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May 24: United4Iran has launched a new initiative: "Letter to the European Foreign Ministries Urging Protest against Executions of Prisoners of Conscience in Iran." They have provided an easy-to-use form and directions to send letters to various European Foreign Ministries.

Amnesty International released an Urgent Action Alert regarding the six death sentences recently issued.

May 17: It was reported today that Habibollah Latifi's execution date has been scheduled for June 7.

May 15: Today the results of several appealed death sentences were announced.

GOOD NEWS: The death sentences of Motahare Bahrami Haqiqi, Reyhane Haj Ebrahim, Hadi Ghaemi, and Mohammad Amin Valian have been REDUCED TO PRISON SENTENCES.

BAD NEWS: The death sentences of Ahmad Daneshpour Moghadam, Mohsen Daneshpour Moghadam and Mohammad Ali Saremi, as well as Abdolreza GhanbariJafar Kazemi and Mohammad-Ali Haj-Aghaie (all previously reported) have been UPHELD. PLEASE SIGN these petitions against their death sentences.

May 13: The Iranian regime continues to persecute the Kurds. We have compiled a list of Kurdish prisoners known to be condemned.

May 12: Arrest warrants have reportedly been issued for Farzad Kamangar's mother, brother, sister and nephew.

May 11: Added sample letter to Iranian officials for Abdolreza Ghanbari, whose death sentence was recently upheld in Appeals Court. He is in imminent danger of execution.

In memory of Farzad Kamangar ♦RIP♦:  The Teacher "معلم" by Soheil Tavakoli

Video: Teacher Farzad Kamangar with his students.

Shirin Alam Hooli's ♦RIP♦ sister and mother were arrested this morning and later released. Her family is reported to be under pressure.

May 10: We have assembled contact information and sample letters to Iranian officials regarding four prisoners on death row in Iran: Ja'far Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaie, and Zainab Jalalian and Hossein Khezri, all believed to be at imminent risk of execution. Amnesty International has recently released Urgent Action Alerts concerning all four.

May 9: With broken hearts, we report this morning that Mehdi EslamianShirin Alam Hooli, Ali Heidarian, Farzad Kamangar, and Farhad Vakili were executed outside of Evin Prison. 

May 8: Prisoner Mehdi Eslamian ♦RIP♦ has been transferred to an undisclosed location from Gohardasht Prison. This usually indicates an execution is pending, and we believe his life to be at imminent danger.

Shirin Alam Hooli ♦RIP♦ wrote a letter, "I am a Hostage" in which she described her two years of imprisonment and physical and psychological torture.

MAY 7: Iran Human Rights Voice announced the death sentence of Kurdish prisoner Habibullah Golparipour.