Journalist Hassan Abbasi Arrested in Bandar Abbas

On January 2, 2024, security forces apprehended journalist Hassan Abbasi in Bandar Abbas and took him to an undisclosed location.

Abbasi’s current location and the specific charges against him remain undisclosed at this time. Notably, he has a history of previous arrests and legal confrontations related to his journalistic activities.

Hassan Abbasi serves as an editorial member of Tabnak News Outlet and is affiliated with the Association of Iranian Journalists in Tehran Province.

In 2023, the Department of Statistics and Publications of the Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) documented 2,380 cases in which citizens, including journalists and civil rights activists, faced legal and security consequences for exercising their freedom of expression and thought. These incidents resulted in the arrest of 3,130 individuals.

Prisoner Executed in Karaj Central Prison

At dawn on Wednesday, September 22, a prisoner was executed in Karaj Central Prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Tabnak, the inmate had previously been sentenced to death on charges of moharebeh (rebellion, or waging war against God in Shariah Law), disturbing public security, and murder.

Iran ranks first in the world in citizen executions per capita, according to international organizations. The Statistics and Publication Center of the Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) reported that between January 1 and December 20 of 2020, at least 236 citizens were executed.

One of these citizens was executed publicly, and two were juvenile offenders. An additional 95 citizens were sentenced to death. According to the same report, more than 72% of executions in Iran are not reported by the government or the judiciary, which human rights organizations call “secret” executions.

The report does not state the identity of this prisoner.