Tuesday , 15 June 2021

Human rights

UN to Iran: Ahmadreza Djalali Nearing Death in Solitary Confinement, Torture Must End Now

CHRI — UN human rights experts* today demanded that Iranian authorities immediately release arbitrarily detained Iranian-Swedish academic Ahmadreza Djalali who is reportedly in a critical condition and near death after months of prolonged solitary confinement. “Djalali’s situation is truly horrific. He has been held in prolonged solitary confinement for over 100 days with the constant risk of his imminent execution laying over …

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Iran Should Pardon ‘Unjustly’ Imprisoned Journalists For Norouz, RSF Urges

RFL/RE – As Iranians prepare to celebrate Norouz, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is calling on Iran’s government to grant pardons to the 21 journalists and citizen-journalists it says are “unjustly” imprisoned in the country. The 21 men and women, whose “only crime was to do their duty to report the facts,” are preparing to spend the Persian New Year celebration …

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amnesty.org – Ali Khasraji, Hossein Silawi, Jasem Heidary and Naser Khafajian, from Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority, were executed in secret in Sepidar prison on 28 February 2021. The Iranian authorities are concealing the full truth about their fate as well as the location of their graves and are refusing to return their bodies to their families, thereby committing the ongoing …

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Swedish-Iranian doctor held in Iran near death after ‘cruel mistreatment’: UN experts

Al-Monitor – A Swedish-Iranian doctor detained by Iran is “near death” after months in solitary confinement and other “cruel mistreatment,” a group of United Nations experts said Thursday.  Ahmadreza Djalali “has been held in prolonged solitary confinement for over 100 days with the constant risk of his imminent execution laying over his head with prison officials shining bright lights in his …

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China targets Uyghurs with sham trials, long sentences

share.america.gov – The People’s Republic of China is stepping up baseless prosecutions of Uyghur and other Muslim minorities, sentencing innocent people to years in prison, a new report says. In a February 24 report, Human Rights Watch says that the PRC’s judicial system in Xinjiang has sentenced 250,000 Uyghur and other ethnic minorities to prison, and that cases for which …

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Faezeh Hashemi: A Country that Kills its Citizens Cannot Host Football Matches

Iranwire – Faezeh Hashemi has spoken out about the Asian Football Confederation’s ban on Iranian football clubs hosting matches, saying the ongoing behaviour of the Islamic Republic is to blame. In an audio file obtained by IranWire, the reformist ex-MP and daughter of former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani says the principal reason for the decision is Iran’s “serious …

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U.S. Government, Companies Can Do More to Promote Internet Freedom in Iran

CHRI – An Interview with Internet Freedom and Security Expert Amir Rashidi Key Points: Iranians are largely unable to use international communications tools and services because companies won’t sell their products to them or allow them to use their free services due to fears of violating U.S. sanctions.This undermines the right to access information and digital security because it means …

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