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Internationl Federation for Human Right's report on Iran Print E-mail


A state terror policy

The Islamic Republic has a long history of extrajudicial executions, carried out both at home and abroad. The number of such executions
estimated to have taken place within Iran in the few years leading up to autumn of 1998 ranges from 80 to 140. The figure would probably rise to a minimum of 400 if the cases abroad were to be included. Many of those cases have not been and could not be documented.

As regards death in custody, it remains a very serious cause for concern in the Islamic Republic  of Iran. Well-publicised and best documented cases in recent years notably include the following:

Zahra (Ziba) Kazemi, the Iranian-Canadian photojournalist, who was killed as a result of a blow to her skull on 11 July 20035. A student activist, Akbar Mohammadi6, died in Evin prison on 30/31 July 2006. Valiollah Feyz-e Mahdavi, a People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI) member, also died in Evin prison, on 5 September 20067. Ms Zahra Baniyaghoub, a young general practitioner, died in a Hamedan detention centre on 13 October 20078 and
the authorities said she had hanged herself. Ebrahim Lotfollahi, a Kurdish law student died in Sanandaj prison on 15 January 20089. Amir Hossein Heshmat-Saran, a political prisoner, died in Rajaishahr prison, near Karaj, on 6 March 2009. He was serving the fifth year of his 16-year prison term. Omidreza Mirsayafi, a blogger, died in Evin prison, on 18 March 2009.

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