Crash of Iranian built plane leaves 39 dead

An IrAn-140 Sepahan Air passenger plane bound for Tabas in northeast Iran crashes near Tehran’s Mehrabad airport, killing at least 39 people. (Reuters)

By Associated Press August 10 2014, TEHRAN, Iran — A locally built Iranian passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran on Sunday, killing 39 people and reviving questions about the safety of a cash-strapped aviation sector left hobbled by international sanctions.

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Seyed Jamal Hosseini, editor of HRANA found dead in Turkey

Seyed Jamal Hosseini

HRANA – Seyed Jamal Hosseini (Esfandiar Baharmas), editor and a senior member of Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRANA), was found dead in his office by Turkish authorities last night. Authorities believe that he had passed a few hours prior to their arrival.

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Journalists Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi Held in Secret Detention Center

July 30 2014 – The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned that the journalists Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi, who were detained in Tehran on July 22, 2014, are being held in an unknown location. Except for a phone call to their families the day after their detention, the two journalists have not been allowed any contact with the outside world.

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Iran: Open Letter to the European Union High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Paris, 22 July 2014 – Subject: Imminent risk of execution of juvenile offenders in Iran
Dear Ms Ashton,
FIDH wishes to bring to your attention the cases of Mr. Rasoul Holoumi, aged 22, and Ms. Razieh Ebrahimi, aged 21, both sentenced to death in 2010 for crimes committed when they were minors. These two young people are at risk of imminent execution, in contradiction with international law and human rights principles.
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Iran Urged To Halt Execution Of Juvenile Offender

07-15-2014 – RTT News – Prominent rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday urged Iran to halt the execution of a young man who was a child at the time of his alleged crime. The rights group stressed that Iranian authorities must act to reverse a disturbing rise in the execution of juvenile offenders, noting that at least eight individuals being put to death in the first half of 2014 for crimes allegedly committed when they were below the age of 18.

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New Study Shows Leading Iranian Figures Support Nuclear Negotiations

July 16, 2014 – In a study released by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today, Voices from Iran: Strong Support for the Nuclear Negotiations, prominent members of Iranian civil society expressed their strong support for the P5+1 nuclear negotiations between Iran and the world powers.

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Iran frees hunger-striking dissident Mehdi Khazali on health grounds

Mehdi Khazal, photographed in 2012. He was serving a six-year jail sentence for acts against national security and spreading propaganda against the regime. Photograph: Maryam Majd/AFP/Getty Images

Monday 14 July 2014 – theguardian – IRNA news agency says 48-year-old, who was taken to hospital after going on hunger strike, is deemed too ill to return to jail. Iranian dissident Mehdi Khazali, who was serving a six-year prison sentence for acts against national security and spreading propaganda against the regime, has been freed on health grounds.

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ITF demands Shahabi release

Reza Shahabi

11. July 2014 – The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has demanded the release of Reza Shahabi, the imprisoned Iranian trade unionist and prisoner of conscience. Shahabi, who is the treasurer of the ITF member union the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (otherwise known as the Vahed union), was unjustly arrested in 2010 and is now on a hunger strike.
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New Report Reveals Iranian State TV’s Continued Human Rights Violations

July 8, 2014—The United States should reinstate sanctions on Iran’s state TV and radio broadcasting agency, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), for the continuation of its widespread human rights violations, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. The US Treasury had issued a six-month waiver of IRIB sanctions in February 2014, which expires in August.

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Free Hadi Esmaeilzadeh, a human rights lawyer

July 3, 2014 – According to the information received, Mr. Hadi Esmaeilzadeh was recently informed of his sentencing on May 31, 2014 by Branch 15 of the Islamic Revolution Court to a total of four years of imprisonment, including three years for the charge of “assembly and collusion with intent to commit anti-security crimes” based on membership of “an illegal organisation” – i.e. the DHRC – and one year for “spreading propaganda against the State.”

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