08272014Wed

Free Beacon: Iran reportedly carried out the mass execution of 16 prisoners incarcerated in the Qezel Hessar Prison in Karaj early Monday, prompting outrage from dissident groups and bringing the total number of executions to well over 800 since Iranian President Hassan Rouhani assumed office last August under the guise of being a moderate reformer, according to an Iranian opposition group.

Medium.com: This summer marks the 26th anniversary of Iran’s massacre against political prisoners in 1988. The shock and terror inflicted on the Iranian nation wen tens of thousands of prisoners were executed in a matter of months went unnoticed. The legacy of this event has resulted in the survival of a despotic regime, and the stunted growth of a nation.

AP: ISNA quoted Giti Pourfazel, a lawyer hired by Beheshti's mother, as saying the sentence was too light considering the nature of the crime. "While journalists are sentenced to six years in this country, it's surprising that a murderer is sentenced to three years in jail," the lawyer was quoted by ISNA as saying. Dozens of bloggers and journalists have been arrested in Iran in recent years.

Live News: The wave of repression which intensified after the disputed presidential election in 2009 has reached new highs over the past few months. The authorities appear to have widened the circle of repression in a bid to crumple any aspirations for change created by the promises of increased freedoms that followed the election of President Hassan Rouhani in 2013.

UPI: Iran has fired back at the U.S. for its characterization of Iran in the State Department's newly released 'International Religious Freedom Report for 2013' as restrictive. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said that "Such reports are instrumental, prepared and broadcast with the mere goal of piling up pressure on other countries." It seems the State Department would agree.

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