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New executions in Iran: UN says regime weaponising death penalty to frighten public

The UN human rights chief has accused Iran of weaponising the death penalty to frighten the public and crush dissent. The statement follows the execution of four protesters, two of whom were killed last weekend. The UN body says it has information that two more executions are imminent, with more than a dozen other people believed to be on death row. The Iranian regime is grappling to respond to months of unrest triggered by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini following her arrest by the morality police. For more, we speak to Shaparak Saleh, a Franco-Iranian lawyer and the co-founder of the campaigning organisation Femme Azadi, which was set up in the aftermath of Amini's death.

Meanwhile, thousands of Israelis have taken to the streets in Tel Aviv to protest the most right-wing government in the country's history. The coalition took power at the end of December and there are already fears of a rollback of rights, particularly for Palestinians and other minority groups.

Finally, we report on two Egyptian women who are forging a path as DJs in the traditionally conservative society.


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