Amnesty International: Iran Political Prisoner Threatened With Extended Jail Sentence for 1988 Massacre Complaint

Amnesty International on Monday published an updated Urgent Action notice about an Iranian political prisoner who is being threatened with an extended prison sentence for demanding justice over the unlawful execution of her siblings in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran.

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Report From Inside Iran: Prisoner of Conscience on Hunger Strike

NCRI - An Iranian Sunni prisoner in Rajai Shahr Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran, has been on hunger strike for more than 14 days due to the authorities’ refusal to provide him medical care.

Seyyed Qassem Abesteh has lost 7 kilograms in weight since going on hunger strike on May 7. Reports indicate a tumor has been found near this prisoners’ tonsils, making even breathing difficult for him.

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Iran: 45-Year Old Prisoner Killed by Prison's Head of Intelligence

NCRI - A prisoner in Zabol Prison (Southeastern Iran) was attacked and killed by prison’s head of intelligence at midnight Tuesday May 16.

According to reports, Zabol Prison’s head of intelligence ‘Gholamreza Rezaei’, while pretending to inspect ward 4, went right to a 45-year old prisoner named ‘Ramezan Koohkan’, throwing him down from the top of a triple bunk bed.

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U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom Condemns Iran Regime's Minority Rights Violations

NCRI - US Commission on Religious Freedom has in its 2017 report addressed the religious freedom violations across the world, including Iran.

The commission says in its latest report released on Wednesday May 14 “there’s been a continuous violation of religious freedom in Iran over the past year, with unlawful long detention, torture, imprisonment, and execution based on religious accusations being commonplace.”

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60 Arrested in a Mixed-Gender Party in Northern Iran

NCRI - Arrests in the cities across Iran have extended to birthday parties and weddings and dozens have been arrested under such circumstances.

45 men and women were arrested in a party held in a sofa factory, Public prosecutor of Qom reported On May3.

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Iran: Teen Prisoner Commits Suicide

NCRI - To protest the pressures of prison guards, a 15-year-old prisoner committed suicide in the Zabul prison, South Eastern Iran.

On Monday May 8th the young prisoner, called Ali Shahsavari who along with three others had been shackled, tortured and beaten by ‘Hassan Mir’ the head of prison and ‘Gholamreza Rezai’ the head of the prison’s security and information. Committed suicide in Correction and Rehabilitation ward of Zabul Central Prison. The fate of this prisoner is unknown.

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Iran; 55 Men and Women Were Arrested at a Dinner Party

NCRI - On May 7, 2017 in the city of Kerman – South Eastern Iran, 55 men and women participating in an overnight mixed gender party were arrested. Public prosecutor of Kerman province announced.
 
According to the state run ‘Mizan news’ Dadkhoda Salari announced: In addition to detained citizens, 19 luxury cars and two motorcycles belonging to them were also seized and the party venue was sealed as well.

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Amnesty International Stands in Solidarity With Trade Unionists in Iran

The following public statement by Amnesty International called for the release of imprisoned Iranian trade unionist and upholding workers’ rights.

Public statement:

Several trade unionists in Iran languish in prison while many others face prison sentences of up to a decade solely for their peaceful trade union activities, Amnesty International said on the eve of International Worker’s Day on 1 May.

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Iran: 2 Arrested for Social Media Use

NCRI - Two Iranian Kurds were arrested on April 2nd for managing a Telegram social media channel about workers and child labor.

Haywa Kiaie and Mehdi Salahi phoned their families on April 4th to inform them of their arrest. However, they did not mention the charges raised against them and where they were being held.

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