(Reuters) – A former psychologist has been executed for heresy in Iran after eight years in detention, human rights groups said, in the latest example of what activists say is a worrying rise in the use of death penalty by the Islamic Republic.
The shouts of political prisoners interrogated by Hamas security forces have disrupted classes at a Khan Younis school in the southern Gaza Strip.
Human rights groups are blasting the Obama administration after officials refused to confirm whether National Security Adviser Susan Rice raised the plight of a dissident with Chinese diplomats this week.
Iran has been caught carrying out “secret executions” of falsely imprisoned political opponents and is said to be poised to execute four more on charges of “enmity against God” and “corruption on Earth,” according to an Iranian opposition group and human rights observers apprised of the situation.
An adviser to President Barack Obama recently asked Iranian government officials to release imprisoned U.S. pastor Saeed Abedini amid repeated calls for the administration to take a tougher stand against human rights abuses in Iran.
Executions in Iran continue to soar to record-breaking levels in 2014, as more than two people are being killed every day and some 320 executions have taken place in the first five months of 2014 alone, according to human rights observers.