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Iran: Rouhani’s "moderate" tone contradicts his actions

The Hill: By Lord Alton-  One hundred guards dressed in riot gear stormed section 350 of Iran’s notorious Evin Prison on the morning of April 17 with overwhelming force and malicious intent. Though the exact motives and details of the raid remain unclear, the carnage that ensued has been confirmed by a number of human rights organizations. Thirty of the inmates were injured, four so badly that they were taken to the hospital. Besides broken ribs and a heart attack, the prisoners were made to watch as their belongings were destroyed and 32 are currently suffering under appalling conditions in solitary confinement.

How Rouhani treats political prisoners in Iran

The Hill: By Soona Samsam- On the morning of April 17, more than 100 prison guards and intelligence agents carried out a brutal raid at Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison. Many political prisoners were severely injured and some were sent to solitary confinement. Eyewitnesses later said a bus carrying the wounded prisoners was "drenched in blood."

UK Students Call Upon Iran to Release Labor Activists

In recognition of May 1 as International Workers’ Day, student union officers from numerous colleges and universities in the United Kingdom have joined in signing a petition for the Shahrokh Zamani and all other political prisoner held by the Iranian regime.

Iran sweeps coveted UN rights posts

The non-governmental monitoring organization UN Watch is leading criticism of the United Nations Economic and Social Council after it elected Iran and other repressive regimes to major committee posts last week. Last Wednesday, Iran was elected to a four year term on the Commission on the Status of Women, in spite of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's description of Iran as a regime that routinely persecutes women's rights activists.

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