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May 5-11, 2014

Weekly Media Monitoring report for Iran
Posted on May 19, 2014

Contents

Compiled by Myriam Ménard

  1. AT LEAST FOUR EXECUTIONS CARRIED OUT IN IRAN
  2. A DETAINED SUNNI CITIZEN PREVENTED FROM GOING TO COURT
  3. A BAHA’I CITIZEN ARRESTED TO SERVE A PRISON TERM

1. AT LEAST FOUR EXECUTIONS CARRIED OUT IN IRAN
PRIVATELY OWNED MEDIA

HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS NEWS AGENCY
“One person was executed in Semnan”, affiliated with the Human Rights Activists in Iran, Tehran, in Persian, 5 May 2014

  • One person convicted for murder was executed in Semnan central prison on May 5, 2014.

HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS NEWS AGENCY
“An individual convicted for murder was publicly executed in Saveh”, affiliated with the Human Rights Activists in Iran, Tehran, in Persian, 9 May 2014

  • A prisoner convicted for murdering a disciplinary official was publicly executed in Saveh, Markazi Province, on May 7, 2014. 

HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS NEWS AGENCY
“Three prisoners were executed in Qom”, affiliated with the Human Rights Activists in Iran, Tehran, in Persian, 9 May 2014

  • Two prisoners convicted on charges of drug trafficking and one convicted for murder were executed in Qom’s Central Prison, Qom Province, on May 7, 2014. 
Social media
  • GOLNAZ ESFANDIARI, @GEsfandiari, affiliated with Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Washington, DC., in English, 7 May 2014
  • MAHMOOD AMIRY-MOGHADDAM, @iranhr, affiliated with Iran Human Rights, Oslo, in Persian, 9 May 2014 
    • Five prisoners were executed in Mashhad, Semnan, Maragheh and Sanandaj.

2. A DETAINED SUNNI CITIZEN PREVENTED FROM GOING TO COURT
PRIVATELY OWNED MEDIA

HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS NEWS AGENCY
“Preventing Shahram Ahmadi from going to court”, affiliated with the Human Rights Activists in Iran, Tehran, in Persian, 5 May 2014

  • Shahram Ahmadi, a Sunni citizen detained in Raja’i Shahr prison in Karaj, Alborz Province, was prevented from attending a court session following his refusal to wear a prison uniform on May 5, 2014.
  • Ahmadi, who was arrested on April 26, 2009, was detained in Evin prison for 33 months, before being transferred to Raja’i Shahr prison.
  • His younger brother, Behram Ahmadi, was also arrested in Sanandaj, Kurdistan Province, in 2009 and was executed in Ghezel Hesar prison, Karaj, along with 5 other Sunni citizens, on December 26, 2011.
Social media
  • SUNNI PRISONERS IRAN, @SunniPrisoners, affiliated with the International Campaign for Sunni Prisoners in Iran, in English, 5 May 2014

3. A BAHA’I CITIZEN ARRESTED TO SERVE A PRISON TERM
PRIVATELY OWNED MEDIA

HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS NEWS AGENCY
“Nasim Ashrafi, a Baha’i citizen, was arrested”, affiliated with the Human Rights Activists in Iran, Tehran, in Persian, 6 May 2014

  • Nasim Ashrafi, a Baha'i citizen previously sentenced to a one-year prison term on religious grounds, was arrested by security forced and transferred to Evin prison on May 6, 2014.
  • Ashrafi was sentenced to three years of imprisonment by the Branch 28 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court on charges of “propaganda against the regime” and “connivance with Baha’i institutions” on June 12, 2013.
  • Her sentenced has been reduced to one year of imprisonment by Tehran’s Appeals Court. 
Social media
  • UNLOCK IRNA, @UnlockIran, affiliated with the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, New York, in English, 7 May 2014
  • GOLNAZ ESFANDIARI, @GEsfandiari, affiliated with Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Washington, DC., in English, 9 May 2014
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