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New Hostage-Taking Confirmed, and Risks May Be Growing for Dual Nationals in Iran

‌By Mahmoud Hakamian

On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that an American citizen by the name of Michael R. White has been detained by the Iranian regime since July, making him the fourth known American citizen to be taken hostage by the Iranian regime. The nation’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the detention but did not provide details regarding what, if any, charges have been filed against the 46-year-old US Navy veteran who was arrested in the city of Mashhad after reportedly traveling there to visit his Iranian girlfriend.

Iran Regime tries to force activist to retract statement on being tortured

By INU Staff

INU- The Iranian Regime is pressuring labour activist Esmail Bakhshi to retract his statement about being tortured “to the brink of death” while in prison late last year, with his family also potentially being threatened, according to various sources.

Farzaneh Zilani, the lawyer of the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane workers’ representative, said: “After the torture was brought up, pressure against Esmail Bakhshi intensified and there is evidence that suggests that my client is under pressure and that there is a psychological environment against him to deny the torture.”

Iran’s Persecution of Christians Signals Wider Human Rights Abuses

By Mahmoud Hakamian

In the run-up to Christmas, the Iranian Regime arrested 100 Christians for allegedly promoting their faith to Muslims in an effort to convert them.

Supposedly, Christianity is a tolerated religion and its followers should not be punished by the government for practising their faith, but that is not the reality.

Action Needed on Amnesty International’s Iran Report

By: RezaShafiee

After 30 years, Amnesty International published a 200-page comprehensive report on the massacre of political prisoners in Iran. Its main focus is the dark days of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. Had the 1988 massacre been given enough international attention it deserved back then, the Iranian people would not have faced unbridled human rights abuses the following years. Impunity for crimes in those days emboldened the regime over the years to the extent that it is leveling the graves of the same victims all over Iran.

Arrest of striking workers causes anger in Iran

By INU Staff

INU- The arrest of dozens of striking steelworkers by Iranian security forces in Khuzestan province has left residents feeling rightfully angry.

ehran Continue to Deny while Facing Pressure over Human Rights Violations

By Edward Carney

Pressure continue to mount this week on the Islamic Republic of Iran over its systematic human rights violations, following a number of other instances of Western governments and international human rights groups condemning specific examples of persecution as well as the perceived overall increase in Tehran’s crackdown on dissent.

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