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Iran Focus

London, 3 Sep - A prominent Iranian journalist, who was a member of the semi-opposition political alliance of "nationalist-religious", has lost his right eye and part of the right side of his face; the result of being denied adequate medical care whilst imprisoned by the Regime.

Alireza Rajaei, who is recovering from a complicated surgery to treat his sinus cancer, was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment in 2011 on bogus national security charges and for belonging to the Nationalist-Religious alliance.

The alliance is deemed to be “deviant” by the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei for being too Western-inclined.

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London, 3 Sep - The Iranian Regime is being heavily condemned by the US and the Iranian Resistance for its death sentence against spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) released a statement, which read: “Taheri has committed no crime, possessed no weapon, and based on this regime’s own medieval and cruel laws cannot even be charged with the vague charges of moharebe or mofsed fel-arz (corruption on earth).”

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London, 1 Sep - An Iranian doctor specialising in medicine for disaster relief who was arrested by the Regime seventeen months ago has finally had his day in court.

Dr. Ahmad Reza Jalali, a physician and researcher who teaches at Vrije University Brussel (VUB) in Belgium, appeared before Revolutionary Court Judge Abolghasem Salavati, who has been cited by the European Union for violations of human rights, on Wednesday August 23.

Jalali, who was working to develop disaster relief training courses for the EU, was arrested for “collaborating with an enemy state” on April 24, 2016, after being invited to visit Tehran University.

He has always denied the charges.

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London, 2 Sep - The President of the Iranian Resistance announced that the Iranian Regime had failed in its goal to eradicate the democratic resistance forces at a ceremony in Albania on September 1, to commemorate the fallen.

Maryam Rajavi said: “Four years have passed since the mass executions of PMOI members in Ashraf, but the regime’s consecutive schemes to annihilate the PMOI have failed and the sacrifice of their victims have inspired and motivated greater protests and social readiness. Two years after signing of the JCPOA, the mullahs have neither pulled the country’s economy out of bankruptcy, nor have they responded to the demands of Iran’s defiant society. They have not found any way out of the quagmire in Syria and the schism at the top of their ominous regime is becoming increasingly wider.”

By Pooya Stone

Dr. Mohammad Maleki, the Iranian academic, human rights advocate and former president of the University of Tehran, issued a statement on the anniversary of the horrific 1988 massacre, a crime against humanity that resulted in the death of more than 30,000 political prisoners.

Maleki, who has been arrested and imprisoned several times for his activism, vowed to never stop seeking justice for the victims of the crime that was perpetrated by the Iranian regime. He said he would campaign until his “last breath”.

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London, 2 Sep - Activists in Brussels held an exhibition the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran, on August 30, and demanded an international inquiry into the crime.

The exhibition, featuring photos, documents and artistic works, was held at the Residence Palace on the 29th anniversary of the massacre.

It was participated in by human rights defenders, renowned legal experts, and European politicians, including Julie Ward, a UK member of the European Parliament and Professor Eric David, Professor of International Law at Université libre de Bruxelles.

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London, 30 Aug - A few days before Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration of his second term as president,
Prison guards forcibly transferred 50 inmates to a separate hall without allowing them to take their personal possessions, including their medicine. It’s reported that during this process, several prisoners who protested were beaten and injured.

On July 30, the special guards of Gohardasht Prison, west of Tehran, also known as Raja’i Shahr, raided a ward where political prisoners, prisoners of conscience, human rights defenders, trade unionists, journalists, and students were kept. They were transferred to Hall 10, a high-security section, where surveillance cameras and listening devices are installed everywhere, including the bathrooms, in an attempt to keep the prisoners under strict control. Hall 10 lacks minimum facilities, including beds and hygienic fitments, and its windows are sealed, so there is little ventilation.

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London, 1 Sep - A former Iranian political prisoner has written an op-ed for the International Business Times on the fight for justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre in which 30,000 people were murdered by the Iranian Regime.

Massoumeh Raouf, a member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, advised that the international community join the fight for justice and demand that those responsible are tried for crimes against humanity.

Raouf, who currently lives in exile in Europe, lost her brother in the horrific massacre and revealed the heartbreaking tale of how she found out about his death.

Iran Focus

London, 29 Aug - The second term of Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, has only just begun, and his “moderate” presidency is already being challenged.

More than 20 Iranian political prisoners at Gohardasht prison, west of Tehran, were forcibly transferred to accommodations where conditions are described as “unbearable”. Their response was to go on a hunger strike, which has lasted for a month, now. Political prisoners at other jails have voiced their support, and many have joined the protest action. They are concerned, as it’s been reported that the striking prisoners at Gohardasht are being denied medical care by authorities.

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