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Iran and Iraq account for global rise in capital punishment

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.

Iran: political prisoner held in isolated cell for over six months

Political prisoner Arzhang Davoudi, one of the most renowned political prisoners in Iran, has been held in a building entitled ‘Sharia meeting’; inside a completely isolated cell where no prisoner or prison guard has the right to go to. Only a number of specific guards, members of the prison intelligence and counter intelligence unit linked to the Ministry of Intelligence, are present in this location. These individuals can speak with the prisoner only about his most basic daily needs.

Prison and execution; the Iranian regime’s solution for fighting narcotics

Despite the significant rise in the number of drug addicts in Iran and coincidentally the drop of the addiction age to 13, and the doubling of the number of female addicts, the chief of police for the narcotics department Ali Moayedi stated that the approach towards this social dilemma is one of the establishment’s masterworks and the Iranian regime deserves appreciation in this regard.

IRAN: TWO AHWAZI ARAB MEN RISK IMMINENT EXECUTION

Amnesty International 

UA: 72/14 Index: 13/014/2014 Iran Date: 26 March 2014

URGENT ACTION - TWO AHWAZI ARAB MEN RISK IMMINENT EXECUTION

Two Ahwazi Arab men on death row, Ali Chebieshat and Sayed Khaled Mousawi, have been transferred from Fajr Prison in Dezfoul, Khuzestan province, to an unknown location, sparking fears their execution may be imminent.

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