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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.

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.

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.

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