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On Tuesday, February 18th, 20 people were hanged in Iran. Mehr state-run news agency reports that 3 prisoners were hanged in the central prison of Qazvin, northwest of Tehran, in the early morning on Tuesday. Mullah Esmaeil Sadeqi, the prosecutor general of Qazvin, announced the hangings, adding that “we firmly and seriously confront smugglers”. The names of the hanged were just given by the first letter of their first and last names. The executions were approved by Head of the Judiciary Mullah Sadeq Larijani.
Abolfazl Rajabi, 20, was arrested in August 2013 by police in the town of Miyaneh, in Azerbaijan province, northwestern Iran. He died several days later due to torture at the hands of security forces. His body was buried at his hometown 6 months later on February 16th, 2014. His father, Ali Rajabi, published an audio statement claiming that his son had been murdered at the police station, due to heavy blows to his body.

Mehdi Norousi, 12, an Iranian schoolboy has killed himself in the latest example of children playing 'hanging games' after watching public executions in the regime. He witnessed the hanging of a man convicted of drugs charges on January 28.

Teachers Hadi Rashedi and Hashem Sha’bani Amouri, both members of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority, were executed in secret at the end of January. Three other Ahwazi Arab men remain at risk of execution.

Reports from inside Iran indicate that pressures are mounting against political prisoners of ethnic origin. Othman Mostafapour, a Kurdish political prisoner in Urumiya prison, was sentenced to another 10 years in prison by the revolutionary court. This sentence was handed down to Mostafapour because he got into a scuffle with IRGC forces. Mostafapour has spent the last 22 years and 5 months in Iranian prisons without any leave. This politically active Kurd was arrested in 1991in the Tagor region of Urumiya, and was later condemned to 25 years in prison on the charge of being a member of an opposition Kurdish party.

According to reports from inside Iran on February 13, political prisoner Javad Fouladvand was sentenced to 18 years in prison because of his membership to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and his contact and contribution to Simay-e Azadi, the Iranian Resistance TV, a round the clock satellite television station broadcasting from Europe. This sentence was handed down on February 8.

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