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Increasing concerns for disappeared Iranian political prisoner

Ali Moezzi, a 65-year old political prisoner who had been serving a prison sentence in Gohardasht Prison in the city of Karaj, west of the capital Tehran, has gone missing. On Wednesday 4th January, Iranian regime officials took him to an unknown location. That morning he was summoned to the prison clinic. However, Moezzi had suspicions and refused to go - concerned that something untoward was happening. He still went to his weekly meeting with his family, however when he was going back to his ward he was taken by unknown people to an unknown location.

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Iran’s Absurd Punishments Target Crimes Both On and Off the Books

On Thursday, the conservative, women’s interest website Politichicks featured a video from news talk television series “The Glazov Gang.” Heralded as a highlight of the year 2016 for the series, the video shined light on the “surreal, dark, and barbaric” legal system of the Islamic Republic, listing 10 ordinary-seeming activities that are explicitly against the law in Iran. Many of these items should be familiar to readers of Iran News Update, as some of them have featured prominently in human rights reports from the past several months.

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Former President of Iran dies

Former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani died on Sunday at the age of 82. Reports indicate that he died of a heart attack in Tehran’s Shohada Hospital. Just before the news broke, current Iranian president Rouhani has been seen at the hospital. 

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Homeless 'grave sleepers' point to devastating economic troubles in Iran

 January 5, Shahriar Kia, political analyst and member of Iranian opposition (PMOI/MEK) wrote about the homeless Iranians who were sleeping, some even living, in graves to escape winter in Iran.

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Iran: Political Prisoner Ali Moezzi is Missing and at Risk. International Community calls for UN Intervention

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Tehran Makes Small Concessions amidst Overall Aggression toward Political Prisoners

By INU Staff 

INU - On Tuesday, it was reported that the Iranian activist and political prisoner Arash Sadeghi had ended his hunger strike after 71 days and an array of protest actions on his behalf during the last several days. Some reports indicated that as many as 800 people had assembled outside of Evin Prison on Monday to call for the Iranian regime to take action to save Sadeghi’s life.

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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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