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EU Iran Policy Questioned at International Human Rights Day Conference

By INU Staff 

INU - The Iranian Regime leads the world in executions per capita and executions of minors, so why will the EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini, not condemn them for it?

This is the question posed by Richard Ashworth, MEP for South East England, in his remarks to a conference in the European Parliament last week, the day before the International Human Rights Day.

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Islamic Republic Jails Citizens for Crimes of the Imagination

Arash Sobhani, Iranian Artist & Activist, wrote in the Huffington Post on December 6, that the reality in the Islamic Republic of Iran has become much like the science fiction movie, “Minority Report”, in which a criminal justice system arrests citizens based on their foreknowledge of a crime not yet committed.

The wife of activist Arash Sadeghi, Golrokh Ebrahimi,was sentenced on October 24, to spend 6 years in Evin prison for a fictional story that was never even published!

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European Parliament Addressed by former President,  Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Regarding Human Rights Abuses in Iran

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INU - On Wednesday December 7, at the European Parliament, on the eve of Human Rights Day, European lawmakers held a conference initiated by the Friends of a Free Iran intergroup, which has support of some 300 MEPs from different political groups. Iran’s Human Rights violations were strongly condemned and the EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini, and Member States were urged to condition the expansion of relationships with Iran on a halt of the executions.

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Iran: Student held for 5 years tells of prison horror

In an article published in The Express on December 7, by Katie Mansfield, she writes about Shabnam Madadzadeh, a student who was imprisoned in Iran for five years.  

Ms. Madadzadeh told Express.co.uk, “I arrived and spent three months in solitary confinement and there was torture, both mental and physical. My cell was just 2mx3m and I was alone with no connection to the world. My family was not allowed to contact me and they could not find out anything about me or what it was like for me in jail.”

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Iran Attempts to Limit Exposure of Human Rights Abuses

By INU Staff 

INU - On Tuesday, several new stories emerged regarding Iranian arrests of political prisoners and the pressure being faced by persons already being held in Iranian jails. Human rights sources in Iran noted that a government official named Alireza Rahmani had been arrested on November 29 solely for the crime of using social media to express support for political prisoner and renowned human rights lawyer Narges Mohammadi.

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Iran’s Double Standard on National Security Arrests

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INU - On Monday, the BBC reported upon some of the latest convictions in Iran’s ongoing crackdown on supposed pro-Western or anti-Islamic cultural activities. Political imprisonment has been a consistent problem, with numerous Iranians being targeted for their activities as activists, journalists, artists, and so on. One particular object of the regime’s cultural paranoia has been the fashion industry, and security agencies have carried out sting operations and other forms of mass arrests of persons determined to be participating in the spread of Western-style modelling.

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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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