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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.”

Iran Works to Revoke Already-Scarce Protections for Activists and Minorities

By Edward Carney

On Monday, Iran Human Rights Monitor released its latest monthly summary of human rights issues in the Islamic Republic. The report called further attention to a variety of incidents that had been reported over the course of May, as well as highlighting a few that had not been as extensively covered by media outlets that are focused on Iranian affairs, human rights activism, or both.

Still Disregarding International Law, Iran Prepares to Execute Another Juvenile Offender

By Abdolrahman Mahabadi

It has been reported in recent days that another person is facing execution in the Islamic Republic of Iran despite having been under the age of 18 at the time of his alleged crime. Danial Zeinulabedini was charged alongside three other men for a murder that reportedly took place in September 2017, when Zeinbulabedini was still 17. He has maintained his innocence in subsequent proceedings, but regardless of his role in the incident, international law technically bars the Iranian judiciary from imposing capital punishment on persons who have not attained the recognized age of majority.

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