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Iran Focus

Tehran, 24 Apr - According to reports from inside Iran, imprisoned teacher Mahmoud Beheshti Langaroudi, a former secretary general and current speaker of Iran's teachers union, issued a statement from Evin Prison (North of Tehran) saying that he began a hunger strike on 20 April.

Iran Focus

Tehran, 23 Apr - Two family members of members of the main Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI or MEK) have been arrested for marking the fifth anniversary of the deaths of their relatives at Camp Ashraf in Iraq. Azam Madadzadeh, the sister of the two PMOI members killed, and her husband Karim Kohandel were arrested in a raid on their home at noon on 7 April.

 Iran Focus

London, 19 Apr - There were at least 24 people executed in Iran during the last week. Reports from a prison in Birjand, north-east Iran, state that five men and two women were hanged on Thursday 14 April.

Only two of the victims were identified, Mohammad Niazi and Moheb Rahmati, they were accused of drug-related offences, according to the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). On Saturday 16 April three more people were hanged in Rasht prison, northern Iran. Only the initials and ages of the victims were released; E.M., 29, D.A., 51, and F.V., 31, the NCRI said.

Iran Focus

London, 13 Apr - The European Union has decided to renew sanctions against Iranian officials and entities in light of human rights abuses. The sanctions will now continue to 13 April 2017.

According to papers published on Eur-Lex 73 individuals have been sanctioned as of 11 April. Implementing Regulation 2016/556 and Decision (CFSP) 2016/565 are not related to the nuclear sanctions which are in the process of being lifted.

Iran Focus

London, 6 Apr – Iran executed nearly 1000 people in 2015 and was the world’s number one state executioner after China, according to the latest toll published on Wednesday by the London-based human rights organisation Amnesty International.

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