A Washington-based lawyer for a U.S. permanent resident imprisoned in Iran by IRGC has called him as a "hostage."
Jason Poblete said in a statement on Thursday that Iranian accusations that Nizar Zakka confessed to authorities are "completely false." AP, reported on February 23, 2017.
Date issued: February 22, 2017
‘Politics of demonization’ upbringing division and fear
Amnesty International releases its Annual Report for 2016 to 2017. The report, The State of the World’s Human Rights, delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights around the world, covering 159 countries. It says in part that in 2016, governments turned a blind eye to war crimes, pushed through deals that undermine the right to claim asylum, passed laws that violate free expression, incited murder of people simply because they are accused of using drugs, justified torture and mass surveillance, and extended draconian police powers.Governments also turned on refugees and migrants; often an easy target for scapegoating. Amnesty International’s Annual Report documents how 36 countries violated international law by unlawfully sending refugees back to a country where their rights were at risk.
NCRI - Iranian regime’s head of judiciary has ordered that Sunni prisoners convicted of drug trafficking to be executed as soon as possible so that they won’t be subject to the new legislation approved by regime’s Parliament.
According to reports, a senior judiciary official has revealed a secret decree given by the head of regime’s judiciary ‘Sadegh Amoli Larijani’ to courts to quickly go ahead with the execution of Sunni prisoners convicted of drug trafficking.
NCRI - The Swedish Government has proposed a resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council against the Iranian regime for violating human rights. The Swedish representative in the UN announced that the purpose of this resolution is to prepare a text to extend the general mandate of the human rights rapporteur to investigate the Iranian regime for a year.
NCRI - According to the released reports, the family of Mostafa Azadi on Tuesday, February 14th staged a sit-in protest in front of the office of the Head of the Judiciary, Sadegh Larijani until the morning of Wednesday, February 15th demanding the halt of the death penalty for their son who is imprisoned in the solitary confinement awaiting execution.
NCRI - The father of Martyr Mostafa Karim Beigi in a statement condemned the agents of the Ministry of the Intelligence for arresting his wife and intimidating to set his house on fire.
The statement reads:"you told us that Shahnaz will be released provided that we keep silent. Lies after lies, oppression after oppression! I proudly announce that I am the father of Mostafa Karim Beigi; a 26-year old boy who sacrificed his life to Iran and freedom."
NCRI - In a letter from inside Zabol Central Prison Southeastern Iran, the political prisoner Arjang Davoudi describes prison’s humiliating conditions and how the prisoners are tortured there:
My fellow Iranians!
NCRI - In a brutal crackdown on ward 1 of Khoramabad (Eastern Iran) Central Prison on Monday February 6, prison guards kept prisoners outside their cells in open air from 7 in the morning despite extreme cold.
According to reports from inside the prison, the prisoners, most of whom without enough clothes or wearing worn-out ones with some being old and sick, were forced to stay in an extreme cold weather for two and a half hours.
NCRI - According to state-run IRNA news agency, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, Iranian regime’s Tehran Prosecutor General, announced Wednesday February 8 that based on regime’s Islamic Penal Code, the Prosecutor Office has submitted requests to the courts to cancel retaliation sentences for ten under-18 convicts, of which six requests have been accepted.
International human rights organizations have repeatedly expressed concerns over executing convicts who were under-18 at the time of their offense, saying that a lot of such convicts in Iran are awaiting execution.