Monday , 21 June 2021

Human rights

With Little Hope for Change through the Ballot Box, Iranian Civil Society Debates Strategy

HRW – Activists had seen voting as a way to push for progress, but many are now questioning whether to participate in the upcoming election. Iranian civil society is searching for alternative avenues for change. Twenty days before Iran’s presidential election, the Guardian Council, which vets the candidates, sent shock waves through the political elite and public by disqualifying two prominent figures: …

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IHR Holds Islamic Republic Leaders Responsible for Political Prisoner Sasan Niknafas’ Death

Iran Human Rights – Civil activist Sasan Niknafas has died in the custody of the Greater Tehran Penitentiary due to the prison and judicial authorities’ negligence. He was unfit to serve his sentence due to multiple illnesses but judicial authorities had refused his release despite numerous requests. His death follows that of Gonabadi dervish, Behnam Mahjoubi, who died under similar …

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Jailed retired teacher contracts COVID-19 in Evin Prison

Iran-HRM – An Iranian retired teacher Nahid Fathalian has contracted the coronavirus at the women’s ward of the notorious Evin Prison. Retired teacher Nahid Fathalian tested positive for the virus at the women ward of Tehran’s Evin prison. Nahid Fathalian needs to receive proper treatment, while her stay in prison would threaten the health of other prisoners. Evin Prison authorities have …

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Internet filtering in Iran ramped up ahead of presidential election

Iran-HRM – Internet filtering in Iran has been ramped up ahead of the imminent presidential elections. In the past month, the Iranian authorities have warned social media users and media activists that they would severely deal with those calling for a boycott of the elections. It comes when Iranians are calling for a massive boycott of the elections. On May …

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Iran HRM urges UNSR to investigate conditions of Arzhang Davoudi in prison

Iran-HRM – No information is available on the health conditions of Arzhang Davoudi, 68, who has been detained in the high security ward of Rajaishahr Prison (Gohardasht) in Karaj, isolated from other inmates since May 27, 2021. Political prisoner Arzhang Davoudi was transferred to Rajaishahr Prison after long years of exile in remote prisons in Ahvaz, Bandar Abbas, and Zabol. …

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Human Rights Violations in Iran and Death Threats against Dr. Seyed Azmayesh

Shabtabnews – At the Weekly IRF Roundtable meeting an IOPHR representative and the chair of the Iran action group at IRF , Hamid Gharagozloo, in his report stated that ” At a time when the regime in Iran is facing insurmountable existential challenges, both at home and abroad, such as the critical negotiations with the U.S. and a presidential election …

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Iran Election: Don’t Ignore Ebrahim Raisi’s Gross Rights Violations

CHRI – Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi should be investigated for crimes against humanity, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today. “Raisi is a pillar of a system that jails, tortures, and kills people for daring to criticize state policies,” said CHRI Executive Director Hadi Ghaemi. “Instead of running for president, he should be …

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More Defense Attorneys Prosecuted in Iran for Defending Human Rights

CHRI – The state policy of persecuting and imprisoning independent defense lawyers under false charges for doing their jobs is continuing under Iranian Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi, who is running for the presidency in June 2021. In addition to at least four defense attorneys who are currently imprisoned in the country, two others were recently prosecuted: Farzaneh Zilabi, a lawyer representing workers in their dispute with …

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Behnam Mahjoubi’s Mother Calls for Accountability in Death of Her Son in Custody

Iran Human Rights – Behnam Mahjoubi’s mother says despite three months passing, the forensic medical examiner is not responding to requests for an investigation to establish the cause of her son’s death after being transferred to hospital from Evin Prison. Iran Human Rights calls on the international community to pay attention and follow up on the case of Behnam Mahjoubi. …

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