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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Condemned to Death In Iran

Once the dust settles the new government should summon the Iranian Ambassador and press for the details of this case. What was wring with the ‘Questioning Youth, Accountable Authorities’ gathering this time? This was not the first time the gathering was held. - t

Intolerance Marks Sunni Student's Death Sentence By Kimia Sanati

TEHRAN, Feb 19 (IPS) - The death sentence passed in Iran’s southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan province, on civil rights activist and journalist Yaghub Mehrnahad, 28, has highlighted repression on Iran’s ethnic and religious minorities.

Mehrnahad, a Sunni Baluchi, was a student of Baluchistan state university at the time of his arrest. He was detained by security agents on Apr. 26, 2007 after attending the annual gathering of a youth association of which he had been the founder and head for five years.

‘Questioning Youth, Accountable Authorities,’ was the theme of the gathering of the organisation, held in Zahedan, capital of the province that borders Pakistan. It was reportedly attended by a number of local officials, including the governor.

The association that Mehrnahad founded in 2002 also helped organise various cultural events such as music concerts and painting and computer classes for youth. Mehrnahad was also the representative of a reformist newspaper called ‘Mardomsalari’ (Democracy) in the province.


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