Sunday , 15 December 2019

Human rights

US Ambassador expresses concern on the health and state of Dr Noor Ali Tabandeh

Shabtabnews – Ambassador Sam Brownback , the US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom , yesterday expressed his grave concerns in regards to the health and condition of the Gonabadi Sufi’s spiritual leader, Dr Noor Ali Tabandeh. Concerned for health of #Gonabadi #Sufi leader Dr. Noor Ali Tabandeh after months of house arrest in #Iran without access to medical …

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Iran Sunni Leader Calls For Release Of Outspoken Cleric

Radiofarda – The spiritual leader of Iran’s Sunni population has called for the immediate release of a fellow clergyman, who has been behind bars since November 28. “The Islamic Republic authorities must raise the level of their tolerance, and address problems through discussion”, Mawlana Abdolhamid Ismaeelzahi, said on Saturday, December 14. He is considered as the religious leader of Sunnis …

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Arrests Continue In Iran Following Protests, With 140 People Detained

Radiofarda – Nearly a month since anti-government protests in Iran took place, arrests continue while the government has not released any details about more than 8,000 people estimated to be already jailed since November 15. The Chief of Police in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan, southwest Iran, claimed on Friday, December 13 that his forces had identified and arrested 136 …

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Young Partygoers Arrested In Iran For Resembling ‘Devil Worshipers’

Radiofarda – An Iranian Judiciary official on Thursday said 135 young men and women “whose appearance resembled devil worshipers” were arrested in the suburbs of the capital Tehran. Paraphernalia sold in Iran associated with Satanism. Undated Iranian authorities consider certain types of clothing, paraphernalia and accessories such as those with Gothic symbols as well as body art and rap, rock, …

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Two Iran Activists Convicted To Five-Year Prison Terms Each

Radiofarda – Branch 28 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court has sentenced a civic activist and a labor activist to five-year prison terms each. Revolutionary courts do not abide by Iran’s civil code and often issue arbitrary decisions. The court is headed by notorious hardliner judge Mohammad Maghiseh who often handles cases related to dissent or activism in Iran’s capital. Rezvaneh Mohammadi …

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Iran Judiciary Continues Prosecuting Signatories Of Opposition Statement

Radiofarda – Iran’s Judiciary on Thursday summoned another signatory of a 77-signature opposition statement condemning the bloody suppression of November protests for “Propaganda Against the Islamic Republic”. The family of Isa Saharkhiz, a reformist journalist, published an image of the court order today on social media platforms. Saharkhiz who has five days to appear in court has previously been imprisoned …

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Iran Security Chief Says A Majority Of Those Killed During Unrest Were Not Protesters

Radiofarda – Iran’s security chief Ali Shamkhani has claimed that “85 percent of protesters shot to death in the Tehran County during the mid-November anti-government protest had nothing to do with protest gatherings.” Shamkhani, who according to the Iranian administration’s spokesperson Ali Rabiei, has prevented the releasing of the protest casualty toll, however, claimed that the victims have “shot each …

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Iran hangs eight, including woman with husband

Iran-HRM – The Iranian regime executed a couple in the Central Prison of Mashhad, the state-run media reported on December 11. A woman identified as Maryam, 32, was hanged along with her husband, Mehdi R. in the Central Prison of Mashhad. The executions were reported by several state-run media. (The state-run ROKNA news agency – December 11, 2019) The woman …

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In Iran, Six Years For One Word

RFL/RE – Use of a single word deemed offensive by Iranian religious officials resulted in a six-year jail sentence for journalist Pouyan Khoshhal. In an article published in October 2018 in the daily Ebtekar, Khoshhal used the word “death” instead of “martyrdom” in a reference to Imam Husayn, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad who is revered under Iran’s official religion, Shi’ite …

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