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Ranks of Political Prisoners Grow as Hunger Strikes Continue

 

By INU Staff 
INU - On Friday, Voice of America News reported upon the case of Robin Shahini, the Iranian-American political prisoner who was arrested last July while visiting family in Iran and subsequently sentenced to 18 years in prison on vague charges including “collaboration with a hostile government.” Shahini initiated a hunger strike in February in an effort to bring attention to the injustices in his case, and according to his sister that hunger strike is ongoing and has now entered its third week.

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Sibling Chess Players Banned, Highlighting Broader Issues

 

Early this week, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty reported upon separate bans that had been visited upon an Iranian brother and sister who had each been playing competitive chess on an international level. According to the head of the Iranian Chess Federation, neither sibling can be permitted to be part of the Iranian national chess team or even to enter chess tournaments inside the country from this point forward.

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Joint Statement on 1988 Massacre in Iran Submitted to UN Human Rights Council by Six NGO's

In the summer of 1988, on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini, the Iranian regime executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The vast majority of the victims were activists of the opposition the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) or (MEK).

A joint written statement about the 1988 massacre in Iran, and the need for the international community to hold the perpetrators to account, has been submitted to the current session of the Human Rights Council by Six human rights organisations with consultative status to the United Nations human rights body. The joint written statement is titled: “The 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran constitutes a crime against humanity”.

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Mutual Push-back from Tehran and Activists over Political Imprisonment, Hunger Strikes

By INU Staff 
INU - Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Times reported upon Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s recent statements explicitly rejecting the notion of “national reconciliation.” The article explains that these statements all but guarantee that one of President Hassan Rouhani’s key campaign promises will remain unfulfilled when he stands for reelection in May. Furthermore, it is a probable sign that the hardline principles underlying Iran’s Islamic theocracy will remain essentially uncompromised, despite the prevalence of pro-reconciliation and pro-reform sentiment.

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Hardline Enforcement Continues to Undermine Push for Fewer Capital Sentences

By INU Staff 

INU - In recent months, there has been much discussion of the possibility of the Islamic Republic of Iran reducing the frequency with which it implements capital sentences against non-violent drug offenders. Support for a parliamentary initiative to change the maximum sentencing laws has reportedly gained support in the wake of frequent mass executions and international outcry against the consistently world-leading rate of state-sanctioned killings in the Iranian judicial system.

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Iran: British charity worker’s health in decline

Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, a 38-year-old British-Iranian woman and charity worker, was arrested at Tehran airport in April last year. She was with her two-year-old daughter Gabriella and was about to return back to her home in the UK after visiting her family in Iran.

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Iran Breaking News - Protest gathering by families of political prisoners in front of Rouhani's office

 According to latest news from Iran, more than 100 families of political prisoners in Iran, in particular the families of Ward 350...

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