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By INU Staff

INU - The US State Department confirmed on Wednesday, August 15, that it is "closely monitoring" reports of human rights abuses in Iran.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said: "We are closely monitoring reports of numerous human rights defenders and members of minority groups, such as the Gonabadi Dervishes, who were unlawfully or arbitrarily incarcerated in Iranian regime prisons."

Mother of Iranian Political Prisoner Forced to Listen to Son’s Torture

By INU Staff

INU - The elderly mother of a detained civil rights activist in Iran since July has reported receiving phone calls, in which it sounds like her son is being tortured.

The mother of Farhad Meysami, who wished to keep her name private, complained about the phone calls in a letter to the Revolutionary Court in Evin Prison on August 13.

As Familiar Prison Abuse Continues, Iran Steps up Prosecution of Political Detainees

By Edward Carney

On Tuesday, Iran Human Rights Monitor reported additional details regarding a raid that took place the previous week in the political ward of Rajai Shahr Prison, in the city of Karaj. The report indicates that the raid targeted a section of that ward that primarily holds Sunni political prisoners, and that their beliefs were insulted by agents of the Islamic theocracy during the highly coordinated and violent raid.

Iran’s Massacre: 30 years on

By INU Staff

INU - Amnesty International renewed its warning on July 26 over Iran’s attempts to destroy evidence of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. This evidence – the only visible proof of the massacre – are the mass graves that the people were buried in.

HRW: Iran should release detained enviormentalists

By INU Staff

INU - Human Rights Watch has said that Iran should immediately release the eight environmental activists that they detained in February unless the group can be charged with recognizable crimes and evidence to support the charges.

Amnesty: Iran Will Be Breaking International Law With Executions

By INU Staff

INU - Amnesty International said on Wednesday that Iran would be breaking international law if it goes ahead with the execution of those arrested during the economic crisis in Iran.

The human rights group expressed “alarm” over the arrests and stressed that executions for non-violent offences are “in direct breach of international law”.

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