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Iran’s 1988 massacres: Authorities violating torture prohibition through cruel treatment of victims’ families

Amnesty – The Iranian authorities are systematically violating the absolute prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment by cruel practices targeting family members of the thousands of prisoners who were forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed in prisons across Iran in 1988, said Amnesty International on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Three decades on from …

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5 tools of torture which need to be banned

Amnesty – Today is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Sadly, torture remains rife in many countries. And more than sixty years after torture was outlawed internationally, gruesome torture equipment is still being openly marketed and traded around the world. At glitzy arms and security fairs, governments can browse stalls selling equipment whose sole purpose is to cause …

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Letter: Political Prisoner Thanks Richard Ratcliffe for Being the “Voice” of Mothers Behind Bars in Iran

CHRI – Prominent political prisoner Narges Mohammadi has written a letter thanking Richard Ratcliffe for highlighting the suffering of mothers who’ve been imprisoned in Iran for their peaceful actions. “It is most unfortunate that my country’s government has treated women and mothers like this for 40 years [since Iran’s 1979 revolution],” wrote Mohammadi, who is serving a 16-year prison sentence (of which …

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How Khamenei made Abe’s Iran visit a mission impossible

Al-Monitor – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Tehran June 12 for a two-day state visit that was widely seen as a mission to alleviate tensions between Iran and the United States. Little came out of Abe’s meeting with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, and their joint presser offered nothing beyond typical diplomatic exchanges. Between the lines, however, it could …

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Tehran says fresh US sanctions block path to diplomacy

Al-Monitor – “The White House is suffering from mental disability,” said enraged Iranian President Hassan Rouhani June 25 in response to new US sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and several other senior Iranian officials. The punitive measures were approved by President Donald Trump as “a strong and proportionate response” to what he called “Iran’s increasingly provocative actions.” Last week, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot …

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