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Iranian Political Prisoners in dire need of the Support of the International Community

An article in The Hill by Ali Safavi, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran and president of the Near East Policy Research, discusses the alarming reports which from came from Gohardasht Prison, that activist and political prisoner Ali Moezzi, had disappeared on January 4, 2016.

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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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UN Expert Alarmed over Iranian “Prisoners of conscience at risk of dying after prolonged hunger strike”

The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner published an article on the findings of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, and the alarm that has been raised by Ms. Asma Jahangir over the critical health situation of several prisoners of conscience on prolonged hunger strikes in the country. 

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

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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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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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