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Reports have emerged of a second execution of a juvenile offender in Iran in just a few days Amnesty International said today, which reveal the full horror of the country’s deeply flawed juvenile justice system.

The Iranian authorities are believed to have executed an astonishing 694 people between 1 January and 15 July 2015, said Amnesty International today, in an unprecedented spike in executions in the country.

An Iranian juvenile offender whose fate and whereabouts had been unknown since he was due to be executed in February was able to call his relatives from prison over the weekend, ending five months of unbearable suffering by his loved ones, who did not know what had happened to him, Amnesty International revealed.

The Iranian authorities must overturn an 18-year jail term recently handed down to prominent human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani and release him immediately and unconditionally, Amnesty International has urged. 

 Iran's crackdown on freedom of expression has dramatically escalated in the run up to this week's elections, Amnesty International said today.

 The Iranian authorities should immediately free jailed journalist and human rights defender Mohammad Sadigh Kabudvand and allow him to visit his gravely ill 22-year-old son, said Amnesty International today. 

Iran must not execute a US national sentenced to death after an unfair trial, Amnesty International said today amid fears he could be executed within weeks.

Amnesty International today revealed a dramatic increase in the number of alleged drugs offenders executed in Iran. The organisation said Ireland, along with other states and the EU, should review their funding of Iranian anti-drugs operations.

Iranian doctors Arash and Kamiar Alaei (pictured), imprisoned for their internationally renowned work on HIV/AIDs were at a low point when they heard of Amnesty International’s campaign to free them.  

Amnesty International has urged the Iranian authorities to release a Christian pastor at risk of execution for “apostasy” for refusing to renounce his religion.