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September 2, 1989 | From United Press International
Revolutionary Guards broke up a demonstration Friday by relatives of executed political prisoners in Iran's Gateway to Heaven Cemetery, where the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini is buried, an Iranian opposition group said. "Revolutionary Guards moved in to the Behesht Zahra Cemetery on Friday and arrested many men, women and children," a spokesman for the Baghdad-based Moujahedeen said in a telephone interview.
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July 9, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
For people around the globe, the images of club-wielding men on motorcycles beating demonstrators on the streets of Tehran was just another case of brutality in a far-off land. But as he watched the violence of recent weeks unfold on television and YouTube, Amir Farshad Ebrahimi, an exiled Iranian, recognized some of the attackers. They were once good friends.
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February 9, 1989
The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini has pardoned political prisoners in Iran in a general amnesty declared during celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Tehran Radio announced, without specifying how many would be freed or when it would take effect.
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August 14, 2000 | From Associated Press
Two pro-reform Iranian writers were arrested just as they were being honored by their peers as the best in their fields, reports said Sunday. The imprisonments brought the number of writers detained to five in eight days. Ebrahim Nabavi was on his way to jail Saturday at the time his name was being called out as best satirist at an awards ceremony honoring Iranian media, said Karim Arqandehpour, deputy head of the Press Guild Assn.
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August 14, 2000 | From Associated Press
Two pro-reform Iranian writers were arrested just as they were being honored by their peers as the best in their fields, reports said Sunday. The imprisonments brought the number of writers detained to five in eight days. Ebrahim Nabavi was on his way to jail Saturday at the time his name was being called out as best satirist at an awards ceremony honoring Iranian media, said Karim Arqandehpour, deputy head of the Press Guild Assn.
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August 6, 1988 | DON SHANNON, Times Staff Writer
Industrialized member nations of the U.N. Security Council, moving to prod Iraq toward a peace agreement with Iran, on Friday urged the dispatch of a second expert team to investigate Iranian charges of renewed chemical weapons use by Baghdad in the eight-year Persian Gulf War. As the second week of peace negotiations ended with no discernible progress, the 15-nation council met in closed session to consider a request by Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati for another probe.
NEWS
February 28, 1989
In an admission that appeared to dash any chance for the survival of thousands of political prisoners believed held in Iranian jails, Tehran's interior minister said that all dissidents known to the government have been executed. In an interview with an Arabic weekly published in Paris, Ali Akbar Mohtashemi said that Iran had put to death all prisoners belonging to the Iraqi-based Moujahedeen, Iran's main opposition group.
NEWS
January 30, 1989 | From Reuters
Amnesty International said Monday that more than 1,000 political prisoners have been shot or hanged in Iran since last August in the biggest wave of executions there since the early 1980s. In a statement to the United Nations' annual review of human rights abuses, the London-based human rights group said the victims were mostly supporters of the Moujahedeen, the main Iranian opposition group, but included members of other left-wing groups.
NEWS
November 16, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Politically motivated mass executions took place in Iran during the second quarter of 1988, according to evidence cited in a U.N. report to be published this week. It gave no figure for the number of those executions but said many of the more than 900 officially announced during the first five months of this year, mainly for drug offenses, were also alleged to have been politically motivated.
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May 14, 1987 | MIKE MILLS, Times Staff Writer
Citing Iranian estimates of 6,400 sentences of physical punishment over the last year in Tehran alone, Amnesty International on Wednesday urged Iranian authorities to stop "grave human rights abuses" against political and criminal prisoners.
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May 21, 2000 | SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With each succeeding lash to his back, the bound man sagged deeper, oblivious to the cries of "God is great!" from the crowd. They gathered to watch the slow, painful death of a soldier convicted by a clergy-run Iranian court. The charge: moral corruption. Two others were buried up to their chests and then stoned to death for the same crime.
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December 26, 1997 | From Associated Press
Iran's leading opposition figure was released Thursday, two weeks after he was arrested on charges of "desecrating religious sanctities." Ebrahim Yazdi was freed by the Islamic Revolutionary Court following an investigation and after he posted bail, the Islamic Republic News Agency said. Yazdi, the 66-year-old head of the token legal opposition group Iran Freedom Movement, was questioned by the court Dec. 14 and then incarcerated, his group said.
NEWS
November 16, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Politically motivated mass executions took place in Iran during the second quarter of 1988, according to evidence cited in a U.N. report to be published this week. It gave no figure for the number of those executions but said many of the more than 900 officially announced during the first five months of this year, mainly for drug offenses, were also alleged to have been politically motivated.
NEWS
September 2, 1989 | From United Press International
Revolutionary Guards broke up a demonstration Friday by relatives of executed political prisoners in Iran's Gateway to Heaven Cemetery, where the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini is buried, an Iranian opposition group said. "Revolutionary Guards moved in to the Behesht Zahra Cemetery on Friday and arrested many men, women and children," a spokesman for the Baghdad-based Moujahedeen said in a telephone interview.
NEWS
February 28, 1989
In an admission that appeared to dash any chance for the survival of thousands of political prisoners believed held in Iranian jails, Tehran's interior minister said that all dissidents known to the government have been executed. In an interview with an Arabic weekly published in Paris, Ali Akbar Mohtashemi said that Iran had put to death all prisoners belonging to the Iraqi-based Moujahedeen, Iran's main opposition group.
NEWS
February 9, 1989
The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini has pardoned political prisoners in Iran in a general amnesty declared during celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Tehran Radio announced, without specifying how many would be freed or when it would take effect.
NEWS
January 30, 1989 | From Reuters
Amnesty International said Monday that more than 1,000 political prisoners have been shot or hanged in Iran since last August in the biggest wave of executions there since the early 1980s. In a statement to the United Nations' annual review of human rights abuses, the London-based human rights group said the victims were mostly supporters of the Moujahedeen, the main Iranian opposition group, but included members of other left-wing groups.
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