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Medical Deprivation Increasingly Common for Iranian Political Prisoners

By Edward Carney

Among other recurring human rights violations, the Iranian judiciary has a long track record of using the denial of essential medical services as a form of extrajudicial punishment, especially in cases of political imprisonment. The Islamic Republic is apparently in the midst of a worsening crackdown on dissent, which has in turn spurred a further tightening of restrictions on civil and political rights. As such, there are signs of acceleration in established patterns of abuse.

Iran: Increase in Number of Suspicious Prison Deaths

By Mahmoud Hakamian

For quite some time, Iranians in prisons across the country are dying under suspicious circumstances. Since the uprising that started at the end of 2017, the number of activists, dissidents and political prisoners that are dying while incarcerated is something that should be of major concern to the international community.

Iranian Man Sentenced to Controversial Forced Labour Punishment

By INU Staff

INU - The Iranian Judiciary has sentenced a man to forced labour in a mortuary in the north-eastern province of Khorasan Razavi; something considered a controversial sentence by many Iranians.

The 28-year-old man, who has not been named, was given “180 hours of forced labour in a mortuary” by the 6th Branch of the Khorasan Razavi Penal Court for unintentionally shooting at a passerby with a shotgun, according to a report on the state-run ROKNA website.

Anti-Afghan Sign Just the Latest Discrimination in Iran

By INU Staff

INU - Iranians and Afghans have been expressing their outrage on social media after video footage of a racist sign, displayed at a shop in Nazarabad, Alborz, went viral.

The sign read: "The entry of Afghans into this store is forbidden because I do not like them."

Political Prisoner Killed by Iranian Regime Operatives

By INU Staff

INU - It has been reported that Alireza Shir-Mohammad-Ali, a political prisoner that has been in prison in the Greater Tehran Penitentiary (also known as Fashafouyeh), was murdered by regime operatives. The political prisoner was only 21 years old and he was attacked by Hamidreza Shoja and Mohammad Reza Khalilzadeh.

Arrests of Iranian Lawyers are Latest Evidence of Steadily-Expanding Crackdown

By Edward Carney

It has been widely reported that Iran has been in the midst of a large-scale crackdown on civil and political rights in recent years. Although restrictions on free speech and political dissent have been commonplace throughout the four-decade history of the Islamic Republic, but the current situation is distinguished, in part, by a more coordinated effort to extend those restrictions to the legal defense of persons who are accused of political and religious offenses like “insulting the supreme leader” or “spreading propaganda against the regime.”

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