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Amnesty International has expressed its concern regarding the condition of a journalist and political activist who has been imprisoned. 

Forty-one-year-old Hengameh Shahidi has been on a hunger strike for more than 30 days since being imprisoned on 9th March. Her condition is rapidly deteriorating and she is refusing to take her medication which is essential because it is for a pre-existing heart condition. She is also refusing the administration of intravenous fluids.

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INU - In a rare example of positive news regarding human rights and political imprisonment in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Associated Press reported on Monday that the Iranian-American dual national Robin Shahini had been released on bail, after having previously been sentenced to 18 years in prison on undisclosed charges.

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Iranian authorities have sentenced a 21 year old man to death for “insulting Islam” through messages he sent on an instant messenger app, when he was only 19.

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INU - On Tuesday, Vocativ reported upon an unusual turn that had occurred in the propaganda being put out by the Islamic State of Iraqi and the Levant. The Sunni terrorist group released a 36 minute long video titled “Persia between yesterday and today,” which appealed to Sunni militants inside of Iran, using the local Farsi language. Vocativ notes that this represents a rare strategy and that it came out of Iraq’s Diyala Province, which was once the “never center” of ISIL before the group gained ground in the north and west of the country.

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INU - Last week, the United Nations held interactive dialogue sessions on the topic of human rights in several regions of high concern, of which Iran is one. The event involved testimony from Asma Jahangir, the special rapporteur who is currently assigned to investigate human rights abuses and government responses to international criticism within the Islamic Republic of Iran. Her efforts to call attention to persistent abuses are continually supported by similar efforts among independent actors, a number of which have made public statements closely coinciding with the UN dialogue and the larger meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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INU - On Friday it was reported that the journalist and political analyst Morad Saghafi had been arrested just days after he verbally criticized the mayor of Tehran, saying in part that “financial corruption and tyranny” had resulted from his neglect of the interests of the people. No formal charges were announced and no reason was given for the arrest, which is being regarded as part of a recently-expanded crackdown on journalists, political activists, and other perceived threats to the Islamic Republic’s hardline identity.

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