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Iran Focus: Tehran, Sep. 24 – At least 120 persons have been hanged in public in Iran since March, according to the state-owned press. A man was hanged in public today in the city of Ahwaz (southwestern Iran). Mohsen Sh. was accused of
armed robbery.
His two alleged accomplices, Peyman B. and Shahin R., were sentenced to having their right hands and left feet amputated.

International Confederation Of Free Trade Unions - Press Release: The ICFTU today expressed its deep regret and concern over the failure of the Iranian authorities to allow international observers to attend the trial of seven labour activists, which starts on 23 September.

Iran Focus: The lawyer representing the relatives of Atefeh Rajabi, the 16-year-old girl who was hanged last month (Aug. 15th) in the town of Neka, northern Iran, has filed a lawsuit on their behalf. Mr. Shadi Sadr, who was retained to help prove Atefeh’s innocence, stated that after examining Atefeh’s documentation he was convinced that she was in fact 16 years old at the time her execution and not 22 as Iranian Judiciary spokespersons had claimed. Judiciary officials have admitted that Atefeh was executed but said she was 22 to justify her hanging.

Iran Focus: Tehran, Sep. 20 – A series of government-released statistics and interviews with a number of Iranian officials indicate that despair and frustration are on the rise within
Iran’s huge under-30 population.
The head of the government-run National Youth Organization told local journalists last week that “according to our studies, forty percent of young people across the country suffer from depression.”

Iran Focus: The Iranian regime hanged a young man in the
city of Dezful (southwest Iran) yesterday. At the same time, two other prisoners were sentenced to death.
The regime has stepped up executions in recent days as schools and universities commenced. On Sep. 8, seven prisoners were hanged in Tehran and Karaj.

BosNewsLife News Center: Iranian police invaded the annual conference of Iran’s Assemblies of God and arrested at least 80 church leaders at the church’s denominational center near Tehran as part of the worst crack down on evangelical believers in a decade, a Christian news agency reported Friday, September 10.
Compass news agency said security forces raided the meeting "without warning" in Karaj, 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of the capital, after they surrounded the church’s garden property Thursday, September 9.

Iran Focus: The head of the public relations office of prisons in Hamedan province (western Iran) announced today that the local Department of Justice had amputed the fingers of a burglar.
The man had alledgedly stolen from 15 different stores.

Voice of America: Human rights activist, Shirin Ebadi, says Iran has signed international treaties protecting young people from execution, but constantly ignores the agreements. Ms. Ebadi spke at a news conference in Vienna.
Ms. Ebadi told reporters that Iran is violating international obligations on human rights especially those concerning women and children.
She said Iran's legal system is not in tune with the country's international obligations.

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