Iran: Political Prisoner Summoned and Threatened by Prison Intelligence Agents

NCRI - According to reports, political prisoner Saeid Sangar was summoned last week by intelligence agents in Urmia prison – North Western Iran, and threatened over his recording the prison events in his diaries. Prison officials have told the prisoner he’ll not be allowed to meet with his family members if he keeps writing about prison situation in his memoir.

Iran: The Photo of One of the Perpetrators of the 1980s Massacre of MEK Members Released

NCRI - A photo was finally released that shows the face of the notorious judge Mohammad Moghiseh, known as Naserian, for the first time. So far, no image of him had previously been published in a newspaper. In addition, the national television channels had never broadcasted any stories about him or the courts he presided over.

It's noteworthy that his picture had not been released earlier. This insured that the political prisoners (mostly MEK members and supporters) from the 1980s, as well as their families, would not recognize him and his true identity would not be revealed.

Geneva: Iran's 1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners Condemned by UN

NCRI - Coinciding with the United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva, a conference titled “Impunity and International Justice – 1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners – From 1988 to 2017” was held at the invitation of five non-government organizations ranked as UN advisors. Political dignitaries, jurists, and human rights personalities also took part in this gathering.

The speakers condemned the wave of executions and inhumane crimes by the mullahs’ regime against the Iranian people. They also called for an international probe into the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners and the persecution by Iranian regime officials on crimes against humanity.

Iran Court Confirms Five Years Prison Sentence for Christian Convert

NCRI - The five years prison sentence issued by the court of first instance for the Iranian Christian convert Ebrahim Firouzi has been confirmed by the appeals court.

The so-called Revolutionary Court has convicted Firoozi of ‘forming a group in order to disrupt national security’, while human rights defenders say that Firoozi is in prison only for his beliefs.

European Parliament Award for Gerard Deprez, the President of the Friends of a Free Iran

NCRI - Gerard Deprez, was awarded the European Parliament Member of the Year 2017 award on justice and civil liberties. Mr. Deprez is a member of European Parliament and minister in Belgium’s government, who currently holds the presidency of the Friends of a Free Iran intergroup consisting of more than 200 representatives from different European countries as well as various political groups in European Parliament,
The award was given by the Parliament magazine in a ceremony held on Wednesday March 22 in Brussels.

Flogging Sentence for Iron Ore Mine Striker Confirmed

NCRI - According to lawyer of Bafgh Iron Ore strikers, flogging sentence for one of them has been confirmed.

In an interview with state-run ILNA news agency, Mohammad-ali Jedari-foroughi, lawyer of Mohammad-Hassan Tashakori and a number of other Bafgh Iron Ore workers, announced that Tashakori’s sentence, tried and sentenced to flogging for complicity in disrupting order, was changed on appeal, but his suspended flogging sentence was confirmed.

Submission of a Resolution to U.S. Congress, Condemning the 1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners in Iran

On March 9, 2017, Mr. McCaul submitted a resolution to the U.S. House of Representatives (for himself, Mr. Royce of California, Mr. Engel, Mrs. Comstock, Mr. McClintock, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Keating, Mr. Sherman, Mr. Young of Alaska, and Ms. Judy Chu of California) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

RESOLUTION

Condemning the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for the 1988 massacre of political prisoners and calling for justice for the victims.

Iran: 120 arrested at east Tehran night party

NCRI - Reports indicate the Revolutionary Guards and state police in Iran arrested 120 people at a night party in east Tehran.

“A number of young men and women were arrested in an operation carried out in cooperation with the public prosecutor’s office,” said Heydar Fattahi, the public prosecutor of Pardis on Wednesday.

“These are considered cultural crimes. Young men and women who don’t have any relations with others of the opposite sex, being in specific areas until late into the night, and disturbing the localS’ peace,” he added.

U.N. Rapporteur: We Are Concerned of Freedom of Speech in Iran

NCRI - Asma Jahangir, the United Nations Special Rapporteur in Human Rights in Iran criticized Tehran for the lack of freedom of speech.

“My concerns are that when people are arrested and threatened, they don’t talk and when they don’t enjoy freedom of speech, this is the result. Then we see they get jail the young and bloggers,” she said in an interview with VOA.

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