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Maryam Majd, a women’s sports photographer, arrested on her way to film the Women’s Soccer World Cup in Germany, has been released on bail, of 100,000 US Dollars, because of poor health. Maryam Majd disappeared on her way from Tehran, Iran, to Dusseldorf in Germany on the 17th of June 2011. She was held in Tehran's notorious Evin prison, in ward 2A, controlled by the Revolutionary Guards. Ms Majd was expected in Germany for two months during the Women's Soccer World Cup 2011, in order to produce a photographic record of the different soccer teams. 

Maryam Majd, an Iranian photojournalist, who disappeared on her way from Tehran, Iran, to Dusseldorf in Germany is being held in Tehran's notorious Evin prison. She is in ward 2A, controlled by the Revolutionary Guards, according to a reliable source. It is now over ten days since she last spoke to her family. During that phone call, she was crying and asked her mother 'Please do something to release me from here'. Her family and friends are particularly concerned that she has access to her medication, which she takes daily. No formal charges have been brought against Ms. Majd so far.

Britain says Iran's government has recently arrested several female activists as part of a campaign to stifle dissent. The U.K. Foreign Office named photographer Maryam Majd, filmmaker Mahnaz Mohammadi, journalist Zahra Yazdani and women's rights advocate Maryam Bahrman as being among those who have been detained in the past weeks.

La présidente du Comité d'organisation du Mondial féminin Steffi Jones a réclamé jeudi la libération d'une photographe iranienne qui devait couvrir la compétition et qui, selon Berlin, est incarcérée en Iran. "J'appelle instamment les responsables en Iran à libérer immédiatement Maryam Majd et à la laisser se rendre au Mondial", a dit Steffi Jones.

A prominent Iranian documentary film-maker and women's rights activist, whose work includes banned films about Iran's society, has been arrested by unidentified officials. Mahnaz Mohammadi, 37, was picked up from her home in the capital Tehran by security officers who refused to show a warrant for her arrest and was taken to Evin prison, where many activists are being held. Speaking by phone from Tehran, her lawyer told the Guardian that Mohammadi had been denied access to her family or proper legal representation and was being kept incommunicado.

A female sports photojournalist who had campaigned for Iranian women to be allowed to attend men's soccer games is missing amid reports she has been taken into custody in Tehran, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. Maryam Majd, 24, was supposed to go to Duesseldorf on June 17 to prepare for the women's soccer World Cup in Germany and to work on a photo project with Petra Landers, a former German soccer player.

Using a human rights based approach, this documents the reality of stoning in Iran in 2004. This was at a time when stoning was not widely reported, the Iranian regime denied the existence of stoning in the law, and many in the international community were unaware that stoning still occurred in Iran.  Thus the primary goal of the document is to expose the reality of stoning at the time and demonstrate that stoning still occurs in Iran.

Asieh Amini, an activist and journalist involved with the Stop Stoning Forever Campaign, details her experience on a fact finding mission to Mashhad and Jolfa to research reported stoning cases.  These cases were important because they were the first widely broadcasted instances of stoning since the 2002 moratorium and prompted the creation of the Stop Stoning Forever Campaign. 

On page 10 of this report, the UNGA denounces stoning as a method of execution, and mentions the work of civil society to suspend stoning verdicts (i.e. The Stop Stoning Forever Campaign.) The report also reminded us that when the last periodic report of the Islamic Republic of Iran under the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights was considered in 1993, the Human Rights Committee concluded that stoning was not compatible with the provisions of article 78 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a party. 

Part 3 paragraph (a) states that the General Assembly expresses its concern at continuing violations of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran in particular cases of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, including stoning. 

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