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Iran: Iran Bans Execution in Public

(Mar. 2, 2008) According to a directive issued by Iran's Chief of the Judiciary, no convicted criminal may be executed in public without the prior approval of the Head of the Judiciary, based on social requirements. The directive forbids publication of the photos of the execution procedure in the mass media. Public and Revolutionary prosecutors […]

Iran: New Law Punishes Illegal Audiovisual Activities

(Mar. 2, 2008) The Iranian Islamic House (Majlisi Showra'i Islami Iran) passed a law on January 16, 2008, on the punishment of those involved in illegal audiovisual activities. According to article 1 of the law, any legal entity or individual that engages in introducing illegal audiovisual products as legal or undermines the rights of the […]

Iran: Judiciary High Council Bans Judges from Membership in Political Parties

(Mar. 2, 2008) A directive issued by the Judiciary High Council of Iran in late 2007 states that, for the purpose of ensuring neutrality in the performance of judicial duties and meeting the highest standards of ethics, judges are banned from membership in any political parties and related organizations. The directive stresses that judges are […]

Iran: President Returns a Law Passed by the House as Unconstitutional

(Feb. 2, 2008) Dr. Haddad A'adel, Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (House of Representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran), made the following statement at a recent meeting of the Assembly: "Dr. Ahmadi Nijad has, in recent months and weeks, expressed his dissatisfaction over certain House enactments, inter alia, a law passed regarding the […]