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Death Sentence for Post-Election Protesters

October 11 -- Iran's Justice Ministry announced that three people arrested during the post-election crackdown have been sentenced to death. The death sentences have raised concern over the fate of scores of reformists, intellectuals, and activists arrested and put on trial following the street protests against the reelection of Iran's President Ahmadinejad in June. [read in English or Farsi]

Peaceful Student Assembly Turns Violent

October 13 -- A student protester told Radio Farda that members of the Basij militia used pepper spray and attacked students demonstrating against the government. "The authorities cancelled classes and asked students to leave the university, but the security forces and the Basij continued to attack them on the street," he said. [read in Farsi]

Daughter of Ahmadinejad's Aide Seeks Asylum in Germany

October 13 -- An Iranian filmmaker and daughter of one of President Ahmadinejad's top advisors has applied for political asylum in Germany. Narges Kalhor, who was in Germany to participate in the Nuremberg Human Rights Film Festival, told Radio Farda that her father was not involved in her decision to leave Iran. [read in English or Farsi]

Sports Reporter Covering Wrestling Match in Denmark Seeks Asylum

October 13 -- A sports reporter with Iranian TV, Mehdi Rostampour, applied for asylum in Denmark during a trip with Iran's national wrestling team. Rostampour told Radio Farda that he hoped his decision would demonstrate to the Iranian government that "people from all walks of life in Iran are frustrated with the current leadership and that they will not be suppressed by coerced confessions and attacks on foreign media." [read in Farsi]

Juvenile Offender Hanged

October 11 -- An Iranian man who had been convicted as a minor of murdering another boy was executed this week. A member of the Human Rights Defenders Center expressed dismay and said it is unlikely Iran will change its policy of allowing capital punishment for juvenile offenders. [read in Farsi]

Iranian Nobel Prize Winner Reacts to Obama Award

October 12 -- Radio Farda interviewed Iranian Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi after the announcement of President Obama as this year's winner. Ebadi said Obama's negotiations with the Iranian government "should not be limited to the nuclear issue, but should include human rights and democracy in Iran as well." [read in Farsi]