Monday, July 13, 2009

News Talk Online July 13, 2009: More Mass Excutions Planned In Iran

Amnesty International has issued an urgent appeal to the government of Iran to stay the executions of 14 Baluchi rebels tomorrow.

In addition, Amnesty International has compiled a list of the names or identities of 368 people arrested in Iran since June 12. Some of those detained have since been released, but may face prosecution in the future. The organization has also obtained photographs of lists of cases under judicial review which indicate the scale of arrests in Tehran in recent weeks.

While it is not possible to individually confirm each name received, Amnesty International is publishing them to draw attention to the suffering of thousands of families in Iran, whose family members may have been arrested arbitrarily or who ignore the whereabouts of arrested family members who have virtually been subjected to enforced disappearances. AI argues that the Iranian authorities have a responsibility to immediately disclose the identity of anyone in their custody and to inform their families of their whereabouts. Amnesty International is concerned that many of those still detained are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment, possibly to extract ‘forced confessions’ which could be used against them in courts.

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