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Iran: Three People Including Afghan Citizen Executed on Drug Charges

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Iran Human Rights - Three prisoners, including an Afghan citizen, were reportedly hanged on the morning of Monday July 24. One of the prisoners was reportedly under the age of 18 at the time of his arrest. Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and state-run media, have not announced these three executions.

Downgraded Sentence for Teachers’ Rights Activist Issued Amid Ongoing Prosecution of Labor Leaders

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Teachers' rights activist Taher Ghaderzadeh's sign reads: CHRI - Labor Activism Seen as National Security Offense in Iran

A senior member of the Iranian Teachers' Trade Association (ITTA) has taken no solace in the downgrading of the three-month prison sentence issued to ITTA member Taher Ghaderzadeh to a suspended sentence.


"Some of my friends were happy about the light suspended sentence, but we must remember that these actions are aimed at silencing teachers," said the senior ITTA member, who spoke to the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on condition of anonymity.

"In the case of Mr. Ghaderzadeh, he has been going back and forth to court for a year and a half, which means during that time he has not engaged in any [trade ] activities," said the source. "And now, with a suspended sentence hanging over his head, he has to be more cautious.

"In effect, the authorities are unlawfully and unfairly treating trade activities as crimes against national security," added the source.

In April 2016, Branch 5 of the Saqqez Revolutionary Court in Kurdistan Province, northwestern Iran, sentenced Ghaderzadeh to 91 days in prison for "propaganda against the state" and "disturbing public peace."

However, in early July 2017 the Saqqez Appeals Court suspended the prison sentence for three years.

A 50-year-old mathematics high school teacher in Saqqez, Ghaderzadeh was arrested in March 2016 for allegedly organizing protest rallies by teachers demanding better pay and working conditions.

Labor activism in Iran is seen as a national security offense; independent labor s are not allowed to function, strikers are often fired and risk arrest, and labor leaders are consistently prosecuted under catchall national security charges and sentenced to long prison terms.

In May 2017, an online petition signed by more than 15,000 people calling for the release of imprisoned teachers' rights leader Esmail Abdi was delivered to the judiciary and the office of President Hassan Rouhani.

"Mr. Abdi is not a thief, murderer, drug dealer, embezzler, foreign spy or traitor to his country," said the petition addressed to Judiciary Chief Sadegh Larijani. "He is a trade activist elected by the teachers of Tehran according to the laws and regulations of the Islamic Republic of Iran."

The former ITTA secretary general—who is serving a six-year prison sentence in Evin Prison for "propaganda against the state" and "collusion against national security"—went on a six-week hunger strike that ended on June 16, 2017 to demand an end to the prosecution of peaceful trade activists on national security charges.

Iran: Four Prisoners Including Afghan Citizens Executed

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Iran: Four Prisoners Including Afghan Citizens ExecutedIran Human Rights - A prisoner was reportedly hanged at Zabol Central Prison, and three prisoners were reportedly hanged at Zahedan Central Prison. Two of the prisoners were reportedly Afghan citizens.

Three Prisoners Hanged While Iranian Authorities Stay Silent

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Three Prisoners Hanged While Iranian Authorities Stay SilentIran Human Rights -  Two prisoners were reportedly hanged at Bandar Abbas Central Prison on drug related charges, and a prisoner was reportedly hanged at Rajai Shahr Prison on murder charges.

Iran: Five Prisoners Executed

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 Five Prisoners ExecutedIran Human Rights -  Four prisoners were reportedly hanged at Isfahan Central Prison, and a prisoner was reportedly hanged at Chabahar Prison.

Iran: Three More Executions for Drug Charges, Authorities Still Silent

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Iran: Three More Executions for Drug Charges, Authorities Still SilentIran Human Rights -  Three more executions reported in Urmia's central prison for drug related charges.

Iran: Seven Prisoners Including Pakistani Citizens Hanged in Sistan & Baluchestan

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Iran: Seven Prisoners Including Pakistani Citizens Hanged in Sistan & Baluchestan
Iran Human Rights -Seven prisoners were reportedly executed in prisons located in the Sistan & Baluchestan province. Most of the prisoners were executed on drug related charges. In the past few days, seven prisoners, including two Pakistani citizens, were reportedly hanged at Zahedan Central and Iranshahr prisons.

Iran: Man Hanged at Zahedan Prison

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Iran: Man Hanged at Zahedan PrisonIran Human Rights -A prisoner was reportedly hanged at Zahedan Central Prison on unknown charges.

Six Prisoners Executed in Rajai Shahr Prison on Murder Charges

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SixIran Human Rights -  Six prisoners were reportedly executed at Karaj's Rajai Shahr Prison on murder charges.

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