Wednesday , 18 October 2017

Human rights

Yazd City Council will not Tolerate Suspension of Zoroastrian Member

Radiozamaneh – The suspension of Sepanta Niknam, the Zoroastrian Yazd City Councillor by the Administrative Court of Justice has sparked outrage amongst his peers and the public. A defeated hardliner candidate of the municipal elections has targeted Niknam for not being Muslim and has argued non-Muslims cannot run for office in a Muslim majority country. Sepanta Niknam, the Zoroastrian Yazd City Councillor …

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Reformist Journalist Sasan Aghaei in Prolonged Solitary Confinement Despite Calls for His Release by MPs

CHRI- The Iranian judiciary is refusing to release reformist journalist Sasan Aghaei, who has been detained for more than two months in solitary confinement despite calls for his release by members of Parliament. Since August 12, 2017, the deputy editor-in-chief of the reformist Etemad newspaper has been held in solitary confinement in Evin Prison’s Ward 241, controlled by the judiciary’s intelligence branch. “I ask judicial officials …

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Prisoner Hanged on Murder Charges

Iran Human Rights  – A prisoner was executed on murder charges at Rasht Central Prison (Lakan). According to a close source, on the morning of Saturday October 14, a prisoner was executed at Rasht Central Prison. The prisoner, Hamidreza Khoshbakht, was sentenced to death on murder charges. Close sources told Iran Human Rights (IHR) that Hamidreza was born on 1993. Four …

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Iran: Man Executed at Kerman Prison

Iran Human Rights  –  A prisoner was executed on Moharebeh charges at Kerman Prison. According to ISNA and the Deputy of Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s office of Kerman, Mokhtar Shamsuddini, on the morning of Thursday October 12, a prisoner was hanged at Kerman Prison. The prisoner identified as P.D. was charged with Moharebeh for blocking the road, kidnapping some Afghans, and …

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Narges Mohammadi Calls on MPs to End the “Illegal” Torture of Solitary Confinement in Iran’s Prisons

CHRI – Imprisoned prominent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has called on members of Iran’s Parliament to investigate and end the “illegal” practice of solitary confinement of prisoners. “As a defender of human rights who has been tortured by this practice, I consider it my duty to take every opportunity to express my protest against solitary confinement, the suffering victims of …

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Tehran Prosecutor: Streaming TinyMoviez Website Shut Down For “Indecent” Content

CHRI – Case Highlights State Sanctioning of Copyright Infringement in Iran The popular Iranian streaming movies website, TinyMoviez, which featured pirated material, was shut down for distributing “indecent” foreign films, announced Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi on October 10, 2017. The prosecutor was responding to media reports that the TinyMoviez website was shut down by a judicial order in response to …

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Seven Reformists MPs Plan to Sue Iran’s State Broadcasting Agency IRIB for Defamation

CHRI – Seven reformist members of Iran’s Parliament who were recently sentenced to prison for their political views will sue the state TV and radio broadcasting agency for alleging the MPs engaged in espionage. On October 5, 2017, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting’s (IRIB) “20:30” news program displayed a blurry group photo of the MPs—Mohammad Reza Khatami, Mohsen Safaei Farahani, …

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Family of Late Iranian President Rafsanjani Banned From Traveling Abroad

Four family members of the late Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani have been banned from traveling abroad by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), while one member is facing a “fabricated case” against her, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). In addition to being banned from international travel, Rafsanjani’s daughter, former member of Parliament Faezeh Hashemi, is …

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