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Iran Focus

London, 20 Apr - On Thursday, the CHRI reported upon the latest call to action by United Nations experts regarding issues related Iran’s human rights record and its perennial abuse of the death penalty. The statement was signed by a trio of UN special rapporteurs, Agnes Callamard, Dainius Puras, and Nils Melzer, whose areas of focus are, respectively, extrajudicial and arbitrary executions, universal rights to physical and mental health, and cruel, inhumane, and degrading punishments including torture. It called attention to the case of Ramin Hossein Panahi, an Iranian Kurdish prisoner who is facing a potentially imminent threat of execution.

Iran Focus

London, 14 Apr - Iran is one of the 23 countries that have not yet abolished the death penalty, and according to an April 12th report released by Amnesty International, “more than half (51%) of all recorded executions in 2017 were carried out in Iran.”

Ranking second behind China in terms of executions around the world, Iran has “carried out 84% of the global total number of executions along with Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Pakistan.”

Amnesty International also observed that compared to 2016 there has been “a slight decrease (5%) in execution figures” in Iran, but added that last year, “Iran executed at least 507 people, accounting for 60% of all confirmed executions in the region.”

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London, 02 Apr - After Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson’s continued unsuccessful bids to secure the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, her husband, Richard Ratcliffe called the battle a "test of endurance.”

Two years after her arrest in Iran, he said, “Our story has become a test of endurance, and there is a need to recharge spirits - particularly after the disappointment of the Foreign Secretary's mission failing to deliver, and Nazanin becoming caught up in this government stand off - so we wanted the anniversary to be an occasion where we drew positive energy.”

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London, 13 Apr - In 2017, the number of death sentences and executions carried out declined overall across the world. This is partly due to the measures that have been taken in Iran – one of the top five executioners in the world.

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International released their report regarding the situation of capital punishment across the world recently and indicated that Iran is now putting limitations on executions carried out for drug-related crimes.

During the course of 2017, there were at least 993 executions carried out – a significant drop from 2015 when the figure was at least 1,600. Over half of the recorded executions took place in Iran.

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London, 01 Apr - To avoid being imprisoned for six years for producing metal music, “Confession” band member Nikan Khosravi, left Iran for Turkey on March 29th, according to
the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

He told the CHRI, “The interrogators had translated my English lyrics [into Farsi] verse by verse and were asking questions about this and that word and told me I was a Satan worshipper and didn’t believe in God.” Khosravi added,“They really thought I was a bad person. They asked about who was giving me financial support and what were my connections.”

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London, 11 Apr - Dr. Kavous Seyed Emami, a 63-year-old Iranian academic and founder of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, allegedly killed himself in prison after being arrested by authorities that accused him of espionage.

His family have rubbished the claims that he committed suicide as well as the allegations that he was a spy.

The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), a New York-based non-profit organisation, said that the family were put under great pressure to bury Seyed Emami as quickly as possible. Its executive director also said that the claims of suicide have no credibility.

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London, 26 Mar - The United Nation’s Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution to extend the mandate of a Special Rapporteur to monitor the situation of human rights in Iran, according to Iran’s state-run news agency IRNA.

IRNA reported: “Adopted along with five other resolutions in a meeting in Geneva on Friday, the resolution on Iran extended by a period of one year the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran.”

This means that a Special Rapporteur will be appointed to submit a report on human rights under Iran to the UNHRC during its 40th session and to the UN General Assembly at its 73rd session.

Iran Focus

London, 03 Apr - Maryam Akbari was arrested in December 2009 during street protests against that year’s widely disputed presidential election and charged with collaborating with the banned Mojahedin-e Khalgh organization (MEK, also known as PMOI).

One of the Iranian regime's most notorious judges, sentenced Maryam Akbari Monfared to 15 years’ imprisonment. The political prisoner recently sent an open letter from the women’s ward of Evin Prison Rebuking Judge Salavati.

When Ms. Akbari’s husband inquired about her freedom, Judge Salavati responded, “Let me check out and see whether her name is on the amnesty list.”

Iran Focus

London, 17 Mar - The US State Department has called out the Iranian Regime for its “unacceptable” treatment of the news media, citing reports that journalists there have been harassed, jailed, or worse for doing their jobs.

In a statement, on Thursday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said: “The United States notes with concern the grave conditions facing the press in Iran as detailed in the [United Nations] Special Rapporteur’s report.”

She also called on the Iranian Regime to stop these malign activities and guarantee the right to freedom of expression.

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