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Iran: Prisoner Commences Hunger Strike in Protest Against Corporal Punishment Sentence

By INU Staff

INU - A Kurdish singer that has been sentenced to 100 lashed and two years imprisonment has started a hunger strike. Peyman Mirzazadeh is being held in Urmia Prison in the north-western part of the country.

He was sentenced by the 110th Branch of the Urmia Public Court to 20 lashes for consuming alcohol and two years imprisonment and 80 lashes for “blasphemy”.

Iran: Amnesty International Statement on “Shocking” Comments Defending 1988 Crime Against Humanity

By Mahmoud Hakamian

Amnesty International has issued a statement with regards to the comments made by a senior Iranian official about the 1988 massacre – a crime against humanity in which 30,000 political prisoners were executed following orders by the Supreme Leader at that time.

Regime Official Defends Iran’s 1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners

By Mahmoud Hakamian

During the course of one single summer, the Iranian regime executed 30,000 political prisoners. The Supreme Leader at that time, Ruhollah Khomeini, had issued a fatwa, or a religious order. Special commissions later described as “death commissions” were set up to oversee the process of the executions.

Extrajudicial Punishment Remains Routine for Christians

By Edward Carney

It was reported on Thursday that after being denied asylum in Germany, a 58-year-old Iranian convert to Christianity was immediately arrested upon being deported back to Iran. Fatemeh Azad fled to the West in 2015 with her three sons, and although two of them were granted asylum, her own application was denied in May. Her third son is also at risk of deportation, and consequently of arrest in a country where converting from Islam to any other religion is a criminal offense.

Iranian Security Forces Kill Two People in Sistan and Baluchestan

By INU Staff

INU - The Iranian regime’s security forces in the impoverished Sistan and Baluchistan Province opened fire on a vehicle carrying fuel and killed the driver and the passenger.

According to Iranian human rights activists, on Sunday, July 21, 2019, two Iranian Baluch citizens were killed on the road between Khash and Saravan after security forces opened fire on their car which was carrying fuel.

Iran Deliberating Operating Political Prisoners to Endanger and Intimidate Them

By INU Staff

INU - Iranian prison authorities are deliberately separating political prisoners and placing them in cells with violent criminals in order to endanger their lives and prevent them from speaking out, according to dissident Alireza Golipour, who remains behind bars and risks persecution for coming forward.

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