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London, 12 Sep - A statement relating to the 1988 Iranian massacre will be submitted to António Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations, during the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council, which began on September 11.

The statement, entitled The 1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners in Iran: Time for the Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, was written by three non-governmental organizations in special consultative status; France Libertés: Fondation Danielle Mitterrand, Women's Human Rights International Association, and Mouvement contre le racisme ET pour l'amitié entre les peuples.

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London, 11 Sep - It has been reported that the hunger strike in Rajai Shahr Prison is growing. More and more prisoners, from other prisons across Iran too, are joining in the strike.

The hunger strike was started in Rajai Shahr Prison, with around two dozen participants who are continuing indefinitely. Several prisoners in Ardabil Prison joined in solidarity, partaking in a two-week hunger strike.

Some reports say that the total number of prisoners on hunger strike is around 130, plus countless other activists inside and outside the country.

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London, 7 Sep - The Iranian Regime has reimposed the death penalty of a religious leader after the original death sentence was overturned by the Supreme Court, a representative for the judiciary said on Sunday.

Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, the spokesman for the judiciary, said: “[Mohammad Ali Taheri’s] case was sent back to court and tried with the presence of a lawyer and various advisers and the judge has again reached.”

According to the Regime-affiliated news agency ISNA, he also said that the sentence could be appealed.

Iran Focus

London, 8 Sep - An organisation dedicated to freedom of the press and fighting for the rights of journalists all over the world have condemned the Iranian Regime’s treatment of a journalist and political prisoner, which caused him to lose half of his face.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) released a statement about Alireza Rajaee, a board member of the Association of Iranian Journalists, who has recently undergone a long delayed treatment for cancer, which cost him his right eye and part of his face.

By Jubin Katiraie

British politicians, dignitaries, and activists gathered in London on Saturday to call on the UK government to lead the world in setting up an independent committee to investigate the 1988 Iranian massacre, in which 30,000 political prisoners were executed, and bring those responsible to justice.

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London, 8 Sep - Princeton University is reportedly working on a daily basis to free their doctoral student held hostage in Iran.

Xiyue Wang, a fourth-year history graduate student, travelled to Iran in 2016 to do research for his dissertation and was imprisoned by the Regime for spying.

Princeton University released a statement, which noted that Wang, 37, had been “unjustly imprisoned” and that the Regime had extorted Wang out of nearly $12,000.

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London, 5 Sep - Amnesty International launched a campaign to stop the Iranian Regime from destroying one of the mass graves in which some of the over 30,000 victims of the 1988 massacre are buried.

The grave in question, located in the southern city of Ahvaz, is of immediate concern because construction near the area has already begun and Amnesty is concerned about losing evidence which could bring the murderers, who are still being sheltered by the Regime, to justice.

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London, 7 Sep - Iran has an extensive network of clandestine spies and recent reports suggest that dozens of journalists are being threatened and blackmailed. Their aim is to make sure that there is only positive coverage of Iran in global media.

It is estimated that at least 50 international journalists (and / or their family members) have been on the
receiving-end of threats from Iranian spies in the past year alone.

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London, 4 Sep - A British politician spoke out about the deplorable human rights situation in Iran and called on the EU Foreign Policy chief to condemn the horrific human rights violations as well, at a London rally on Saturday.

Struan Stevenson, former chair of European Parliament’s official Delegation for Relations with Iraq, said: “The EU’s policy on Iran is totally flawed and it is nowhere more evident than the attitude of its foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini regarding the despicable situation of human rights in that country.”

Mogherini recently attended the inauguration of the supposedly moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, despite the tragic nature of human rights in Iran.

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