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Arrestees’ Families Highlight Only a Part of Iran’s Crackdown

By Edward Carney

This week, the families of dual nationals detained in the Islamic Republic of Iran came together in an effort to speak with “one voice” while urging greater efforts by their own governments to secure the release of the falsely accused and arbitrarily detained.

Crackdowns in Iran

By Mahmoud Hakamian

On Saturday, the Associated Press drew upon reports from Iranian state media to add to the catalogue of political prisoners serving sentences in the Islamic Republic. It named Hengameh Shahidi as one of the latest targets in the Iranian regime’s crackdown on dissent, which is ongoing and possibly accelerating despite push back from a domestic protest movement, as well as pressure from foreign governments and human rights activists.

Plight of Environmentalists

By Mahmoud Hakamian

On Tuesday, the environmental news outlet Monga Bay published an article detailing the situation of environmentalists in Iran who have been targeted in a crackdown led by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Amidst International Pressure on Women’s Rights

By Edward Carney

On Monday, the Associated Press reported upon new developments related to Iran’s longstanding and globally condemned ban on female attendance at male sporting events. The report noted that FIFA, the international soccer body, received advice on the issue from its Human Rights Advisory Board, whose mandate has just been extended through 2020.

Iran Regime targeting teachers and labour activists

By INU Staff

INU - The Iranian Regime has increased its targeting of teachers and labour activists over the past few weeks, according to Human Rights Watch, merely for their peaceful protests about unpaid wages and poor living conditions.

On November 13, the Council for Coordination among Teachers Unions planned a nationwide protest over insufficient salaries and a dire economic situation. It was the second teacher-organized walkout since Iran’s public school year began on September 21.

Tehran Openly Disregards Concerns Over Imprisoned Dual Nationals

By Edward Carney

At the start of this week, the Islamic Republic of Iran hosted the new British Foreign Minister, Jeremy Hunt, and media reports indicated that the plight of Iranian dual nationals was a major point of interest during discussions with Iranian officials. But while The Independent declared that Hunt had arrived in Tehran “with a clear message” about the unacceptability of using innocent Westerners as political bargaining chips and tools of anti-Western propaganda, Reuters noted that no such message was conveyed by media inside Iran, where crackdowns on free speech and the independent press have been escalating alongside the repression of dual nationals.

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