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Ongoing Repression of Iran’s Minorities Contributes to Threats of Popular Protest

By Mahmoud Hakamian

On Sunday, Agence France-Presse reported that two managers at an Iranian state television channel had been fired over the broadcast of a live program deemed insulting to Sunni Muslims. While this headline given the impression of meaningful efforts by regime authorities to exhibit sensitivity to Iran’s minority groups, the underlying incident is also one of many examples of a culture of discrimination in Iranian state media and in mainstream Iranian society as a whole.

Two Months After Nationwide Flooding, Iran Still Withholds Relief, Attacks Victims

By Edward Carney

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the European Civil Protection Mechanism have recently released estimates regarding the severity of the flooding that struck at least 25 of Iran’s 31 provinces beginning in mid-March. The figures indicate that upwards of 12 million Iranian citizens have been affected by the disaster, and that roughly two million of them are currently in need of humanitarian relief. However, such relief has not been forthcoming from the Iranian government, and Iran Human Rights Monitor seized upon the international reports last week to accuse Tehran of withholding available funds.

Ramadan Marks Accelerated Repression of Iran’s Religious Minorities, Secular Youth

By Mahmoud Hakamian

On Wednesday, Iran Human Rights Monitor reported upon a raid that occurred at a restaurant located on the campus of a university in Iran’s “second city,” Mashhad. The report was accompanied by video that had been posted to social media showing students and patrons fleeing on rooftops to escape security forces. All those who were captured in the raid will likely be prosecuted for the crime of eating during daylight hours in the holy month of Ramadan. Authorities had previously warned against such violations of Islamic practice, emphasizing that anyone who was caught would be arrested and punished under the law.

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).

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