Petition Tag - execution

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Stop Execution Videos On Youtube Now

Youtube is globally known as a platform for entertainment, fun and information. What most people do not realize is, that there are masses of extremely cruel videos such as videos of execution. These videos are in most cases neither censored nor blocked for users under 18 years. And even if they are blocked, the preview pictures are usually disturbing enough.

Here are some numbers that you find on youtube when you search for these keywords:
"execution": 1.320.000 videos, 48.200 channels, 77.000 playlists
"beheading": 142.000 videos, 2.160 channels, 11.300 playlists
"decapitation": 138.000 videos, 2.590 channels, 17.200 playlists

Of course we have to keep in mind that some results have documental background, some are obvious jokes and some might not even be connected to the subject at all. But the biggest percentage shows the cruel reality of what is going on in some parts of this world. It is not only about people being who were sentenced to death by the law. It is also about public hangings of gay people, the decapitation of women and the shooting of people with a different religion.

Sure, some of you might say, that it's your own fault if you type in those keywords, but please keep this in mind:

1) What if you just search for facts about a recent event or if you make a research about execution methods in a certain century? Do you really want to see the preview pictures of bloody corpses?

2) Think of the younger people - kids and teenagers often search for things out of pure curiosity or because someone else saw the video and told them "it's a fake" and they want to check it out. These kids do not really understand what they might bringt up with a search like that! And once they see these disturbing pictures they can not be made "unseen".

4. 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.

5. Stop the Executions: Iranian Supreme Court confirmed the death sentences of two Ahwazi Arabs

Newly the Iranian Supreme Court has been confirmed the death sentence of Ali Chabeishat and Sayed Khalad Mousavi Ahwazis political detainees who were arrested by the Intelligent Services (Ettelaat) in 11/11/2012. The verdict has been decided by Judge of Branch 4 of the Revolutionary Court in Ahwaz ( case:9109986119901231).

These activists charged with “enemy with God” (Moharebeh), corruption on earth and activities against national security.

6. Two Ahwazi Arabs, Ali Chebieshat and Syed Khalad Mousawi are facing imminent execution

As a result of Iran’s continues violation of human rights in Al-Ahwaz,two political Ahwazi Arabs at risk of imminent execution.In 18 March 2014, Fajer's Prison officials in Deziful city informed families during visiting time that security services transferred prisoners to unknown place. Ali Chebeishat and Sayed Khalad Mousavi from Shush's city in Al- Ahwaz in southern Iran face the death penalty since August 2013.

7. Do not execute Farzad Honarjo - فرزاد هنرجو را اعدام نکنید

Petition to STOP the execution of Farzad Honarjo, a political prisoner sentenced to death by the Iranian government.
كمپین معترضین به اعدام زندانیان اهل سنت زندان رجایی شهر وقزل حصار کرج
December 2, 2013

سه تن دیگر از زندانیان عقیدتی اهل سنت به اعدام محکوم شدند

کیوان مومنی‌فرد، فرزاد هنرجو (ابوبکر) و شاهو ابراهیمی در شعبه ۲۸ دادگاه انقلاب به اعدام محکوم شدند.

بنا به اطلاع گزارشگران هرانا، ارگان خبری مجموعه فعالان حقوق بشر در ایران، این سه زندانی عقیدتی اهل سنت در بهار سال ۱۳۸۹ بازداشت شده بودند در شعبه ۲۸ دادگاه انقلاب به ریاست قاضی محمد مقیسه‌ای به اعدام محکوم شدند.

این حکم که روز پنج‌شنبه ۷ آذر ماه به وکیل ایشان عبدالعظیم ثابتی ابلاغ شده قابل تجدید نظر خواهی است.

یک منبع مطلع در مورد این سه زندانی عقیدتی به گزارشگر هرانا گفت: «عبدالعظیم ثابتی وکیل پرونده این سه زندانی عقیدتی زندان رجایی شهر کرج به ایشان اطلاع داده که حکم اعدام ایشان در شعبه ۲۸ دادگاه انقلاب صادر شده است.»

وی در مورد سابقه این زندانیان و علت صدور چنین حکمی بیان داشت: «کیوان مومنی فرد متولد ۱۳۶۲ در تاریخ ۲۲ خرداد ماه ۸۹ توسط ماموران امنیتی بازداشت شده و به مدت ۱۸ماه در سلول‌های انفرادی اداره اطلاعات سنندج و زنجان به سر برده و در این مدت از شکنجه‌های روحی و جسمی در امان نبوده است. حکم اعدام وی بعد از ۳ سال و نیم بلاتکلیفی در دادگاه انقلاب صادر شده است.»

وی همچنین ادامه داد: «فرزاد هنرجو معروف به ابوبکر یکی از داعیان اهل سنت و از طلاب منطقه کردستان است. او در سال ۱۳۶۹ درشهرستان مریوان، منطقه هورامان روستای دل به دنیا آمد و سپس به شهر مریوان نقل مکان کرد. وی که در حوزه‌های علمی اهل سنت علوم دینی تحصیل می‌کرد در تاریخ ۱۵ اردیبهشت ماه ۱۳۸۹ در شهر مریوان به اتهام اقدام علیه امنیت ملی دستگیر شده و به اطلاعات سنندج منتقل شد. وی ۳ ماه آنجا بود و سپس به اطلاعات زنجان انتقال یافت. او ۱۷ ماه در اطلاعات زنجان به سر برد و سپس به زندان اوین و بعد از آن هم به زندان رجایی شهرکرج انتقال یافت و حدود ۲ سال را در زندان رجایی شهر بصورت بلاتکلیف به‌سر برد بدون اینکه اتهامی به وی تفهیم شود. در ‌‌نهایت هم که شعبه دادگاه مذکور حکم اعدام برایش صادر نمود.»
وی در ادامه گفت: «سید شاهو ابراهیمی متولد ١٣۶۴ شهرستان سنندج، روستای صلوات آباد، دانشجوی ترم ٨ علوم کامپیو‌تر بوده است. وی به علت فعالیت تبلیغی در تاریخ ۲۳ فروردین ماه ۱۳۸۹ زمانی که تنها ۲۴ ساعت از ازدواجش می‌گذشت دستگیر شد. مامورین شاهو ابراهیمی را بعد از دستگیری به اطلاعات سنندج منتقل و مدت ۴ ماه را در سلول‌های آنجا گذراند و بعد از این مدت او را به اطلاعات زنجان منتقل کردند و مدت ۱۷ ماه هم در سلول‌های انفرادی اطلاعات زنجان بود و بعد از این مدت در تاریخ ۲۳ آذر ماه ۱۳۹۰ او را به زندان رجایی شهر کرج انتقال دادند. وی در ‌‌نهایت بعد از گذشت حدود ۴ سال بلاتکلیفی در دادگاه انقلاب به اعدام محکوم شده. شاهو ابراهیمی بعد از گذشت دو سال که از انتقال او به زندان رجایی شهر کرج می‌گذرد هنوز اجازه ملاقات با همسرش را به‌دست نیاورده.»
وی در پایان خاطرنشان کرد: «اتهام این افراد که موجب صدور حکم شد اقدام علیه امنیت کشور از طریق ارتباط با گروههای سلفی عنوان شده که ایشان در تمام طول دادرسی اتهامات انتصابی را تکذیب کرده‌اند.»

8. نگذاریم زانیار و لقمان مرادی را اعدام کنند

درخواست زانيار و لقمان مرادی ازاحمد شهيد؛ نگذارید اعدام شويم

با سلام و احترام جناب آقاي دکتر احمد شهيد
نگارش اين نامه از طرف ما دو نفر زانيار مرادي و لقمان مرادي شايد براي شما تازگي نداشته باشد٬ اما ما دو نفر براي اثبات بي گناهي و نجات دادن جان خود از حکم ناحق اعدام٬ به سازمان ملل و مجامع حقوق بشري تکيه و خواستار کمک هستيم و از آنها ياري ميطلبيم. حتي اگر لازم باشد ما اين نگارش را چندين بار تکرار خواهيم کرد تا بتوانيم از وضعيت دشوار و حکم ناعادلانه و غير انساني اعدام رهايي يابيم. همانطور که قبلا هم به اطلاع شما رسانديم٬ به مدت پنج سال است ما درد و رنجهاي بسياري را تحمل کرده ايم. از سناريو سازيهاي وزارت اطلاعات از کينه و انتقام گيريهايي که جوانان را به نابودي ميکشانند٬ دوري از خانواده هايمان و چيزهايي که شايد بازگو نکردن آن براي ما بهتر باشد تا آن خاطره هاي تلخ و ناگوار را از ياد ببريم. بعد از اين همه مدت تحمل درد و رنجها و خبر رساني ما همچنان درد و خستگي شديدي احساس ميکنيم. اما چيزهايي وجود دارد که مانع گسترش اين زخم ميشود. يکي اينکه سازمانهاي حقوق بشري و سازمان ملل اقدامات انسان دوستانه را در حق ما دريغ نکرده و تا امروز هم زنده ماندن خود را مديون اين سازمانها ميدانيم. ديگري بي گناه بودن خودمان اين اعتماد بنفس را به ما داده است که مرتب اعلام کنيم در حق ما و عليه ما پرونده سازي صورت گرفته است.
همانطور که قبلا هم برايتان نوشته بوديم٬ تمامي مراحل پرونده ما از زمان بازداشت تا اعلام حکم با قانون شکني هاي شديد همراه بوده است. شکنجه هاي شديد و طولاني مدت که منجر به نقض اعضاي بدن ما شده است. يادآوري چندين ماهه زندان انفرادي و عدم امکان ملاقات و حتي تلفن با اعضا ي خانواده٬ تهديدها و توهين ها ي شخصي و اعتقادي و… وادار نمودن ما به اعترافات کاذب و نادرست عليه خود٬ تنها بخش کوچکي از اين قانون شکني هاي مرتبط با پرونده ما است.
جناب دکتر احمد شهيد!
ما هيچ اميدي به پيگيريهاي قانوني جمهوري اسلامي نداشته و نداريم. اما به عنوان دو جواني که در زير حکم اعدام بسر ميبريم و هر لحظه سايه مرگ را بر سر خود مي بينيم٬ از شما انتظار داريم تا با اقدامات وپيگيريهاي موثر خود در جوامع بين المللي٬ حقوق از دست رفته اين دو شهروند کرد و ساير زندانيان سياسي عقيدتي را دنبال نماييد و در جهت احقاق حقوق آنها تلاشهاي لازم را انجام دهيد.
با تشکر زانيار و لقمان مرادي زندان گوهردشت ايران

9. 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.”

10. نه به اعدام دوباره علیرضا

یک متهم قاچاق مواد مخدر که به اعدام محکوم شده بود، یک روز پس از اجرای حکم در زندان بجنورد و تحویل جسد به پزشکی‌قانونی، در سردخانه پزشکی‌قانونی زنده و به بیمارستان منتقل شد.
به‌گزارش جام جم، این مرد ۳۷ ساله که به اتهام حمل و نگهداری یک کیلو شیشه سه سال پیش بازداشت و به اعدام محکوم شده بود، در لحظه اعدام ۱۲ دقیقه بالای دار ماند و با پایین آوردن وی از طناب دار، پزشک مستقر در محل مرگ او را تأیید کرد و با صورتجلسه ای که به امضای او، قاضی اجرای احکام و مسئولان زندان رسید، جسد به پزشکی قانونی منتقل شد تا صبح روز بعد تحویل بستگانش شود. صبح روز بعد یکی از کارگران سردخانه پزشکی قانونی متوجه می‌شود که وی هنوز نفس می‌کشد.
“علیرضا م” مردی که نام کامل او فاش نشده، پس از بستری شدن در بخش مراقبت‌های ویژه بیمارستان و بهبود حال عمومی‌اش، تحت نظر مأموران قرار دارد.
محمد عرفان، قاضی دیوان عدالت اداری در این‌باره گفت: “حکم صادر شده از سوی دادگاه انقلاب، حکم مرگ بوده و اصالت رأی مشخص است و در چنین مواردی حکم بار دیگر با بهبود مرد محکوم، اجرا خواهد شد.”

11. Stop on-going executions in Al-Ahwaz amidst silence and indifference from the international community

Islamic Republic of Iran has and continues to violate basic human rights of Ahwazi Cultural rights activists by imposing death and harsh prison sentences. In a new wave of crackdown against Ahwazi Arabs an Iranian revolutionary court sentenced three activist in an unfair trial after subjecting them to torture at intelligence services facilities. The three men were arrested with six others last November 2012.

These Ahwazi Arabs have been sentenced to death by a notorious judge who is currently the subject of EU sanctions.

Ali Chebeishat (47), Sayed Yasin Mousawi (35) were convicted by judge Seyed Mohammad Bagher Moussavi at Branch 2 of Ahwaz Revolutionary Court. A third activist, Salman Chayan (32), was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment in the city of Yazd; he had been transferred to Fatemeh Alzhra hospital in late July after his health deteriorated in Dezful prison, where he was being held. All three men are members of the Youth of Shush Cultural Institute. Their forced "confessions", following months of torture, have been recorded for broadcast by Iran's English language broadcaster Press TV.

Chebeishat is a well-known poet from the village of Khalaf Kaab Imsallam near Shush. His two sons Hussein (29), married with one child, and Sala Aldin (22) were among those arrested by the intelligence services. They had been attending their mother's mourning ceremony at the time. No arrest warrants were presented.

Chebeishat was subjected to barbaric physical and psychological torture, including the extraction of his fingernails and broken ribs. Some of the torture was carried out in front of his sons. In July, Chebeishat, Mousawi and Chayan staged a hunger strike in protest against their torture and ill-treatment while being held at an intelligence service detention facility in Ahwaz.

The European Council imposed sanctions on judge Moussavi in March after he imposed death sentences on five Ahwazi Arabs - Mohammad Ali Amouri, Hashem Shabani, Hadi Rashedi, Sayed Jaber Alboshoka and Sayed Mokhtar Alboshoka - in March 2012 for "activities against national security" and "enmity against God". The sentences were upheld by Iran's Supreme Court in January 2013.

International organizations at many occasions had condemned the execution of Ahwazi Arabs in Iran, an oppressed and systematically cleansed minority that constitutes the vast majority of Ahwaz province population in the eastern Gulf coast. Islamic Republic of Iran never listened, and never showed mercy to its Arab citizens and continued to execute activists one after another. It is time to take collective action and condemn Islamic Republic of Iran firmly and loudly with faith that the world’s cries will be heard this time, and the activists will return to their families safe and sound.

We urge your respectful organization to condemn and help save the innocent activists whom only crime was defending their human rights.

Yours Respectfully,
European Ahwazi Human Rights Organisation

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 聯署要求中國當局停止處決家暴受害者李彥

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李彥曾報公安,所有有關機構卻不了了之。直至2010年尾,李彥用槍殺害前夫。中國法院在沒有詳情考慮律師提出的大量家暴證據下, 在2011年判處李彥死刑,隨時執行!





Li Yan, a 41 year-old Chinese woman from Sichuan province (South West China), could be EXECUTED any day from now and the Chinese New Year in February.

In late 2010, Li Yan has beaten her husband to death with a gun after suffering months of domestic violence: frequent beatings, having her fingers cut-off, stubbed cigarettes out on her face and was locked outside her home with little clothing during the freezing Sichuan winters. All inflicted by her own husband, despite Li Yan's testimonies about the abuse she suffered and evidence provided by witnesses, the court upheld the death sentence. The court did not put her history of domestic violence into consideration.

China is one of the top executors in our world. There is currently no statistics that show that death penalty can effectively deter people from committing crimes and reduce crime rate. Death penalty is a serious violation of human rights, which states commit murder under the disguise of justice. If you agree that Li Yan's execution should be halted, please spare a few seconds, support our petition to pressurize the relevant Chinese authorities.

15. Free Iranian Blog Admin Ahmad Reza Hashempour, Sentenced To Death For "Blasphemous Websites"

Ahmad Reza Hashempour, a 40-year-old Ph.D., was arrested in 2007. A lower court had sentenced him to death, and in January 2012 the Supreme Court upheld Hashempour's death sentence on charges of "membership in anti-religion and blasphemous websites."

During his four-year detention, Ahmad Reza Hashemour spent a long time inside the Revolutionary Guards' solitary cells, where he was physically and psychologically tortured to make television confessions against himself. The Revolutionary Guards website, published an article in April 2009, referring to Ahmad Reza Hashempour as "a sixth suspect in the case of 'Mozelleen 3.'" This refers to a case fabricated against several bloggers by the Organized Crime Surveillance Center of the Revolutionary Guards, which has played an active role in tracking down and arresting outspoken netizens.

Many of the suspects in this case, who were arrested by the Revolutionary Guards and its website, were forced to make television confessions against themselves and to accept the charges leveled against them.

Several individuals implicated in this case released open letters several months after their arrests, speaking up about unbearable torture during their detention period. Another suspect in this case, Vahid Asghari, was also sentenced to death in January 2012, after four years in prison.

To sign the petition for Vahid Asghari, Please see:

16. Re-investigate Officer MacPhail's Murder

September 21, 2011, Troy Anthony Davis was executed for the shooting death of Savannah, GA police officer, Mark MacPhail. Davis used his last words to affirm his innocence and request that we "keep fighting this fight" to clear his name.

MacPhail's murder investigation was faulty, and Davis's guilt remains doubtful in the minds of people worldwide. Over a million people signed petitions and joined marches and rallies to save Troy Davis.

Kim Davis wrote: "The case against my brother Troy consisted entirely of witness testimony which contained inconsistencies even at the time of the trial. Since then, seven out of nine witnesses from the trial have recanted or contradicted their testimony [exceptions being Redd Coles and his friend]."

Background on MacPhail's murder and the original investigation is at this article:

We hereby honor Troy Davis's request by petitioning the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and the U.S. Department of Justice to re-investigate the murder of Officer MacPhail.



In Iran, a court has sentenced four men from the town of Choram, in the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, to death by hanging for sodomy.

Four men named ‘Saadat Arefi’, ‘Vahid Akbari’, ‘Javid Akbari’ and ‘Houshmand Akbari’ are due to be executed shortly after their verdict was approved recently by high court judges, according to a report from the Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA) in Iran.

The four men are said to be from the town of Choram, in the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province of Iran.

According to HRANA and JOOPEA, these four men will be hanged for sodomy according Shari’a law.

A gay activist based in Iran said: ‘Although being gay is not a crime based on Iranian criminal law but this is the most clear statement against same sex-acts in past months.’

He added that ‘there wereof our other men hanged in past five months.’

London based Iranian Human Rights Lawyer, Mehri Jafari said: ‘I am horrified and saddened to have heard the news about these four men. Not only with regards to the execution which is about to take place, but the fact that is beyond our control.

‘There are two important issues in this case; the location of the alleged occurrence and the interpretation of the Sharia’ law that a Hodud (strict Sharia punishment) is eminent. Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad is one of the most undeveloped provinces in Iran and it is obvious that a lack of access to lawyers and fair trial can be considered a serious issue in this case. After this announcement it is very likely that the execution will be carried out soon, and the remote location makes it difficult to exert any influence on the process.’

Mehri further pleaded: ‘I hope international organisations act quickly and effectively on this specific case.’

Gorji Marzban chairperson of the Austrian-based Oriental Queer Organization (ORQOA) said: ‘The recent death sentence for the four Iranian men is a shocking reality and demonstrates the discrepancy between Western and Islamic perception of queer life. The rhetoric of announcement makes the link between same-sex sexual activity, or sodomy with corporal punishment very clear. Last month the Iranian authorities hanged a young man and the local news agencies/authorities were intentionally unclear about the reason for the death penalty. In the case of these four men we have a clear text attributing the reason for hanging is sodomy.

‘The judicial denial of same-sex relationships in Iran stems from its relationship to Shari’a law and patriarchy. This is a warning signal not only for the queer population of Iran but also for all types of gender inclusive the heterosexuals who have sexual relations outside marriage.

‘The death penalty has failed to eradicate homosexuality from Iran but it was successful to force queer people into the closets. Sooner or later any Islamic community is obliged to integrate queer people. We believe that Iranians should gain more gender equality and rights and wholly condemn such an archaic sentence to murder which is inherently unislamic!’

Human Rights Watch (HRW) in its 2011 - We are a Buried Generation: Discrimination and Violence Against Sexual Minorities in Iran - stated that because trials on moral charges in Iran are usually held in closed sessions, it is difficult to determine what proportion of those charged and executed for same-sex conduct are gay and in what proportion the alleged offense was consensual.

Because of the lack of transparency, Human Rights Watch said: ‘It cannot be ruled out that Iran is sentencing sexual minorities who engage in consensual same-sex relations to death under the guise that they have committed forcible sodomy or rape.’

The issue of the death penalty for same-sex acts is further compounded by the fact that the Iranian legal code does not differentiate between rape and homosexual acts.

Furthermore, in many cases, it is often unclear whether the accused has actually committed a sexual act or it is a mere accusation based on some dispute. Even in the cases where the same-sex act has happened, often it is not clear whether the individuals involved are actually gay or it is an occasional act of sexual gratification.

Iranian Human Rights activists constantly note the fact that the two genders are strictly segregated increases the tendency for same-sex acts among the youth, in a phenomena that is also similarly known in single gender prisons. Indeed this phenomenon happens throughout highly segregated societies in the Middle East and North Africa.


18. 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.

19. Help to stop the death penatly in USA!

Please help to stop death penalty in the USA.

20. Tell Bulgaria: The indiscriminate slaughter of stray animals is genocide and fascism in its purest form

For decades all lost, abandoned and stray dogs and cats in Bulgaria have been subject to horrific abuse and mass extermination by the State and its institutions.

Barb wired death camps, called "isolators", especially designed for mass murder, have been operational all over the country, where millions of innocent, defenseless souls have perished in most despicable, cruel ways, tortured and killed by sadists and perverts, employed by the State. While the death machine pounding, the State propaganda has been engaged in "rationalization of murder" and disengagement of the moral standards of society by portraying such inhumane behavior toward sentient beings as socially acceptable and even desirable, by degrading and dehumanizing homeless animals, portraying them as vicious, dangerous beasts praying on humans. Moreover under such conditions of low moral standards and displaced responsibility, bloodthirsty morons, vigilantes and "concerned citizens", have been engaging systematically in animal "hunts" and various barbaric acts of animal torture and abuse, portrayed by the media as "solving the problem".

There was hope in 2007, when as a result of numerous petitions and complaints by Bulgarian citizens and NGOs regarding the serious welfare problems of stray animals, the European Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals wrote to the Bulgarian authorities, reminding them that Bulgaria has ratified the European Council's Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals which makes it a binding obligation to take measures in this field. The Intergroup expressed hopes that the Bulgarian institutions would engage in the legislative process by voting and enacting effective measures to solve the problems of stray animals without recurring to a simple "catch and kill policy", which has proven to be completely ineffective and which is moreover unacceptable on moral and ethical grounds. As a consequence in 2008 the Animal Welfare Act was passed in Parliament, according to which TNR /trap, neuter and return/ programs were to be carried out for the humane solution of the stray animal overpopulation problem.

Sadly, in a country eaten by corruption, populism and greed, hatred prevailed. The Government, accustomed to solving all political, economic and social problems by murder, not only failed to enforce the Act but actively sabotaged it. The killings continued while the State institutions did all they could to destroy whatever evidence and records existed as to the numbers they knew they had murdered.

And it got worse. Irritated by the fact that not only the morality but the legality of their actions was constantly challenged by various animal welfare and animal rights organizations, the State decided to fight back. On the 4th of April 2012, the Minister of Agriculture - Miroslav Naydenov officially announced that following orders by the Prime minister - Bojko Borisov, he would start a legislative initiative to change back the Animal Welfare Act and Ordinance 41, and thus legalize again the indiscriminate, mass slaughter of stray dogs and cats. Moreover he promised he would make all necessary legal changes as to completely cut out the NGOs and animal rights activists from the decision making process and curtail their rights to inspect, challenge and control State institutions and their activities.

This is truly disgusting, unlawful and unacceptable in the 21st century in a country member of the EU, pretending to be civilized. This truly is genocide and fascism in its purest form.

21. Sign the Petition to Boycott Georgia and Abolish the Death Penality!

In light of the Georgia’s execution of Troy Anthony Davis on September 21, 2011, those who oppose the death penalty have called to action a boycott of Georgia’s GNP and the Corporations that support it.

Troy’s execution was considered to be a lynching by entities whom have taken over our legal system in Georgia.

We “the People” did everything, we petitioned, we protested peacefully, we begged and we pleaded for the Government of Georgia to do the right thing.


22. Stop Execution of Assad Taghizadeh

Assad Taghizadeh, an Iranian park ranger employed by Iran's Department of Environment, was on duty enforcing the national law at Dena preserved Area when confronted a group of 5 armed Illegal hunters who had hunted a wild goat.

According to Mehr News Agency, Illegal hunters fired at the park rangers when they were chased. At which point, Assad fired back at them in self defence, using his licenced firearm, that resulted the death of one of the illegal hunters unintentionally.

Mr Taghizadeh was tried for manslaughter in 2007 and found guilty. He was consequently sentenced to Death Penalty and his sentence has been approved by Iran's supreme court which is feared to take place in early future.

According to RAHANA, lack of appropriate firearms and legal training for rangers by Iran's Department of Environment (Employer Liability) could have also contributed to death of the hunter.

Iran's Shria based penal code permits Retribution (Qesas) and this has been demanded by the victim's family however numerous attempts to seek their pardon of Mr Taghizadeh have rendered fruitless.

It is worth mentioning that in the last 30 years, 110 park and forest rangers were killed and 450 others were handicapped In Iran in the line of duty as stated by Iran's Research Institute of Forests and Ranges.


Mehr News Agency:

Research Institute of Forests & Ranges:

اسد تقی زاده محیط بان ایرانی در سال ۱۳۸۶ دریک درگیری با پنج شکارچی غیر قانونی مسلح در منطقه حفاظت شده دنا که یک کل وحشی را در ارتفاع سه هزار متری شکار کرده بودند، درگیر شد و پس از اینکه شکارچیان مسلح به سمت محیط بانانی که آنها را تعقیب می کردند شلیک کردند، در دفاع از خویش بسوی یک نفر از آنان شلیک نمود که متاسفانه منجر به فوت شکارچی گشت. این محیط بان به جرم قتل غیر عمد، محاکمه و حکم قصاص وی صادر شد که توسط دیوان عالی کشور نیز تایید شد .خطر اعدام وی در آینده نزدیک وجود دارد. با امضای این پتیشن خواهان توقف اعدام، تجدید نظر در پرونده و ابطال حکم غیر منصفانه و غیر انسانی اعدام هستیم.


In the past 32 years, the Iranian fascist regime has executed tens of thousands of Iranians--mostly prisoners of conscience and members of minority religious groups. We believe that no one is entitled to take another person's life. This motivated us to start a 10,000,000-signature campaign to abolish death penalty in Iran.

در طی سی و دو سال گذشته رژیم حاکم بر ایران به نام دین دهها هزار ایرانی را اعدام کرده است که اکثر آنان دگر اندیشان مذهبی و زندانیان سیاسی بوده اند. ما معتقدیم تنها خداوند است که جان میدهد و حق دارد جان بگیرد. این کمپین به منظور جمع آوری حد اقل ده میلیون (10000000) امضاء برای لغو قانون اعدام در ایران راه اندازی شده است. به ما بپیوندید

24. Free Dr Mohammad Ali Salmani Nodoushan

Dr. Mohammad Ali Salmani Nodoushan was arrested in Iran on Thursday August 25, 2011. He has been taken to unknown place.

On Farvardin 27, 1370 (April 16,1991) Mohammad married a sophomore student—named Fariba Moradalizadeh—from his same university. Fariba’s Mother, Mrs Soroor Ziaii, was a close relative of Effat Marashi, the-then-Iranian president’s wife, so he found himself in the in-group of Hashemi Rafsanjani’s family and tribe.

Dr Salmani Nodoushan has been a political dissident, a human-rights activist, and a freedom fighter in Iran. In the past 20 years he has been detained and tortured several times.

Recently, Fariba Moradalizadeh, Dr Salmani Nodoushan’s ex-wife, has gained upon some information that indicates Dr Salmani Nodoushan has been a Christian since 1993. She has written to some Grand Ayatollahs, and they have decreed that Dr Salmani Nodoushan must be put to the sword based on Islamic laws.

This time, the Iranian regime may want to use his conversion as a pretext to execute him.

25. Overturn the Death Sentence of Iranian Christian Youcef Nadarkhani for "Apostasy"

Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, lawyer for Youcef Nadarkhani, a Protestant Christian pastor charged with apostasy, refuted reports by some media outlets that his client’s death sentence has been upheld. “Fortunately, on Tuesday, 27 June, Youcef Nadarkhani’s death sentence was overturned by the Supreme Court in Qom and it is on hold until Mr. Nadarkhani repents [i.e. renounces his Christianity]. But still, in this ruling it has been stipulated that in case Nadarkhani does not repent, his case file would once again be sent back to the lower court in Rasht. In a way, a complete overturning of the apostasy verdict depends on Nadarkhani’s repentance,” he told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

“Because apostasy is not mentioned in Iran’s penal code, and apostasy is not considered a crime, then the court has to consider Mr. Nadarkhani’s case in the context of [the crime] ’insulting the Prophet of Islam.’ In this respect, since my client has not made any insults, he can tell the same to the court. Anyhow, that is all in the future and has to do with my client’s explanation. I am hoping that the death sentence will never be confirmed,” said Mohammad Ali Dadkhah about his client’s repentance.

Previously, family members and associates of Nadarkhani told the Campaign that officials from the Judiciary and the Ministry of Intelligence tried to force the pastor to repent and renounce his Christian conversion. So far, Nadarkhani has maintained that he has never done anything against Islam and will not renounce his faith. “Pastor Youcef has not budged,” said a close associate of his from Rasht.

Youcef Nadarkhani is a 32-year old pastor who was born to Muslim parents. He converted to Christianity at the age of 19. Before his arrest in October 2009, Nadarkhani led a congregation of about 400 Christians in Rasht. The congregation is part of a nationwide evangelical group called the Church of Iran, many of whose members have been arrested and prosecuted since 2009. On 23 August 2010, Nadarkhani’s apostasy death sentence was upheld by Branch Eleven of the Appeals Court of Gilan Province. Nadarkhani is currently being held in Rasht Prison, where he was able to visit with his wife in March, after having not seen each other in a long time. Ever since he has once again been denied visitation with his family.

NOTE: Pastor Nadarkhani's lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, mentioned above, has himself been sentenced to nine years in prison for his work as a human rights lawyer. He is appealing this draconian sentence. Please also sign the petition calling for the overturn of this illegal sentence:

If the death penalty is carried out, it will be the first official hanging for apostasy and conversion to Christianity in the last twenty years.

On December 3, 1990, Pastor Hussein Sodmand was hanged in Mashhad Prison for refusing to give up his Christian faith. Pastor Sodmand is the only priest who has been officially executed by the Islamic Judiciary Branch for apostasy and conversion to Christianity.

26. Review Illegal Treatment to Ansar Imam Al Mahdi

To all respected news media and Human Rights organizations,

Three years ago, in the month of Muharram 2008, the Iraqi Government forces along with American and British forces attacked a group of followers of Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan in the cities of Basra and Al-Nasiriyah. The Iraqi government admitted that they killed 400 in the attack. When they arrested the rest of the Ansar in Basra and sent them to Baghdad, they let them loose after it was made known through interrogation that they did not commit any crimes.

So what is the difference in the events of Al Nasiriyah?

Those that were attacked in Al Nasiriyah by some scholars and the higher council group, were tortured with the worse kind of torture in the governor's house. We ask the question... are there prisoners that are transferred to the house of the governor and tortured at the hands of some scholars?

By what law is that?

Then they arranged for them a trial and with false confessions that they wrote, and they judged them with execution. And when this case turned into discrimination, it remained for two years after the discrimination court decided to counter the judgment, but there are political pressures upon the discrimination court to validate the judgments.

Finally some of the Scholars and the Higher council took advantage of the crimes of Al Qaeda and the people's demands to prosecute them and execute them to pass the execution of 24 of the followers of Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan and life imprisonment to 15 of the Ansar with them.

The Matter of validating the judgment of executing the Ansar is a political execution 100 percent, as there are political forces who wish to execute the Ansar along with the wave of Al Qaeda criminal executions, which in no way relate.

The Iraqi government has confessed to the crime of killing 400, only due to their religious beliefs, and we ask, is this the new democracy that is being built in Iraq? As you read this, they are in the process of executing another 24, who have committed no crime, and imprisoning another 15 to life sentences, due to their religious beliefs.

Accompanied Files:

The Martyr Mujtava who was shot and left to bleed to death while being beat in the incidents that took place in the infamous month of Muharram.

See how the big scholars are inciting violence against the Ansar simply because of their belief.

Al Fayad is here clearly asking the government to obliterate and bury the Ansar of Imam Mahdi a.s. in their place: ... icle&id=41

The burning of the Library of the Ansar in Basra

Archive of photos of the destruction of the Husseiniya and Mosque of the Ansar of Imam Mahdi a.s.

EVERY NIGHT AT 9pm Mecca Time - the show- by what law is this? concerning what is happening against the Ansar, so join in the paltalk room

27. President B. Assad should be brought to Justice

In the past few months Bashar Al Assad, the president of Syria, has used his country’s military against his own citizens. Furthermore, he has ordered for a mass execution of those who have been rebelling against his dictatorship.

Syria is not the only country that is being pressurized for the reforms and changes in its governing practices. Some other conflicts occurring in the same region include Hosni Mubarak’s removal from Egypt, as well as the rebellious activities, in Libya, Bahrain, and Yemen, following this event. Libya, currently under pressure through NATO attacks and other sanctions, imposed on the Gaddafi regime to stop innocent killings and brutality.

In Syria the current ruling government is Shia Islam whereas the majority of the people are from Sunni Islam. Assad has kept the country under a state of emergency since 1963, suspending the constitution and overruling many human rights. Broadcasting, foreign media and other sources of communication are being strictly monitored in order to prevent rebel activity. Assad has murdered thousands of protestors and there is little known information concerning the numbers still suffering from his brutality.

Syria’s ruling Shia government claims to have an Islamic constitution and leadership. According to any Shia law, mostly followed through the first Imam (leadership position in Shia Islam), and the preaching’s of Holy Prophet Muhammad (the prophet of Islam and the last messenger of God), killing an unarmed civilian is against the law and is strictly condemned by previous Imams. Not only condemned but many examples have been left behind by them as to how they dealt with revolts and rebellions without killing any innocent civilian.

Assad’s acts have not condemned by any religious cleric nor has any fatwa (a legal pronouncement in Islam, issued by a religious law specialist on a specific issue) been passed by the supreme leaders of Shia Islam. A list of previous fatwas passed by religious clerics can be viewed at the following link One example listed here is that of the famous fatwa to kill Salman Rushdie due to blasphemy against the prophet of Islam. Someone who has not been ruling according the proper laws of Islam, although he may claim to be doing so, is a blasphemy against the teachings of prophet of Islam and a misrepresentation of the religion.

The killing of protestors in Bahrain has been recognized by many Shia leaders and clerics, since the majority population of Bahrain is Shia Muslims ruled by a Sunni Government, but in contrast to Syria the ruling government is Shia Muslim in a Sunni dominating population. In taking a broader look at these countries current governmental situations, it is not religion that rules, but rather dominating and power-hungry dictators.

On a positive note, unlike Syria, Bahrain’s situation is under control and the media was given permission to carry out independent news reporting. In Syria it has been more than a few months and thousands have been executed without any valid reason, except for the sole purpose of protecting the ruling government.

It is mentioned in the Holy Quran (the holy book in Islam claimed to be God’s word) that killing any innocent person is equal to killing the whole of mankind. (5:32): “For that cause we decreed for the Children of Israel that whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and who so saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind. Our messengers came unto them of old with clear proofs (of Allah's Sovereignty), but afterwards lo! Many of them became prodigals in the earth.”

28. Ban executions, stonings, torture and discrimination in Iran

ما مجازات واحکام غیر انسانی اعدام، سنگسار،شلاق وشکنجه درهرشکل آن را درشأن مردم کشورمان ایران با پشتوانه تمدنی کهن نمی دانیم.

ما سرکوب و کاربرد خشونت، محکومیت ها و مجازاتهای وحشیانه را درخور شهروندان کشور خود ندانسته و خواهان لغو و محو اینگونه مجازاتها از سرزمین مان ایرانیم.

ما خواهان حقوق دمکراتیک برای زنان و جدایی دین از حکومت هستیم.

ما برآنیم که وابستگی دستگاه قضایی ودادگاه های انقلاب و دادسراها به سران حاکمیت جمهوری اسلامی و تبعیت آنها از منافع و مصالح سیاسی اقتصادی حکومتگران اسلامی، مانع از اجرای عدالت شده و درمقابل مطلق گرایی و سرکوبگری چنین دستگاهی، جان، مال و حیثیت هرشهروند ایران درخطر است.

ما خواهان لغو همه احکام غیرانسانی اعدام، سنگسار، وثیقه های ویرانگر و شکنجه درهرشکل آن هستیم.

29. Stop Persecution of Iranian Baha'i Citizen Vajiollah Mirza-Golpour

Bahai citizen, Vajihollah MirzaGolpour was released today (Monday, May 9th) on a $10.000 bail.

According to House of Human Rights in Iran,RAHANA, Tonekabon's attorney general issued the bail on Sunday but eventhough Mr.MirzaGolpour's family had managed to provide the bail , the release procedure was not completed as an expert opinion was needed to determine the value of the bail(the document used as the bail) today, with the confirmation from an expert, Mr.MirzaGolpour was released after eleven days of arrest,torture and public insult. (NOTE: This does not mean the end of his persecution, as many prisoners of conscience released on exorbitant bail have continued to face various forms of harassment, including summons to interrogation and even re-imprisonment.)

Previous news of persecution:

Baha’i citizen Vajiollah Mirza-Golpour who had been led around the city with shackles in order to be humiliated has been transferred to the Execution Ward.

His family stated that during their prison visit, he stated that he is held in the execution ward of prison.

His interrogator has informed him that he will undergo a harsh interrogation in the upcoming days. Golpour is suffering from heart problems and is deprived of the basic rights of a prisoner. He has to sleep on the ground in prison.

30. Save Houtan Kian, Lawyer for Sakineh Ashtiani, from Execution!

According to the latest news received by the International Committees against Stoning and Execution, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s judiciary has sentenced Mr. Kian to four consecutive death sentences! Three of these have been revoked, but the fourth, which is to be execution by the method of hanging, is to be carried out. Mr. Kian has been told that his sentence will be implemented imminently.

Mr. Kian was arrested on October 10, 2010, along with two German reporters and Mrs. Ashtiani’s son, Sajjad Ghaderzadeh. He was first imprisoned in Tabriz, Iran and was later moved to section 209 of the infamous Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran. Our latest news from Mr. Kian is that he has been under prolonged and severe torture, and that his body is covered with bruises and cigarette burns. He has been transferred to the prison in Tabriz, Iran where they are planning his execution.

Mr. Kian’s mother, who resides in America, is currently in Iran to help release her son; however, she has been forbidden to talk to reporters and she is not allowed to leave Iran. Her husband, Houtan’s father, was executed by the Islamic Republic regime in 1981.

In a recent statement issued after the release of the two German reporters, the Islamic Republic has declared guilty and upheld the sentence for the fourth detainee, Mr. Kian.

Mr. Kian is a lawyer. He has represented prisoners who are on death row in Iran. And his most famous client is Sakineh Ashtiani.

We ask all human rights organization, at both local and international levels, as well as all groups and individuals who have been active in advocating for Sakineh’s release, to urgently call upon the Iranian regime to immediately release both Houtan Kian and Sakineh Ashtiani.

(Information courtesy of International Committee Against Stoning)