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Extrajudicial Punishment Remains Routine for Christians and Other Political Prisoners

Extrajudicial Punishment Remains Routine for Christians

By Edward Carney

It was reported on Thursday that after being denied asylum in Germany, a 58-year-old Iranian convert to Christianity was immediately arrested upon being deported back to Iran. Fatemeh Azad fled to the West in 2015 with her three sons, and although two of them were granted asylum, her own application was denied in May. Her third son is also at risk of deportation, and consequently of arrest in a country where converting from Islam to any other religion is a criminal offense.

Iranian Security Forces Kill Two People in Sistan and Baluchestan

Iranian Security Forces Kill Two People in Sistan and Baluchestan

By INU Staff

INU - The Iranian regime’s security forces in the impoverished Sistan and Baluchistan Province opened fire on a vehicle carrying fuel and killed the driver and the passenger.

According to Iranian human rights activists, on Sunday, July 21, 2019, two Iranian Baluch citizens were killed on the road between Khash and Saravan after security forces opened fire on their car which was carrying fuel.

Several Executions Across Iran

Several Executions Across Iran

By INU Staff

INU - Reports from Iran indicate that a number of prisoners have been executed this week. On Tuesday, four prisoners in Orumieh (Urmia) prison were executed. They have been named as Hayman Banawand, Jafar (Iman) Mohammadi, Mohammad-Aref (Jahangir) Najafian and Mahmood Khaledi. They day before their execution, they were taken from their cells into solitary confinement. They had been charged with murder.

Dual Nationals Remain in Jail in Iran

Dual Nationals Remain in Jail in Iran

By INU Staff

INU - Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been imprisoned in Iran since her arrest in Tehran in 2016. The Iranian authorities accused her of spying and plotting to topple the Iranian government. However, her family maintain that she was in Iran to introduce her young daughter to her family.

The Iranian regime has a history of using dual nations to gain leverage over other countries. The regime of course denies this allegation, but its actions prove otherwise. Only a few months ago, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said that he had offered the United States a prisoner swap in 2018.

Iran Continues to Mistreat Political Prisoners

Iran Continues to Mistreat Political Prisoners

By INU Staff

INU - Human rights organisations have long been commenting on prison conditions in Iran. There are a huge number of political prisoners in the country and the conditions they are faced with are appalling.

At the beginning of the year, Amnesty International reported on Iran’s “year of shame” in which more than 7,000 people were arrested during the 2018 crackdown on dissent. It highlighted that the Iranian regime “carried out a shameless campaign of repression” last year in which protests were crushed and mass arrests were made.

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