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Unpunished Crime: the 1988 Massacre of Political prisoners in Iran

By INU Staff

INU- From 1981 to 1987, thousands of Iranian activists, mainly youth, were arrested for opposing the regime and for supporting the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI, MEK).
When Khomeini felt that defeat was imminent during the final phases of the Iran-Iraq war, he decided to take his revenge on these political prisoners. Many of the prisoners had previously been imprisoned and released, but were re-arrested. Prisoners were sorted across the country by their political affiliation, or whether they had denounced the MEK.

Germany’s appeasement of Iran at the expense of human rights

By INU Staff

INU- The Iranian regime has a history of deception and lies. It has proven time and time again that it cannot be trusted. Indeed, the Islamic Revolution was based on a lie. Founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, assured the people of Iran that he did not want personal power – rather he wanted an Islamic democracy. What a lie this turned out to be. Iran became under the rule of a dictator and corruption and brutality have been defining elements of the clerical rule ever since.

Amnesty: Iran must release environmentalists

By INU Staff

INU- Amnesty International has urged Iran to release eight environmentalists arrested on "trumped-up" spying charges, subjected to inhumane treatment and given a "grossly unfair trial".

Executions of minorities in Iran rose last year

By INU Staff

INU- The executions of people from minority ethnic groups in Iran has risen, according to a new report, which also highlights that Iran is one of few countries to still carry out public executions and sentence children to death.

As Crackdown Continues, Signs Point to Targeting of Women’s and minorities’ Rights Activists

By Edward Carny

In the midst of a broad-ranging crackdown on dissent, authorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran have taken aim at a number of specific groups. Since the beginning of 2018, multiple reports have emerged to suggest stepped-up persecution of women’s rights activists, labor organizers, conservationists, demographers, and others. In many cases, the persecution consists of arrests and trials that are based on vague applications of Iranian law, as when persons have been charged with unspecified national security crimes and interrogated for the sake of building any case that becomes available.

Reports Emphasize Both General and Specific Trends in Iranian Human Rights Abuses

By Edward Carny

The United Nations and Amnesty International each recently contributed to a long series of reports concerning ongoing human rights abuses and crackdowns on dissent in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the broader Middle East.

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