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Amnesty International Calls for Immediate Release of Those Arrested at Memorial in Iran

In connection with the deaths of prominent intellectuals and writers Mohamamd Mokhtari and Mohammad Ja’far Pouyandeh, as well as prominent opposition figures Dariyush Foruhar and Parvaneh Foruhar, some 23 employees of the Ministry of Intelligence in Iran were arrested in 1999.  The deaths were part of a series of extrajudicial killings that came to be known in Iran as the Chain of Murders” which targeted intellectuals, writers, artists and dissidents between 1988 and 1998. The arrests took place after theMinistry of Intelligence announced that some of its officials were involved, and a special committee was established to investigate them. Several officials were arrested and prosecuted. They were sentenced to penalties ranging from imprisonment to execution. The circumstances surrounding the killings remain shrouded in secrecy and some high-ranking officials were never brought to justice.

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Recent Arrests Point to Various Groups Targeted in Iran’s Ongoing Crackdown

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INU - On Thursday, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reported that Nooshafarin Dastoori, a translator and assistant to the Iran consultant for the Berlin Film Festival, had been barred from leaving Iran and was in the process of being interrogated by the Iranian Intelligence Ministry. The incident is the latest in a long series of arrests and instance of harassment of dual nationals. Dastoori holds both Iranian and German citizenship, although Iran does not recognize dual citizenship and thus treats such arrestees only as Iranians, depriving them of access to foreign consular assistance.

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Is EU Funding Supporting Drug Executions in Iran?

In her article for the Independant, Alexandra Sims writes on December 4, writes that the European Union has been urged to clarify whether or not it is helping to fund Iranian anti-narcotics programmes linked to mass executions.

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Human Rights Pressure from Minority Groups, Activists, and Some Lawmakers

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INU - On Monday, Fox News published an article on the apparently rising rates of conversion to Christianity among Iranian Muslims. The article quotes Mani Erfan, the head of a Christian ministry involved in Iran’s house church movement, as saying that Christianity has become a countercultural reaction to the oppressive brand of Islam enforced by Iran’s clerical regime. Erfan went on to claim that the rate of conversion had greatly accelerated in roughly the past three years, and that some were now predicting that Christianity could comprise as much as 10 percent of the Iranian population by the year 2020.

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Iran: Suppression of Religious Minorities

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps are holding an American-Iranian couple without charge and denying them access to a lawyer, according to a New-York based human rights group. 

Karan Vafadariand his wife Afarin Niasari ran an art gallery in Tehran before their arrest and detention in July.

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Iran: After Nuclear Deal, Regime Even More Oppressive, Escaped Dissidents Claim

In an article for the Washington Times on November 29, by Rowan Scarborough, journalist and author, he writes about political dissidents who recently escaped Iran’s regime, and are now free in the West. They say that Iran has grown more oppressive since its nuclear deal with the U.S. and other world powers who hoped the agreement would moderate the Islamic-ruled nation.

Addionally, the dissidents allege that the billions of dollars the U.S. gave to Iran, along with the West’s release of frozen Iranian bank assets, have been diverted to Iran’s armies in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.

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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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