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degradation of Iranian youthIran-HRM, April 22, 2021: The state security forces have paraded 34 young men in the streets to punish them for attending the Iranian fire festival which was heled on March 16, the state-run IRNA news agency reported today.

The public degradation was carried out in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad with the presence of Judge Seyed Hadi Shariatyar, Deputy of Crime Prevention of the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office of Mashhad.


 

2 Kurdish  citizens have been  sentenced to a total of 13 years in prison by the Iranian judiciary for participating in the November 2019 protests in Kermanshah.

Hengaw, April 12, 2021: According to a report received by  Hengaw Human Rights Organization, in recent days, 2 Kurdish citizens, Jalal Namdari from Kermanshah and Saeed Khaledi from Paveh, have been tried and sentenced to prison by the  First Branch of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Court in Kermanshah for participating in the November 2019 protests

According to the verdict, Jalal Namdari was sentenced to five years in prison for "acting against national security" through cooperation with the Mojahedin Khalq Organization of Iran, and for "gathering and colluding to commit a crime" by participating in and encouraging people to participate in the November 2019 protests.  He has been sentenced to 3 years imprisonment, which according to the law of aggregation of severe sentences, the objective punishment is 5 years imprisonment.

 


According to reports from Nigeria, Boko Haram Islamists have kidnapped dozens of women and girls. The events throw further doubt on talks supposed to result in the freedom of 200 other young women taken in April.

Duetsche Welle - According to media reports, Boko Haram militants have kidnapped girls and women in new attacks in Nigeria's northeast.

The Reuters news agency interviewed residents in a town in Adamawa state, where at least 25 girls were taken. Parents who lost their children said the kidnappers came late in the night, forcing all the women to go with them and then later releasing the older ones.

Nigeria's The Punch news website reported that dozens of women and girls were taken from two villages on Saturday by suspected members of Boko Haram.


Grisly executions rival only populous China

By Guy Taylor - The Washington Times - Thursday, June 25, 2015

Many in Iran's political hierarchy are hoping that a nuclear deal with the U.S. and other world powers will pave the way for the Islamic republic's full return to the international community, ending years of political isolation and economic sanctions.

But at least on one big issue Iran remains an outlier. After China, Iran is the world's biggest practitioner of capital punishment, executing hundreds of prisoners annually through an opaque legal system that human rights groups say also puts scores of political prisoners behind bars.

Most rights groups agree that Iran is on pace to hang more than 1,000 people this year, many of them from construction cranes in public squares. When coupled with the heavily criticized nature of the nation's judiciary, the executions present fodder for critics of the Obama administration's drive to strike a deal with Tehran and transform Iran into a more "normal" nation.


New York Times – HONG KONG — The police in Beijing have detained one of China’s most prominent rights advocates, the latest in a series of arrests that critics said showed the Communist Party’s determination to silence campaigners who have challenged the party to act on its vows to expose official corruption and respect rule of law.

The rights advocate, Xu Zhiyong, was held by the public transportation police on Tuesday on charges of “assembling a crowd to disrupt order in a public place,” although he has been under informal house arrest for more than three months, his wife, Cui Zheng, confirmed by telephone on Wednesday. Liu Weiguo, a lawyer whom Mr. Xu had earlier asked to represent him, said he was baffled that Mr. Xu, a legal scholar accustomed to police pressure, could be accused of thwarting his guards and starting a public ruckus.


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