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Recent Rise in suicides by Iranian Women highlight ongoing human rights abuses

Suicides have been on the rise among Iranian women.  Many social ills contribute to this. However, in the case of a young woman named Mahdis, it occurred just one day after she was released from prison last January. She was a 26 year old aspiring engineer, who was taken into custody by intelligence agents on January 24. She was like a different person after being released. She was sexually abused by Iranian suppressive forces. 

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Joint Statement on 1988 Massacre in Iran Submitted to UN Human Rights Council by Six NGO's

In the summer of 1988, on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini, the Iranian regime executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The vast majority of the victims were activists of the opposition the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) or (MEK).

A joint written statement about the 1988 massacre in Iran, and the need for the international community to hold the perpetrators to account, has been submitted to the current session of the Human Rights Council by Six human rights organisations with consultative status to the United Nations human rights body. The joint written statement is titled: “The 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran constitutes a crime against humanity”.

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Dual-citizen, Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe collapses in prison in Iran while awaiting vital medical assistance

 

38-year-old, Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, from Hampstead in London, was arrested at the airport in Iran, awaiting her flight home. She had been visiting family in Tehran with her small daughter, Gabriella. Ratcliffe is a dual-nationality citizen, a charity worker, who has been sentenced to five years, after being accused of being a western spy, and has been in prison in Iran since April. 

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Hardline Enforcement Continues to Undermine Push for Fewer Capital Sentences

By INU Staff 

INU - In recent months, there has been much discussion of the possibility of the Islamic Republic of Iran reducing the frequency with which it implements capital sentences against non-violent drug offenders. Support for a parliamentary initiative to change the maximum sentencing laws has reportedly gained support in the wake of frequent mass executions and international outcry against the consistently world-leading rate of state-sanctioned killings in the Iranian judicial system.

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Ranks of Political Prisoners Grow as Hunger Strikes Continue

 

By INU Staff 
INU - On Friday, Voice of America News reported upon the case of Robin Shahini, the Iranian-American political prisoner who was arrested last July while visiting family in Iran and subsequently sentenced to 18 years in prison on vague charges including “collaboration with a hostile government.” Shahini initiated a hunger strike in February in an effort to bring attention to the injustices in his case, and according to his sister that hunger strike is ongoing and has now entered its third week.

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Sibling Chess Players Banned, Highlighting Broader Issues

 

Early this week, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty reported upon separate bans that had been visited upon an Iranian brother and sister who had each been playing competitive chess on an international level. According to the head of the Iranian Chess Federation, neither sibling can be permitted to be part of the Iranian national chess team or even to enter chess tournaments inside the country from this point forward.

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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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