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Following Amnesty International’s call, the families of two Arab political prisoners condemned to death that referred to the security and judicial organs of the regime in the city of Ahvaz (southwestern Iran) to find out about the fate of their children were threatened with arrest.

Seven political prisoners from Evin Prison wrote a letter calling on the human rights activists and for the intervention of international bodies to stop the trend of depriving prisoners in Iran’s prisons from medical care and treatment.

I, Siyamak Pourshajari, am one of the victims of the tyranny in Iran that because of posting my opinions and criticisms concerning injustice and violation of rights and freedoms of my compatriots in my personal webpage in the internet have been condemned by this regime to four years in prison. As I am writing this letter, I am imprisoned in a room of less than 21 square meters among forty murderers, smugglers and addicts. I am fighting with death every day with my heart problem and diabetics.

Today The resolution of United Nations Human Rights Council to renew the mandate received 21 votes in favor for extended the mandate of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran.

NCRI - The number of known executions worldwide rose to at least 778 last year following a surge in Iraq and Iran, Amnesty International said Thursday.

"The virtual killing sprees we saw in countries like Iran and Iraq were shameful," said Amnesty secretary general Salil Shetty.

At least 778 executions were carried out in 2013, 538 of them in Iran and Iraq, according to Amnesty International report

Source Guardian: Iran and Iraq are responsible for a sharp rise in capital punishment, accounting for more than two-thirds of the world's executions last year.

Although significantly fewer countries use the death penalty today than two decades ago, "killing sprees" in Iran and Iraq helped cause a 15% increase in the number of executions globally, according to Amnesty International's annual survey on death sentences and capital punishment.

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