Press briefing notes on Iran, Papua New Guinea and Haiti

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani 
Location: Geneva
 Date: 21 February 2014
1) Iran
We are deeply concerned about the reported spike in executions in Iran since the beginning of this year. In just over seven weeks, at least 80 people have been executed. Some reliable sources indicate the figure could be as high as 95.

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Spain: The bill on universal jurisdiction must be rejected

19 February 2014 – LDDHI – UNIVERSAL IMPUNITY – On 11 February 2014, the Spanish Parliament will examine a bill, sponsored by the Peoples Party, concerning the extension of Spain’s jurisdiction beyond its frontiers. APDHE and FIDH call for this legislative reform to be rejected because it would substantially restrict the application of the principle of universal justice.
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2 Sunni prisoners in critical health condition

Hamed Ahmadi and Jamshid Dehghani

15th February, 2014 -IranSOS- Hamed Ahmadi and Jamshid Dehghani who had finished their hunger strike after 75 days, have faced sever health and physical issues. According to the report of  (HRANA), Hamed Ahmadi and Jamshid Deghani who were on hunger strike for 75 days, from November 4 until January 18, in protest to their death sentences and violation their rights as prisoners, are in bad health condition after 1 month from breaking the strike.

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Release Government Critics from Three-Year House Arrest

Mehdi Karroubi, Mir Hossein Mousavi, and Zahra Rahnavard

(February 14, 2014)—The Iranian government must end the inhumane practice of holding its critics under house arrest for years without due process, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. February 14, 2014, marks three years since Mehdi Karroubi, Mir Hossein Mousavi, and Zahra Rahnavard were placed under a de facto and illegal house arrest in Tehran.

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IRAN: The UN finds the detention of human rights defenders Khosro Kordpour and Massoud Kordpour arbitrary; release and reparation requested

Khosro Kordpour and Massoud Kordpour

Paris-Geneva, February 5, 2014 – In an opinion adopted during its 68th session on November 20, 2013, the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) requested the release of Iranian human rights defenders Khosro Kordpour and Massoud Kordpour from arbitrary detention.

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