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Two political prisoners of Arab speaking minority of Iran who have been in prison since 2011 have been transferred by the intelligence ministry to an unknown location which could mean that their execution is imminent.

Families of dervish political and religious minority prisoners held New Year ceremonies in front of three large prisons of Iran where their loved ones and friends are imprisoned. According to reports from inside Iran, the family of an imprisoned dervish and a number of dervishes of Bandar Abbas (a seaport city south of Iran) held the New Year ceremony on March 20 in front of the Bandar Abbas Central Prison. In the Iranian tradition, family members celebrate the New Year together. 

Ms. Rayhaneh Jabbari, a 26-year-old house decorator, is threatened with hanging. She was arrested on the charge of killing a man called Morteza and has spent seven years in prison. The man, as old as Ms. Jabbari’s father and a retired agent of regime’s intelligence ministry, refers to her office and attempts to rape her. In the ensuing scuffle and in self defense, Rayhaneh Jabbari hits the man with a knife that leads to his death.

Just before the new Persian year, a journalist was sent to exile to a prison in Tabriz, northwestern Iran, and three prisoners from the religious minorities went on a hunger strike in their solitary cells to protest unbearable pressures of prison. Also, a prisoner who is a member of the board of directors of laborer unions was returned back to prison from the hospital before he could have a chance to undergo surgery.

Source: Washington Times- The hangman is out of work in most of the West. Even in the United States, where several states are searching for more “compassionate” ways to kill, capital punishment is not as popular as it used to be.

NCRI-The Iranian regime's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif defended the clerical human rights record in meeting with Austrian members of parliament on Wednesday.

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