Death For Apostasy

Hesam-Aldin Farzizadeh, an Expelled student in the field of nuclear physics of Mohaghegh University in the city of Ardebil, Iran was reportedly sentenced to death because of writings of his which were critical of Islam. Illegally, he is being denied access to a lawyer.

Hesam, 22, was charged with apostasy, propaganda for "seductive faiths" and blasphemy by the court according to the news received by VOCIR.

Security forces arrested him on 21 Nov 2013 and transferred to the prison of Meshkin Shahr city. The young writer suffers from depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

He is kept in the non-political ward among addicts and gangs because there is no special ward for the prisoners of conscience. The religious critic had frequently begun hunger strikes that led him to lose weight as well.

He has allegedly been accepted to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

7. Bring Back the Death Penalty in the State of Massachusetts

In 1984, the death penalty was abolished in the state of Massachusetts and should be brought back.

One reason is tradition. Ever since we were kids we were told or at least most of us were told, treat others how you would want to be treated. When people commit the crime of murder, they usually intend for it to happen and are fully aware of what is going on. Say someone is accidently killed then they wouldn’t get the death penalty, they would get charged with manslaughter. Being charged with manslaughter brings up another point, the fact that someone is being held responsible for their actions even though they did not mean to kill anyone there still is a consequence they must answer for.

When intentionally committing a heinous crime such as murdering someone your punishment should fit the crime, so you should receive the death penalty because you are also being held responsible for your actions. The court system is to get to the bottom of problems citizens are facing and decide what actions to take. Another reason is because it would bring closure to family members and friends of those who were murdered. Once you execute a killer you know there is no way they can ever commit murder again. For example, a man named Kenneth Allen McDuff had been sentenced to death on three counts of murder after noticing a young sixteen year old girl, her seventeen year old boyfriend and fifteen year old cousin. McDuff kidnapped all three, raped the girl many times then broke her neck with a broom and shot the two boys even while they pleaded with him not too. After appealing, McDuff’s sentence was reduced to life in prison then eventually reduced to McDuff being released on parole. Once out on parole, McDuff brutally tortured and killed at least four prostitutes that we know of and is suspected of more murders. Again, this all goes to show that once a murderer is executed people can get closure and there is no way they can kill again.

In cases such as “Gregg vs. Georgia” the death penalty has been ruled not a form of cruel or unusual punishment. The petitioner was a man who had robbed two men with an accomplice, and then murdered them saying it was self defense, but was found guilty on the murder charges and repealed to say that the death penalty is a form of cruel and unusual punishment. Massachusetts has not sentenced anyone to death in 68 years even though the state has come across many cases involving murder, kidnapping and torture. If the death penalty was approved in Massachusetts, then it wouldn’t replace life in prison, it would just be another option for the more vicious and horrible crimes. More than half of the states in the United States of America have the death penalty so Massachusetts would be the thirty third state as of right now.

The number one job for the court of law is to serve justice, and the death penalty is just that. It shows that the state is not weak, and is tough on crime and will not tolerate any violation of an innocent person’s rights.

8. Reinstate Death Penalty in South Africa

COST; The cost of detaining a convicted murderer, as opposed to eliminating a convicted murderer. If one were to sit down and calculate item by item, one would conclude that capital punisment is more cost effective.

CONVICTING THE INNOCENT; Sadly history will always show that some innocent people were wrongly tried, convicted and with great shame wrongly executed. However we are now in the 21st century and with present technology and redundancy checks and failsafes the innocent will not be executed.

SANCTITY OF LIFE; The value of life is appreciated by those who appreciate the value of life. NOTE: A broad brush can not be applied here, meaning there are grey areas, such as crimes of passion, protection of life and property, accidents and maybe more. By keeping this in mind and combining it with today's advanced forensic technology the innocent can not be convicted

9. HALT The Execution of Iranian Kurdish Political Prisoner Bakhtiar Memari

A local source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Bakhtiar Memari, 35, a Marivan Kurdish citizen, who has been in prison since August 2010, is on death row on charges of "moharebeh (enmity with God) through membership in a Kurdish political party." Memari was officially informed of his sentence inside Sanandaj Prison on May 10, 2012.

According to the human rights source, security forces arrested Bakhtiar Memarimon on August 3, 2010 in Marivan and transferred him to the Sanandaj Intelligence Office. He was interrogated under torture for three weeks during which he was not allowed to visit or call his family.

In Bakhtiar Memari's defense bill, a copy of which the Campaign has been able to see, it is reflected that the court has not presented any evidence for Memari's accusations and that the ruling was entirely based on Bakhtiar Memari's confessions, which Memari said in court were extracted from him under pressure and through brutal beating and injuries by his interrogators. Bakhtiar Memari repeatedly denied his charges during the trial process.

A source close to the family of Bakhtiar Memari has stated that Bakhtiar Memari has been additionally accused of murdering two individuals based on orders from a British intelligence organization, charges which Memari repeatedly denied in court. The court has not produced any evidence, witnesses, or weapons that could substantiate or support these accusations, solely basing the charges on Bakhtiar Memari's confessions extracted under duress, which were videotaped and broadcasted on PressTV.

"After about three months, Sanandaj Intelligence Office forces took a handcuffed and footcuffed Bakhtiar Memari, along with a camera crew, to his father's home, where he was allowed to visit with his wife and children. The forces then said that because this was his last visit with his family. The intelligence forces then took Memari to the homes of two Krudish citizens who had been murdered some time before, introduced him as their murderer, and videotaped the visit. Subsequently, PressTV aired the recording in its Iran Today segment. In January 2012, Bakhtiar Memari was additionally sentenced to death for murder, based on Qisas Law."

Bakhtiar Memari is currently on death row inside Sanandaj Central Prison. He is allowed to visit with his family once a month.

Meanwhile, more than 27 Sunni Kurd prisoners are on the death row on the charge of Moharebeh, propaganda against the regime and acting against national security in Rajai Shahr prison as the reports mentioned. Six Kurdish political prisoners were hanged at dawn on March 4, 2015.

10. Stop the death penalty and help prisoners

We would like to stop the death penalty because God said thou shall not kill and we think its not right to do that.

When some people are in there an the didn't do the crime then they shouldn't do the time. We are supporting prisoners with

11. Iran Must NOT Hang Sunni Political Prisoner Kamal Molaee

Four Sunni prisoners on death row, Hamed Ahmadi, Jahangir Dehghani, Jamshid Dehghani and Kamal Molaee, have been transferred to solitary confinement and are scheduled to be executed on Sunday 15 June on the charge of “enmity against God” (moharebeh), only days after reports of the secret execution of Ali Chebieshat and Sayed Khaled Mousawi on the same charge, according to Amnesty International. Two weeks ago another Iranian political prisoner, Gholamreza Khosravi, was also hanged.

The families of the four men were called on 13 June to visit their relatives for the last time before their death sentence will be implemented in Rajae Shahr prison on 15 June. The four are accused of killing Mullah Mohammad Sheikh al-Islam, a senior Sunni cleric with ties to the Iranian authorities. The men deny the accusation, saying that they had been arrested between June and July 2009, several months before the sheikh’s killing in September 2009, and that they have been targeted solely because they practiced or promoted their faith, such as taking part in Sunni religious seminars and distributing Sunni reading materials. The Supreme Court had upheld the death sentences in September 2013, and the sentences had been sent to the Office for the Implementation of Sentences, the official body in charge of carrying out executions.

Amnesty International has stressed that the Islamic Republic of Iran's judicial authorities sentenced the four men to death after trials during which basic safeguards, such as rights of defense, were disregarded, in contravention of international fair trial standards.

12. Bring back the Death Penalty to Massachusetts

Please sign this petition to bring back capital punishment back to the state of Massachusetts.

13. Save Chandran Paskaran from death sentence this Friday 7th Feb 2014

Malaysia gave the United Nations a commitment not to execute anyone till it considers amending the law and make a decision by March 2014. However on friday 7th Feb 2014 this young gentleman would be hanged. Please sign this petition to show your support. Speak for right to life.

No matter how cruel a man can be, he does not deserve to die at the hands of the state. History has proven even the law courts can make a mistake in making its decisions.

Support this cause by circulating this link and get your friends to sign the petition.

14. Stop Rape in South Africa and Bring Back the Death Penalty!

144 people are raped every day. Somewhere we all have to start standing together and draw a line somewhere! It could be your wife, sister, mother or daughter next.


Lets stop talking and lets do something!

15. Introduce the Death Penalty for Muderers

Many stories are on the news about murderers killing innocent people in cold blood and walking free from prison after serving only 5-9 Years behind bars.

Why Should Murderers who kill People in Cold Blood be Able to Live? & Walk Free?

16. STOP The Execution of Iranian Kurd Politcal Prisoner Mohammad Abdullahi!

Mohammad Abdullahi who has been charged on collaboration with Komala party, has been sentenced to execution by branch 1 of Mahabad revolutionary court.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), this political prisoner who was arrested in 2010 in Mahabad, has been tortured severely during his interrogation sessions.

Due to the severity of the torture, his leg and hand were broken. After suffering these brutal injuries, he was further tortured by deliberate (and illegal) medical neglect, as a result of which his leg bone realigned crookedly.

Evidently some of his teeth have been broken in the course of torture and this has affected his digestive system in the past three years.

It is worth noting he is the brother of Mohammad Amin Abdullahi, another political prisoner. After being summoned to court eleven times, of his original sentence of imprisonment was changed in early October 2013 to a death sentenceon charges of "enmity against God" (mohabareh) through membership in Komala party.

Apparently he was deprived of access to lawyer in all of his trial sessions.

One of his fellow prisoners testified: said “Mohammad has not given any confessions of guilt during the course of theinterrogations, and that is why trial was held eleven times. And still, afterall of that, they delivered the news of his death sentence to him verbally in prison.”

17. Free Kurdish Political Prisoner Ali Ahmad Soleiman, Sentenced to die in Iran

Recently the supreme court has confirmed the death verdict of Ali Ahmad Soleiman the kurdish political prisoner of Oroumiyeh on charge of premeditated murder.

Human Rights observers monitoring this case over the years (Mr. Soleiman was arrested in 2005) have raised concerns that these murder charges lack evidence and were in fact concocted by the Western Azerbaijan Intelligence Ministry along with the Revolutionary Guards. (Seemore background on these charges below).

One of this prisoner’s relatives told HRANA correspondent “Ali Ahmad Soleiman who was sentenced to death by branch 5 of Oroumiyeh criminal court has been informed that his verdict has been confirmed by the supreme court as well.”

First Ali Ahmad Soleiman was sentenced to five years imprisonment on charge of membership and collaboration with a Kurdish political party. Despite already serving five full years imprisonment the prison authorities kept him in prison and also last year he was sentenced to one more year imprisonment on charge of being in touch with UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran Dr. Ahmad Shaheed.

A source close to Ali Ahmad Soleiman told HRANA “The trial in accusation of murder was without his confession, neither mock murder scene nor the other formal process steps. The issued verdict was based on the pressure of the intelligence office on judiciary department and there is no rational reasoning in the supreme court to approve the accusation and confirm the verdict.”

An Orumiyeh Penal Court found a Kurdish political prisoner guilty of murdering two Revolutionary Guards members, though no evidence, witnesses, nor confessions were presented in the case, a local activist said.

Branch 12 of Orumiyeh Penal Court sentenced Soleiman to qisas (proportional retribution, to be requested by the victim’s next-of-kin, for a crime) for one of the deaths, and diyeh (“blood money” paid to the victim’s next-of-kin) for the other. The two guards were killed during local entanglements with the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK).

According to the local human rights activist, who has been following Soleiman’s case for many years, the murder charges against him were created by the Western Azerbaijan Province Intelligence Ministry and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)’s Intelligence Unit. Ali Ahmad Soleiman is a Kurdish citizen of Iraqi Kurdistan. Security forces arrested him on November 17, 2005, in the Targavar border region near Orumiyeh and transferred him to the Orumiyeh Intelligence Office’s Detention Center, where he was interrogated on charges of membership in PJAK. Soleiman was severely beaten during these interrogations, the activist said.

When he was transferred to Orumiyeh Central Prison his charges remained “membership in PJAK,” but after several months of detention, the IRGC Intelligence Unit contacted the families of two local IRGC members who had been killed in a confrontation with PJAK forces, and asked them to press charges against this political prisoner in the cases of their loved ones. After the families filed suit against Ali Ahmad Soleiman, he was transferred to the Orumiyeh Police Investigation Unit Detention Center, where he was severely tortured during interrogations, but he did not confess to the murders.

“The political prisoner was summoned repeatedly over the years and interrogated about the murders, but in the absence of witnesses and the suspect’s confessions, the case remained in a limbo. It had neither a ruling, nor was it closed,” said the source.

Ali Ahmad Soleiman had been sentenced in 2006 to five years in prison on charges of “membership in PJAK,” and to six months in prison for “illegal entry into the country.”

“Though Ali Ahmad Soleiman completed his prison term in November 2011, the Intelligence Ministry has not allowed his release. He was summoned to court three times in February. The Orumiyeh Prosecutor’s Office told Soleiman that they did not think his five-year prison sentence was sufficient for him and that they have requested another trial for him. He was again summoned to the Orumiyeh Revolutionary Court and was sentenced to one year in prison on charges of ‘contacting Kurdish media abroad and human rights organizations, specifically the office of the Special Rapporteur, from inside the prison.’ He was summoned a third time to the Penal Court and was put on trial for the murders of the two IRGC members,” the source told the Campaign.

“After Hossein Khezri, a cellmate of Soleiman’s, was executed in Orumiyeh Prison in 2011, [Soleiman] and several other political prisoners were transferred to the Intelligence Office Detention Center on charges of ‘participating in the prison strike’ and ‘contact with foreign media,’ in June 2011, he was sentenced to six months in prison on charges of ‘contact with foreign media,’ and ‘propaganda against the regime.’ This prisoner [Soleiman] was once again transferred to Orumiyeh Intelligence Office Detention Center on October 11, 2012, along with four Kurdish political prisoners by the names of Ahmad Tamouee, Yousef Kakeh Meimi, Jahangir Badouzadeh, and Mostafa Ali Ahmad. The group was interrogated for two months on charges of ‘contact with human rights organizations and specifically the office of the UN Special Rapporteur,’ and ‘contact with Kurdish-language media abroad’ from inside the prison, and were subjected to psychological and/or physical torture inside solitary cells before they were all transferred to Orumiyeh Central Prison,” said the source.

According to the source, the reason the families of the two IRGC provided to the court for Soleiman’s involvement in the case was that Soleiman was present in the region in 2005, and so is aware of the identities of the murderers; therefore he must introduce the culprits or pay diyeh (blood money) to the families. Soleiman was informed last month that the court sentenced him to payment of diyeh to the family of one of the IRGC members, and qisas (retribution to requested by the victim’s family) for the other one.

The source said that Ali Ahmad Soleiman objected to the sentence, but the Intelligence Ministry threatened his lawyer, and the lawyer refused to write his appeal request. Soleiman then wrote his own appeal request from prison. The court issued its ruling based solely on a report provided by the Intelligence Ministry and the IRGC’s Intelligence Unit, in the absence of any evidence, confessions, or witnesses.

18. Protect Our Justice System From Extortion By Extremists

Anti Death-Penalty extremists continue to threaten the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's ability to carry out death sentences against condemned murderers.

First, they prevailed upon the sole manufacturer of sodium thiopental to cease production, forcing Texas to replace it with sodium pentobarbital as the first drug in the three-step execution protocol.

Then they prevailed upon the manufacturers of pancuronium bromide to halt sales to state corrections departments, necessitating a switch to one massive dose of pentobarbital, the same regimen used to euthanize animals.

Now, with the existing supply expiring within the month of September, pressure tactics similar to those employed against the manufacturers of pancuronium bromide have made it unlikely that more pentobarbital can be obtained.

19. Enforce the Death Penalty in Belize

Too many young children are being murdered and abused in Belize by pedophiles and murderers. The majority of the persons who commit these crimes are repeat offenders with a long history of criminal activities.

Many of these criminals have fled their countries of origin and are wanted by authorities in their home countries for committing similar crimes. A good majority of such crimes involves the use of illegal guns. Crime continues to escalate on our streets.

Criminals have taken their heinous acts to new levels and many people have been murdered in their homes during home-invasions. It is time to protect the good people of Belize and take back our streets and our country.

20. Justice for Bailey: Appeal against the lenient sentence given to Nathan William Forrest

Nathan William Forrest was sentenced to 6 years non parole period for the manslaughter of Bailey James Constable. Nathan William Forrest struck Bailey across the head and body while he bathed him on the 1st of April 2011 in his home in Warren N.S.W, the actions Nathan William Forrest chose that night resulted in the death of this 4 year old boy we ask that an appeal be granted for the following reasons:

1: Nathan willingly injected a drug that gave him violent outbursts;
2: Nathan choose to bathe Bailey on the 1st of April 2011 knowing he was under the influence of amphetamines and agitated;
3: Nathan struck Bailey on the head and body more than once and as little as 4 times;
4: Nathan lied to medical professionals hampering resuscitation efforts;
5: Nathan showed no remorse after the fact, he was witnessed using drugs and alcohol while enjoying social events;
6: Nathan lied to police for the 5 weeks preceding Bailey's death hindering closure for family;
7: Nathan winked and smiled when handed the 6 year non parole period sentence he was openly over joyed with such a light sentence, this shows no remorse or potential for rehabilitation in such a short term as remorse for a crime would be where one would start;
8: Bailey was 4 years old not even 20kg when Nathan William Forrest beat him with such force he died from as stated in the autopsy "multiple injuries".

21. Stricter enforcement of he Death Penalty

With today's technological advances in DNA testing and Forensic science, it is capable to rule a person 100% innocent of the crime.

This means, if anyone was sentenced today based on DNA testing, Forensic Science, and other circumstantial evidence, then it would be nearly impossible for an innocent inmate to get executed. Executing those who commit heinous acts of crime including murder and rape should not have a chance to live in prison where they might be able to murder or rape again.

Giving inmates life in prison without parole also runs the risks of them escaping from prison and causing terror on the streets. They have nothing to live for so why wouldn't they try escaping. Finally executing the death penalty would provide some sort of closure for the victim and their family because they wouldn't have to worry about the inmate ever again.

22. Call for the Abolition of the Death Penalty in Malaysia

Death Penalty: 441 hanged to death since 1960, another 696 on death row as at 20/2/2011 358 persons were hanged between 1981 and 2005. As at December 2005,about 173 persons are on death row. Between 2000-2010, 9 persons were hanged for murder, 860 sentenced to death in Malaysia - on death row (as of 28/2/2012).

For more information about death penalty in Malaysia, visit the MADPET (Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture) Blog at

23. STOP Executions In IRAN !

UPDATE Amnesty International 15 April 2013

5 Five ‘crimes’ that can get you killed
#DeathPenalty #Executions #CapitalPunishment #Iran

1. Consensual sexual relations outside marriage:

* In Iran at least 10 individuals, mainly women, remain on death row having been sentenced to stoning for the crime of “adultery while married”.

2. Trafficking drugs :

* Likewise, more than 70 per cent of all officially acknowledged executions in Iran in 2012 were for drug offences.

3. White-collar crimes :

* In Iran, four men were sentenced to death in July 2012 after conviction of corruption and “disrupting the country’s economic system” for their role in a massive bank fraud.

4. Opposing the government :

* In 2012, Iran’s Supreme Court upheld the death sentence imposed on Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani under charges of “enmity against God” for his alleged ties to a banned Iranian opposition group, the Peoples’ Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI). He was originally only sentenced to a prison term and his death sentence came after two re-trials.

5. Offending or abandoning religion :

* In Iran, web programmer Saeed Malekpour was sentenced to death in 2010 for “insulting and desecrating Islam” after a software package he had developed was used without his knowledge to post pornographic images online. His death sentence was reportedly suspended in December after he entered a plea in which he "repented" for his actions, a claim disputed by his family.


SOURCE : Amnesty International

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Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR urged the international community to show strong reaction to the executions in Iran.

He said: "The world must not get used to the executions in Iran. Most of the people executed in Iran haven’t been through fair trials and each of the executions must be condemned by the international community".

Reported Executions in Iran 2013 :

Iran Human Rights, June 2: Two prisoners were hanged in the prison of Khoramabad (western Iran), reported the Iranian state media.

Iran Human Rights, May 25: According to unofficial sources in Iran, at least one woman was hanged on Wednesday, May 22 in Gharchak Prison, located in Varamin (a city near Tehran).

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Iran Human Rights, May 20: Two prisoners were hanged in the prison of Hamadan (western Iran) today May 20.

Iran Human Rights, May 19: Two prisoners were hanged in Tehran’s Evin Prison early this morning.

Iran Human Rights, May 18: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Khoramabad (western Iran) today May 18

Iran Human Rights, May 16: A prisoner was hanged in public in Noshahr (northern Iran) today, reports Mehr, a state-run Iranian news agency.

Iran Human Rights, May 15: Three prisoners were hanged in the Rajai Shahr Prison of Karaj (west of Tehran) today.

Iran Human Rights, May 15: Seven prisoners were hanged in the central Prison of Rasht (Northern Iran) today.

Iran Human Rights, May 11: One prisoner was hanged in Kermanshah (western Iran) today.

Iran Human Rights, May 9: Four prisoners were hanged in Semnan Province (northern Iran) early this morning reported the Iranian state media.

Iran Human Rights, May 7: Three prisoners were hanged in the prison of Isfahan (Central Iran) early this morning, reported the Iranian state media.

Iran Human Rights, May 6: Three prisoners were hanged in the "Liberty Square" of Kermanshah (western Iran) today.

Iran Human Rights, May 6: Three prisoners were hanged in the "Liberty Square" of Kermanshah (western Iran) today.

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Iran Human Rights, May 2: Four prisoners were hanged in the prison of Arak (central Iran) today May 2, reported the Iranian state media.

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Iran Human Rights Tuesday 30 April 2013

Seven Prisoners Hanged in Iran-One Hanged in Public

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Hrana 28th April, 2013

2 prisoners are hanged in Waramin

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Iran Human Rights 24 April 2013

11 Prisoners Among Them 2 Women and 2 Afghan Citizens Were Executed in Iran

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Iran Human Rights, April 20: Four prisoners were hanged in the prison of Kerman (southeastern Iran) early this morning.

Iran Human Rights, April 17: Four prisoners were hanged in two different Iranian prisons today, Wednesday April 17.

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RFE / RL Seven men convicted of serious crimes have been hanged in Iran, according to local agency reports.

The semiofficial Mehr news agency reported on April 16 that the seven were hanged in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz -- four in public and three at the city’s Adel Abad prison.

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HRANA News Agency – 12th April, 2013

One prisoner has been hanged on March 10, 2013 in the Bandar Abbas prison.

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Iran Human Rights, March 6: Two prisoners were hanged publicly in North-western Iran.

HRANA News Agency – 16 prisoners hanged within last week across Iran.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), 12 prisoners were hanged in different cities of Iran during last week:

At least two prisoners convicted of drug trafficking were hanged in Yazd on Thursday, February 21, 2013.

One prisoner convicted of drug trafficking was hanged in Behbahan on Monday, February 25, 2013.

Three prisoners convicted of drug trafficking were hanged in Qazvin on Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Two prisoners convicted of drug trafficking were hanged in Sari and Kashan on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

One prisoner convicted of drug trafficking was hanged in Semnan on Thursday, February 28, 2013.

Four prisoners convicted of rape were hanged in Gachsaran on Thursday, February 28, 2013.

A prisoner was hanged in Sari convicted of drug trafficking on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

Two prisoners convicted of murdering were hanged in Mianeh on Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Iran Human Rights, February 21: Three prisoners were hanged in the prison of Dizelabad in Kermanshah (western Iran) yesterday Wednesday February 20.

Iran Human Rights, February 20: One prisoner was hanged publicly in Arak (central Iran) today Wednesday February 20.

Iran Human Rights, February 19: Eight prisoners were hanged in Shiraz’s Adelabad Prison early this morning. According to the official website of the Iranian judiciary in the province of Fars, eight prisoners, among them one woman, were hanged this morning.

Iran Human Rights, February 18: According to reports from reliable sources in Iran, 12 prisoners are scheduled to be executed in Shiraz Prison (south of Iran) on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.

Iran Human Rights, February 17: Seven prisoners were hanged in the cities of Arak and Shiraz according to the official Iranian sources.

Iran Human Rights, February 13: One prisoner was publicly hanged in Tehran today.

Iran Human Rights, February 12: Two prisoners were hanged in Arak (South of Tehran) and one prisoner scheduled to be hanged publicly in Tehran tomorrow, reported the Iranian state media.

Iran Human Rights, February 6: Three prisoners were hanged in the prison of Isfahan reported the Iranian state media today.

Iran Human Rights, February 4: According to reports from reliable sources, Iranian authorities are executing in increasing numbers in Rajai Shahr Prison, west of Tehran.

Iran Human Rights, January 31: Five prisoners were executed in the prison of Kerman (Southeastern Iran) yesterday morning January 30., reported the state run Iranian media.


According to the reports by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Early this morning, five Balouch prisoners: Nazar Shahbakhsh-son of Allah Dad, Ne'matollah Shahbakhsh- son of Assad, Abdollah Shahbakhsh-son of Vali Mohammad, Abdorrahman SHahbakhsh-son of Youcef and Saleh Noti Zehi were executed in Kerman. They had been arrested five years ago. There is no information about their charges.

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Iran Human Rights, January 28: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Mianeh (northwestern Iran) reported the official Iranian news agency IRNA today

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Iran Human Rights, January 26: According to the official Iranian media a man was hanged in the public early this morning in Kerman (southeastern Iran).

Iran Human Rights, January 25, 2013 : One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Ilam yesterday morning reported the state run Iranian news agency Fars.
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Iran Human Rights, January 23: Three prisoners were hanged in Qazvin Prison (west of Tehran) today.

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Sunday 20 January 2013; Tehran Today: Two Men Were Hanged Publicly 35 Days AFter Being Arrested-

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Iran Human Rights, January 19: Two men were publicly hanged in Pakdasht (South of Tehran) yesterday morning reported the official Iranian media today.

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Iran Human Rights 16 January 2013;
Six prisoners were hanged in three different Iranian prisons, reported the official Iranian media today.
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Iran Human Rights, January 6: Two prisoners were hanged in the prison of Khomarabad (western Iran) reported the official news website of the Iranian police today.

Iran Human Rights, January 5: Two prisoners were hanged publicly in the town of Shahr-e-Kord (western Iran) early this morning, reported the Iranian state media.

Iran Human Rights, January 3: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Yasouj (southern Iran) yesterday January 2.

Reported Executions in Iran 2012:
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Iran Human Rights, December 29: Four prisoners were hanged in the prison of Yazd (Central Iran) early this morning Saturday December 29.

Iran Human Rights, December 27: Five prisoners were hanged publicly in southern Iran today December 27.

Iran Human Rights, December 27: An Afghan citizen was hanged in Dameghan (northern Iran) early this morning reported the Iranian state media.

HRANA News Agency – One prisoner convicted of drug trafficking was hanged in Sari Prison in presence of local Judiciary Authorities on Tuesday, December 25, 2012.

HRANA : Seven Prisoners Hanged in Isfahan, Iran

Iran Human Rights, December 17: One prisoner was hanged in Kashan (central Iran) today, reported the Iranian state media.

Iran Human Rights, December 10: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Semnan (northern Iran) early this morning.

Iran Human Rights, December 8: Three prisoners were hanged in the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan early this morning, reported the Iranian state media.

1 Woman And 3 Men Hanged In Western #Iran-
One Hanged Publicly :

Iran Human Rights Monday 3 December 2012

According to the official site of the Iranian judiciary in Kermanshah, one female and two male prisoners were hanged in the prison of Kermanshah, while a foruth prisoner was hanged publicly in the Azadi (Freedom) Square of Kermanshah Monday noon.
None of the prisoners were identified by name.

Iran Human Rights, November 17, 2012 : According to the reports from the Iranian state media two prisoners were hanged publicly the Iranian town of Darab (southern Iran) yesterday November 16.

Iran Human Rights, November 14, 2012 : Three prisoners were hanged publicly in Arak (central Iran) this morning, reported the Iranian state media today.

Iran Human Rights, November 13, 2012 : The Iranian state media has reported the hanging of two prisoners. The official website of the Iranian judiciary in the province of Fars (southern Iran) has reported the public hanging of one prisoner, identified as F. B., in the town of Neyriz (south of Shiraz) on November 12.

Iran Human Rights, November 12, 2012 : One prisoner was hanged in Ardebil (northwestern Iran) early this morning. According to the official website of the Iranian judiciary in Ardebil, a prisoner, whose name was not mentioned, was hanged early this morning in Ardebil Prison.

Iran Human Rights, November 11, 2012 : One prisoner was hanged in the Isfahan central prison early this morning, reported the Iranian state media

Iran Human Rights 8 November 2012, Prisoners Executed Today- 23 Executions In 2 Days- 9 Executions In Public

Iran Human rights, October 18: Two prisoners were hanged in the Shahroud Prison (northern Iran) early this morning. Thursday 18 October 2012

#IRAN Four Prisoners Were Hanged In North-Western Iran

Iran Human Rights Thursday 11 October 2012

#IRAN From October to October: 488 Executions , 333 on the Row
#CapitalPunishment #Executions #DeathPenalty


According to a report by the HRA's Institute of Statistics and Publications, from 10th October 2011 until today, 488 people were executed in Iran. Meanwhile, 333 were sentenced to death and waiting for their executions.
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Iran Human Rights, October 7: Five prisoners were hanged in Shiraz (southern Iran) today reported the Iranian state media.

Iran Human Rights, October 2: Three Afghan prisoners were hanged in the prison of Tabas, eastern Iran, reported the Iranian state media today.

At least 14 men were executed in Iran, 18 in the row of execution within next days

Iran Human Rights, September 25: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Semnan reported the Iranian media today.

Iran Human Rights, September 23: One prisoner was hanged in public in the Northwestern Iranian province of Azarbaijan today.

Iran Human Rights, September 20: According to official and unofficial reports from Iran, at least six prisoners were executed in three different prisons today.

One man hanged in public today- Another man to be hanged in public Tomorrow
Monday 10 September 2012

11 Prisoners Hanged Today According to Unofficial Sources- One Afghan Citizen Among Those Executed
Saturday 8 September 2012

One prisoner was hanged in Western Iran
Tuesday 24 July 2012

Three prisoners hanged in Isfahan (Central Iran)
Sunday 22 July 2012

Two prisoners hanged in Iran today: One man was hanged publicly in Shiraz (southern Iran)
Thursday 19 July 2012

Iran Human Rights, July 18: Three prisoners were hanged in the prison of Qazvin, west of Tehran, yesterday morning July 17.

Three Prisoners Were Hanged in South-Eastern Iran
Monday 16 July 2012

Update : Three prisoners were hanged in Qazvin (west of Tehran) today 12 July 2012

A woman prisoner (Safieh Ghafoori) was hanged in Shiraz today 12 July 2012

Two prisoners were hanged in western Iran
12 July 2012

Death Sentences Issued to Five More Ahwazi Arabs
10 July 2012

Two prisoners were hanged in southeastern Iran today
10 July 2012

Statement Against the Execution of Four Ahwazi Arabs and the Death Penalty in Iran 9 July 2012

Four prisoners were hanged in Iran 9 July 2012

Two prisoners were hanged in southeastern Iran
4 July 2012

Four prisoners executed in Iran- One hanged publicly
2 July 2012

Two prisoners were hanged publicly in Iran this morning
28 June 2012

Two Iranians at imminent danger of execution for alcohol consumption 25 June 2012

Death row political prisoner Yunes Aghayan is awaiting justice 22 June 2012

20 June 2012




Two prisoners were hanged publicly in southern Iran this morning 11 June 2012


Two prisoners convicted of waging war against God hanged in southeastern Iran this morning 9 June 2012

Five prisoners hanged publicly in Shiraz (southern Iran) today 7 June 2012

At least 8 prisoners executed in Iran, one day after EU expressed concern about the alarming number of the executions-
At least 78 executions in May 2012 31 May 2012

One prisoner hanged publicly in southern Iran- His attorney says he was innocent 26 May 2012

One Prisoner Publicly Executed in Southwestern Iran — 59 Executions in 9 Days 25 May 2012

Three prisoners were executed in Iran today- 58 executions in 7 days in Iran 22 May 2012

21 May, by Iran Human Rights

17 May, by Iran Human Rights

One prisoner was hanged in western Iran today
16 May, by Iran Human Rights

A prisoner charged with espionage for Israel and killing an Iranian nuclear scientist, was hanged this morning
15 May, by Iran Human Rights

Ten prisoners were executed in Iran
7 May, by Iran Human Rights

Four prisoners were executed in northern
Iran today April 30.
30 April, by Iran Human Rights

13 prisoners, among them five Afghan citizens, were executed in Iran
26 April, by Iran Human Rights

Four prisoners executed in Iran: One hanged in public
19 April, by Iran Human Rights

Two prisoners executed today- 20 executions in the past eight days in Iran
17 April, by Iran Human Rights

Indiscriminate executions of the alleged drug traffickers continue in Iran: Eight prisoners executed in southern Iran- Tens of prisoners to be executed in northwestern Iran
16 April, by Iran Human Rights

10 April, by Iran Human Rights

One prisoner was hanged in central Iran
4 April, by Iran Human Rights

Three prisoners were hanged in Qazvin yesterday- 18 executions in one week
14 March, by Iran Human Rights

Two men publicly hanged in Mashhad (northeastern Iran) this morning
13 March, by Iran Human Rights

13 prisoners executed in the past days- Five others to be hanged publicly in the coming days
11 March, by Iran Human Rights

4 March, by Iran Human Rights

One prisoner was hanged in western Iran
15 February, by Iran Human Rights

Four prisoners were executed in Qom (south of Tehran)
8 February, by Iran Human Rights

One man was hanged publicly in Karaj (west of Tehran)
1 February, by Iran Human Rights

One prisoner was hanged in western Iran today
30 January, by Iran Human Rights

Two prisoners were executed in northern Iran today
29 January, by Iran Human Rights

One prisoner was hanged in western Iran
28 January, by Iran Human Rights

One man was hanged publicly in southeastern Iran
19 January, by Iran Human Rights

15 January, by Iran Human Rights

Two prisoners were executed- 9 others to be executed in the coming days
13 January, by Iran Human Rights

One man was hanged publicly in western Iran- At least 40 executions in the first week of 2012
8 January, by Iran Human Rights

Five prisoners were hanged in western Iran
7 January, by Iran Human Rights

One prisoner was hanged in Varamin (west of Tehran)- 34 executions in five days
6 January, by Iran Human Rights

Eight prisoners executed in Iran- Three hanged publicly today
5 January, by Iran Human Rights

The new year begins with more executions in Iran
3 January, by Iran Human Rights


24. Re-instatement of Death Penalty

For too long the people of Canada have had to put up with murderers like Bernardo, Olsen, Williams, Picton and now Rafferty who are guilty of committing the most heinous and barbaric acts involved in murder and who are guilty beyond any question.

It is high time we brought back the death penalty to deal with this vicious type of criminal.

25. Rescind The Death Sentence Of Iranian Political Prisoner Gholamreza Khosravi

May 3, 2012--Branch 31 of the Supreme Court has sentenced Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani, a political prisoner incarcerated in Evin prison, to death.

On April 21, 2012, Branch 31 of the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of political prisoner Gholamreza Khosravi and forwarded the death sentence to the Enforcement Division.

According to human rights reports, on March 7, 2012, Khosravi’s case No. 9009980002013634, carrying a death sentence, was forwarded to Branch 31 of the Supreme Court. This sentence was upheld jointly by the head of the Brach Mr. Jafari & by a Mr. Tabatabaei.

This former 80′s political prisoner, was arrested in 2006 on charges of donating money to an opposition satellite TV station. In 2007, he was tried in a Court in Rafsanjan on charges of espionage and donating money to Mojahedin Khalgh Organization and was sentenced to three years in prison plus three years suspended sentence.

According to reports by the Human Rights and Democracy Activists, this sentence was objected to by the Intelligence Ministry and therefore it was changed to six years in prison.

Upon additional charges pressed by the Defense Ministry, the case of this political prisoner entered a new phase, and after a one year incarceration in Intelligence Ministry’s solitary confinement, he was transferred to the Defense Ministry’s prison 64.

After going through long periods of interrogations, he was put on trial in Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pirabbasi, on charges of Moharebeh (Enmity against God). Judge Pirabbasi ruled the charges beyond the scope of his court’s jurisdiction.

The ruling issued by Branch 26 was overturned by the Supreme Court, and the case was returned to the same court for retrial, which resulted in a death sentence issued in 2010.

This last verdict was also overturned by the Supreme Court and sent back to Branch 26 in November of 2011 for retrial, which ultimately resulted in a death sentence for the defendant.

It must be noted that Gholamreza Khosravi was incarcerated in solitary confinement in Ward 240 of Evin prison during this entire time, in addition to the solitary confinements in Kerman prison.

Many political and rights activists have in the past been executed after being falsely accused of having ties to the PMOI, also known as MEK or MKO.

In March, Amnesty International’s annual report on capital punishment listed Iran as a leading executioner in 2011. The organisation said it had received “credible reports of a large number of unconfirmed or even secret executions which would almost double the levels officially acknowledged” by Iranian authorities.

26. Help to stop the death penatly in USA!

Please help to stop death penalty in the USA.

27. Free Iranian Author Mohammad-Ali Taheri, Sentenced To DEATH For "Spreading Corruption On Earth"

URGENT UPDATE NOVEMBER 15, 2016--MOHAMMAD-ALI TAHERI ON PRISON HUNGER STRIKE, TAKEN TO UNKNOWN LOCATION-- Mohammad Ali Taheri, the founder of the banned Erfan-e Halgheh spiritual group, went on hunger strike in Evin Prison on October 18, 2016 to demand an end to his illegal incarceration. Taheri’s five-year prison sentence for “insulting the sacred,” “immoral contact with women” and “carrying out illegal medical procedures,” ended on February 7, 2016, but he has not been freed. The authorities have concealed his location from his family since late October.
SOURCE: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran

Mohammad-Ali Taheri, an Iranian physician, researcher and author in the field of Interuniversalist alternative medicine, was sentenced to death by branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court, according to the Governmental News Agencies.

Dr. Taheri, the founder of a spiritual group who has been in Evin prison since May 2011, was sentenced to death on the charge of “Ifsad fi al-Arz” (spreading corruption on Earth) as his lawyer Mahmoud Alizadeh said.

He has been in the solitary confinement since his arrest, and in November 2014, he began a dry hunger strike (whereby a prisoner refuses both food and water) for 25 days to protest against his unfair isolation inside Ward 2-Alef Sepah at Evin prison.

The governmental news agencies closed to Iran’s Intelligence Service said that Mr. Taheri convicted to six years imprisonment. He was previously sentenced to 37 years in prison, fine and lashes on the charge of blasphemy, disturbing the medical treatment and touching the female patients in the Revolutionary Court on 2014-2015 as news agencies said.

Mr. Taheri asked Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, to review his case by sending an open letter in April 2014.


Prisoner of conscience Mohammad Ali Taheri, who has spent over three years in solitary confinement in Section 2A of Evin Prison in Iran’s capital, Tehran, has been threatened with death by interrogators. He is serving a five-year prison sentence on a charge of “insulting Islamic sanctities”, in relation to his spiritual beliefs and practices.

Mohammad Ali Taheri, founder of a new spiritual group in Iran called Erfan-e-Halgheh, was arrested on 4 May 2011 by officials linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and held incommunicado for nine months in Section 2A of Evin Prison. Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran convicted him, on 30 October 2011, of “insulting Islamic sanctities” and sentenced him to five years’ imprisonment, but found that his offence did not involve, as the prosecution had argued, saab ul-nabi (deliberately denigrating Prophet Mohammad) which would have carried the death penalty under the Islamic Penal Code. Amnesty International understands that the authorities have, nevertheless, continued to threaten him with death, apparently based on religious fatwas that order the killing of apostates.

Mohammad Ali Taheri has been serving his prison sentence entirely in solitary confinement and his repeated requests to be transferred to a cell shared with other inmates have been denied, leading him to undertake at least seven hunger strikes and attempt suicide four times. Except for a six-day period of leave in March 2013, his interaction with the outside world has been limited to brief bi-weekly visits from his wife in a “cabin” (behind a glass screen) and limited telephone calls, both of which have stopped since his wife was arrested on 2 July 2014 for a period of two weeks.


Mohammad-Ali Taheri, the head of the so-called "deviated Halqeh Cult", a spiritual master and founder of two approaches to "alternative medicine" was sentenced to five years of prison on charges of insulting sanctities.

After four court sessions in which he defended himself, he was sentenced to five years of prison by the Tehran Public and Revolutionary Court on charges of insulting sanctities, making statements that he had no specialty in and claiming to receive [divine] inspiration and knowledge and presenting these to others.

He was also sentenced to 74 lashes for touching his patients without a medical license. (Tabnak state-run Website, Mashreq state-run daily – Feb. 13, 2012)

MOHAMMAD ALI TAHERI (Persian: محمد علی طاهری‎) an academic entity,[also a spiritual master for three decades, is an internationally celebrated founder of two medical therapeutic approaches: Faradarmani & Psymentology from Iran. His methodology and approach have been a source of awareness and realization to countless people seeking wisdom, i.e. Interuniversal Consciousness.[citation needed] He has been awarded six honorary doctorate degrees from different international institutes including University of Traditional Medicine, Republic of Armenia, International Ecoenergy Academy of Azerbaijan Republic and International Medical Forum of Russia Federation for the foundation of Complementary and Alternative Medicines of Faradarmani and Psymentology and innovative teachings in medicine. Moreover, He has been awarded gold medals and special cups by different innovation exhibitions and institutes including CGIF 2010 and INNOVA 2010 and was honored as “Officer” at Merits of Invention at Brussels Innova European Innovation award.

Mohammad Ali Taheri’s teachings and theories are monotheistic and in accordance with all holy books. Faradarmani and Psymentologhy are based on establishing a communication, connection or link to the Interuniversal Consciousness (intermediary between God and the universe, consciousness governing the universe, which is named Gabriel or the concept of Holy Spirit in Christian theology) and it is with this connection that mental, emotional and body healing takes place and all illnesses can be cured. Under this point of view, healing is just a means (and not the aim) to help mankind move in the path of Kamal (completeness). The purpose of Faradarmani is to reach practical acquaintance with Divine intelligence , practical theology, attain practical worship, recognize the inner treasure and provide a way for public salvation. Scientific proofs of these practices have boon published in several specialized editions of Medical Magazines such as Danesh Pezeshki and Tebe Kol Negar in Iran that include medical treatment reports on curable and incurable diseases such as Lupus Erythematosus, Nephrotic syndrome, Nephrolithiasis, Cholelithiasis, Heart arrhythmia, Infertility, various types of cancers, mental disorders, etc.

His history of persecution at the hands of the Islamic Republic regime includes:
4 May 2011 – to date – hunger/food strike, no news or trace of him, no permission/information provided to his lawyer, or to his family, no text, phone messages, nothing!
12 Apr 2011 – one day detention – arrested & released for no apparent reason, but threatened to stop his lessons and group meetings
18 Apr 2010 – arrested, spending 68 days in solitary confinement, bailed out until further notice.

He has been accused, detained, arrested, and jailed on numerous but baseless/irrational counts, without the right and possibility of consulting a lawyer, accessing a fair trial, defending himself publicly, calling/contacting family loved ones, whatsoever.

28. Free Iranian Blogger Vahid Asghari, Sentenced To Death For "Hosting Blasphemous Websites"!

Reporters Without Borders: Arrested at Tehran Airport on 11 May 2008, Vahid Asghari, an Information Technology student in India, has been in "temporary detention" for close to four years. Yesterday, January 7, 2012, Vahid Asghari was sentenced to death by Branch 15 of Tehran Revolutionary Court with Judge Salavati presiding.

Ever since its creation by the Revolutionary Guards in March 2009, the Organized Crime Surveillance Center has played an active role in tracking down and arresting outspoken netizens.

Shortly after its creation, the center announced the dismantling of a “malevolent” online network in March 2009 and the arrests of several website moderators. Their photos and “confessions” were posted on the centre’s website, Gerdab (, a few days later. They reportedly admitted to links with websites that criticized Islam and the government, and to their intention of “misleading” Iranian youth by publicizing porn sites. They also confessed to participating in a plot supported by the Americans and Israelis.

On 17 June 2009, two days after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection triggered a wave of street protests, the center issued a communiqué announcing that it had noted “several cases of websites and personal blogs posting articles inciting disturbances of public order and urging the population to rebel.”

Detainees have been subjected to long periods of solitary confinement and to torture to obtain confessions that are used in their trials. Asghari, a leading target of the “network dismantling” policy, is one of the victims of such abuses. Aged 24 and an ICT student in India, he was arrested on 11 May 2008 at Tehran airport for possessing several credit cards.

He was held in solitary confinement for seven month and was mistreated and tortured to make him confess to organizing a pornographic network that blasphemed Islam and criticized the government in order to pervert Iranian youth. And what was Asghari’s crime? Hosting websites, including the sites of government opponents.

“I was beaten with a stick for hours and hours while blindfolded and handcuffed,” he wrote in a letter to the president of the 15th chamber of the Revolutionary Court on 17 October 2009. “With a knife against my throat, I was threatened with death and rape. I and my family were insulted. I was forced to make a confession and sign it. They then videoed my confession and broadcast the video with the national television station’s complicity although I was legally presumed to be innocent.”

According to article 168 of the constitution, defendants prosecuted on political charges should be given public, jury trials but most of the trials have been held behind closed doors. Their lawyers are often sidelined and denied access to the case files and in some cases defendants were not told they had been tried and condemned. Asghari said in his letter: “I have never seen my lawyer and, even in court, I did not have the right to say hello to him.”

Asghari also wrote: “I was alleged to have received money from abroad as a result of Google advertising on the websites I hosted. I was accused of insulting the Shiite Imams and the Prophet because of their content. And I was forced to say that Hossein Derakhshan was an agent of both the Iranian ministry of intelligence and the CIA.”

UPDATE: On Saturday, February 11, 2012 imprisoned death row blogger Vahid Asghari was transferred to solitary confinement and under severe duress was coerced into making another false confession.

After the death sentence was handed down, agents from the Cyber Intelligence unit of the Revolutionary Court intimidated Vahid into taking part in the recent televised confession in exchange for a promise of a reduced sentencing and a transfer to the public ward of Evin prison.

29. Mandatory Death Penalty on any severe violent crime

I believe that to more effectively prevent violent crimes in the United States there should be a mandatory death penalty on any severe violent crime, such as murder, rape, child molestation, attempted murder and armed robbery.

I believe that this would not only solve our overcrowded jails, but also severely deter violent crime.


Children, are the last remaining angels on our planet. The inhumane monsters that abuse them, must be stopped.

The only way to stop the action of abuse, that goes beyond human imagination, is to fight the evil with evil: DEATH PENALTY in every corner of the earth.

HELP ME TO MAKE THIS REAL. NOTHING MATTERS, NOT EVEN EARTHQUAKES, before this action of stopping abuse....

Thank you.