11-18 June 2015
Weekly Media Monitoring report for Iran
Posted on July 3, 2015
Compiled by Hussain Shorish
- Iranian Foreign Minister says Muslims should unite to end conflict in Yemen
- Drug seizure rises in Iran over the past three months
- 10 prisoners executed of which two were held publically
1. Iranian Foreign Minister says Muslims should unite to end conflict in Yemen
State Owned Media
Iran Daily (Iran-daily.com)
- Following months of conflict in Yemen, the Saudi government affirmed that the Houthi rebels were backed by the Iranian regime to increase its influence in the regime.
- Iran has continuously denied the allegations as Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javed Zarif says the situation in Yemen is deplorable and instead of pointing fingers, the Muslim world should unite to end the war.
2. Drug seizure rises in Iran over the past three months
State owned media
Fars News Agency (Farsnews.com)
- Every week, Iranian authorities execute and arrest dozens for drug related crimes without trial. The police have an arduous anti-drug campaign but that hasn’t stopped people for committed drug-related crimes.
- However, Iranian Deputy Police Chief Brigadier General Eskander Momeni announced that the Law Enforcement police's seizure of illicit drugs has increased by nearly one-third over a short period.
- The most seized drugs comprise of crystal, heroin and crystal.
3. 10 prisoners executed of which two were held publically
Privately owned media
Iran Human Rights Agency (Iranhr.net)
- On June 16th, two prisoners were hanged to death in public in the city of Sari and Eqlid. They were charged of buying and possessing “7 Kilograms and 270 Grams of crack.” One of the prisoners, Jome Khan E. was an Afghan citizen. The other prisoner was charged for raping a 16-year-old girl.
- Two prisoners were hanged in Rasht Central Prison for buying, selling and possessing cocaine.
Human Rights News Activists Agency (hra-news.org)
- On June 16th, 6 prisoners have been hanged on charge of drug trafficking in the prison of Uremia.
- The agency’s sources claim “the number of executed prisoners in the Central Prison of Uremia since the beginning of Iranian New Year (March 22, 2015) is 28 which is more than the whole number of the last year.”