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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: Death sentences have been issued for three boys by the names of Ali M., Morteza F. and Milad B. who are presently in the Center for Reform and Education (Juvenile Prison). While all three of them were under 18 when they allegedly committed their crimes, their death sentences are going to be carried out soon as they turn 18.

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: A religious court in Tehran sentenced two men to execution, bringing to more than 110 the number of people hanged since January 2004. Thet two were identified only by their first names as Mohammad and Fereidoon.
Dozens have been hanged in recent days in Iran, as the country  goes through another spate of politically-motivated executions.

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.

Reporters Without Borders: Reporters Without Borders said it was outraged at the latest escalation in a crackdown against news on the Internet as three journalists contributing or having contributed to a reformist site were arrested on 7-8 August.
They were Babak Ghafori Azar, Shahram Rafihzadeh and Hanif Mazroi - the latest victims of a wave of arrests and closures launched by Iranian judicial authorities against news sites with reformist leanings.

Iran Focus: News of the execution of a sixteen-year-old girl in northern Iran, first broken by Iran Focus, has been met with shock and outrage around the world. In a press statement on Monday, Amnesty International expressed ‘outrage” at the execution of Ateqeh Sahaleh on Sunday, August 15, in the town of Neka in Mazandaran Province.

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