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Death Penalty, Other Abuses “More Severe” in Iran during First Four Months of 2019

By Mahmoud Hakamian

Iran Human Rights Monitor released a report on Monday detailing the Iranian regime’s human rights abuses over the course of April. The report identifies specific examples of several familiar abuses, including the practice of political imprisonment, the use of torture and medical deprivation as means of exerting pressure on such prisoners, and the chronic overuse of the death penalty.

Juvenile Offenders’ Execution Shows Iran’s Contempt for Rights of Children, Others

By Edward Carney

On Tuesday, multiple news outlets picked up on a statement that was issued by Amnesty International, calling attention to the latest executions of juvenile offenders in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The nation has long maintained its status as the second most prolific user of the death penalty, with the world’s highest per-capita rate of executions. In terms of the total number of state-sanctioned killings, Iran lags only behind China, while it is apparently number one among the small handful of countries that still implement the death penalty for persons who were under the age of 18 at the time of their crimes.

Religious freedom still under attack in Iran

By INU Staff

INU - The Iranian Regime increased its persecution on non-Shi'ite Muslims and minority Baha’is and Christians over the past year, according to the bi-partisan US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

Regime boasts that 60 MEK members arrested in East Azarbaijan

By INU Staff

INU - The Director-General of the East Azarbaijan Office of the Intelligence Ministry has said that 60 people that had contact with the banned opposition group the Mojahedin e-Khalq (MEK) have been arrested in the past Iranian year (March 21, 2018-March 20, 2019).

Amidst Unrest, Iranian Authorities Praise Repressive Orders from their Supreme Leader

By Mahmoud Hakamian

A leading coalition of Iranian opposition groups, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, has revealed the names of 29 political prisoners, as part of a bid to urge international action on Iran’s human rights abuses and expanding crackdown on domestic dissent. Iran Human Rights Monitor reproduced the list on Thursday, with each name accompanied by a date of arrest spanning from June 2018 to March 2019. Although the list represents only a fraction of the total population of political prisoners in the Islamic Republic, the NCRI emphasized that not all such arrests have been disclosed by regime authorities, meaning that the actual figures may be much greater than those that have been cited to date.

Raisi appointment draws international criticism

By INU Staff

INU - Prisoners in Iranian jails are subjected to starvation, torture, and solitary confinement as a matter of course, but those are the lucky ones. The ones that survive. In the summer of 1988, 30,000 political prisoners were executed for their beliefs and human rights groups fear that the recent appointment of ‘Ayatollah Death’ to the head of the judiciary could mean that another such massacre is imminent.

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