US human rights group urges release of Iranian activist

UNITED NATIONS  — A US human rights group urged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to secure the release of a prominent Iranian journalist and activist who was scheduled to go on trial Saturday on charges that carry the death penalty.
The group said Shiva Nazar Ahari, founder of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters in Tehran, faces "trumped-up charges" including "actions against national security" and "propaganda against the regime" for her participation in demonstrations and other human rights activism.
Ahari is also charged with "waging war against God" for her alleged membership in the exile Mujahedeen-e Khalq Organization, which carries the death penalty. She has denied any connection to the organization, which is the militant wing of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran.