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UN's Iran rights watchdog slams case of death-row woman

AFP: UN human rights monitor urged Tehran to halt the planned execution of an Iranian woman for the alleged murder of a former intelligence official, saying her trial had been deeply flawed. Shaheed is tasked by the UN with monitoring Iran, and has regularly locked horns with the Islamic republic over its human rights record.

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Iran secretly convicted former marine, lawyer says

New York Times: Amir Hekmati, a former Marine incarcerated in August 2011 and sentenced to death on espionage charges that were overturned, was secretly retried by a revolutionary court in December, convicted of “practical collaboration with the American government” and given a 10-year prison term.

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Iran steps up pace of executions as it courts West

Fox News: At a time when the West would like to think its negotiating partner is adopting a new, softer tone, Iran’s executions have only increased over the past year, according to a report by the Human Rights and Democracy Report.

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Iran: UN rights experts appeal for urgent medical care for detained political prisoners

UN News Centre: A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today voiced alarm at the denial of medical care to two political prisoners in Iran who are at risk of dying in detention due to worsening health conditions, and urged the authorities to provide them with treatment.

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Report: Iran summons Greek envoy over rights vote

AP: An Iranian news agency is reporting that the country's foreign ministry has summoned the Greek ambassador in protest of a human rights resolution by European Parliament. Greece is now heading the European Union.

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