Sunday , 9 May 2021

Human rights

USCRIF : Religious Restrictions in Iran

Shabtabnews – Since 1979 Iran’s government has shown a consistent disregard for the rights of religious minority communities who  run afoul of the government’s narrow interpretation of Shi’a Islam. Even the majority Shi’a Muslim population must adhere to the government’s religious doctrine of Leadership of the Jurist (vilayt e-faqih). Those with alternative or differing opinions have suffered harassment, surveillance, arrest, …

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Three Jailed Iranian Journalists ‘Denied Appropriate Treatment’ For COVID

RFL/RE – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is urging Iranian authorities to release from prison three journalists who it said are being denied appropriate medical care after “almost certainly” catching COVID-19 while in detention. Baktash Abtin, Reza Khandan Mahabadi, and Kayvan Samimi Behbahani “must be freed at once,” the Paris-based media freedom watchdog said on May 7. Abtin and Mahabadi are members of the …

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Sunni Extremists Terrorizing Residents in Iranian Kurdistan

Iranwire – Iranian Kurds have long been subjected to injustice and discrimination by the Islamic Republic. Largely overlooked until recently, however, were the increasingly brazen violent acts committed against them by the Sunni jihadists unleashed in the region after the wars in Iraq and Syria. On May 1, extremists attacked a group of young people in a neighborhood in the …

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No Ransom Payment for Iran

newsweek.com – Iran’s state news agency reported a few days ago that the Biden administration has agreed to release $7 billion of frozen Iranian assets and four Iranian prisoners in exchange for four American prisoners falsely accused of espionage in Iran. While the Biden administration denied the report, Iranian security forces have reportedly already removed American prisoners from Evin Prison’s general ward …

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The Tragic Lives of Iranian Refugees in Turkey

Iranwire – It has been more than a year since coronavirus spread around the world and since it was classified a pandemic. Although long-term quarantine policies to control the virus in some countries have reduced the spread of the virus and reduced the number of deaths, in many other countries, this is not the case. At the same time, governments and …

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Attacks on Houses of Worship and Religious Leaders in Burkina Faso

Shabtabnews – USCIRF Releases New Report on Violent Islamist Groups in the Central Sahel Washington, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom today released the following new report on religious freedom violations committed by violent Islamist groups in the central Sahel region of west Africa: Central Sahel Factsheet (https://uscirf.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4140491c2adff549668e45bcc&id=47fe45a552&e=bd32a99346)– Over the past half decade, violent Islamist groups …

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Khavaran: An Unmarked Graveyard Turned Battleground for Iran’s Future

Iranwire – The name of Khavaran, a cemetery southwest of Tehran, has long been associated with the criminal history of the Islamic Republic. Many victims of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners, whose bodies were never identified or returned to their families, are buried here in unmarked, mass graves. The Iranian regime has tried time and again to wipe out any trace …

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Three ‘Suicides’ Force Punishing Treatment of Iranian Doctors into the Spotlight

Iranwire – In recent days, news of the alleged suicides of three young doctors at Iran University of Medical Sciences tore through social media and horrified many observers. With the cases now being investigated, other medical students have spoken out about their experiences of constant strain, exploitation and isolation working under the Iranian Ministry of Health. IranWire spoke to three health workers …

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Inmates left unattended amid spread of Coronavirus in Behbahan prison

Iran-HRM – Dozens of inmates have contracted Covid-19 with the spread of the fourth wave of coronavirus in Behbahan Prison. An old prisoner died of Covid-19 in the prison. The prisoner, known as Abdullah Palang, died of shortness of breath in front of the prisoners at 5:00 AM. He was left unattended in prison and was cared for by his …

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Two Brothers of Executed Iranian Wrestler Fear Same Fate

CHRI – Eight months after an Iranian wrestler was unjustly executed in Shiraz, his brothers Vahid and Habib Afkari remain in prolonged solitary confinement in the same prison where they’ve also been tortured and threatened with execution, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. “These brothers potentially witnessed the crimes committed against their brother and now they could also …

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