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by-Jazeh Miller

A group of political prisoners have written a letter in order to gain the attention of human rights organisations with regards to the appalling conditions prisoners have to deal with. The prisoners from Ardebil prison urged the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to take immediate action to remedy the situation of political prisoners in Gohardasht prison near the country’s capital. The prisoners in Gohardasht prison are currently participating in a hunger strike.

by Poorang Novak

Earlier this month, the inauguration ceremony for President Hassan Rouhani of Iran took place. This marked the start of his second term. There were officials from across the world in attendance, including Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, where she was a special guest.

by Jazeh Miller

Alireza Tajiki, a young Iranian aged just 21, has been executed in Iran. He was arrested when he was only 15 years old and was convicted and sentenced to execution.

by Jazeh Miller

Several EU officials including EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini travelled to Iran for the inauguration of President Hassan Rouhani as he starts his second term as the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran. They were there along with the prime minister of Syria, dictator of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe, a leader of Hezbollah and Ramadan Abdullah Shallah who is on the FBI Most Wanted Terrorists list and is classed as a “Specially Designated Terrorist” by the United States.

By INU Staff

INU - Hamed Shamshiripour was an asylum seeker being held on Manus Island. Earlier this week he was found dead in a forested area near the refugee transit centre where he was staying. Numerous people had been raising alarms about his health. These included fellow asylum seekers and refugees on the island, several mental health specialists in the refugee centre, and advocates in Australia. They warned that Shamshiripour frequently suffered from chaotic behaviour and worrying psychotic episodes.

By INU Staff

INU - Porters deliver and sell goods. Reports indicate that at least 68,000 porters are working in Iran’s border provinces, of which 16,000 to 18,000 are in Piranshahr and Sardasht.
These numbers are increasing because of the Iran’s high unemployment situation. Young children, women, and the elderly are becoming porters, as well as university graduates.

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