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Human Rights Watch Condemns Iran for Mass Arrests and Abuses in Annual Report

Iran Focus

London, 18 Jan - Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticized Iran for "widespread arrests" of protesters and activists in its 2019 annual report into human rights violations around the world, citing specifically the thousands of arrests made during the nationwide anti-government protests in the winter of 2018, as well as the arrests of environmentalists and women who protested against compulsory hijab.

In the report, which draws on events from late 2017 to November 2018, HRW also condemned Iran's shadowy "security apparatus" and "suppressive and non-accountable Judiciary" for their work to suppress human rights.

Iranian Christians Will Not Have a Merry Christmas

Iran Focus

London, 27 Dec - The Shia denomination of Islam is Iran's official religion. According to the 2018 United States International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Report, freedom for other religions in that country, such as Judaism, Bahai, Zoroastrian or different Muslim branches is increasingly restricted.

Religious freedom has continued to deteriorate during the past year in Iran, with the government targeting Baha’is and Christian converts in particular.

Canada Can Tackle Iran’s Human Rights Violations With Magnitsky Sanctions

Iran Focus

London, 17 Jan - Canadian senators will be shown a new and effective way to fight for human rights in Iran when they reconvene in February, thanks to an Iran-focused motion, tabled by Conservative Senator Linda Frum, that condemns the country’s human rights violations.

The motion advises using the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (the Sergei Magnitsky law) to “sanction [the] Iranian government … entities and individuals involved in egregious human rights abuses”.

Hundreds of Christians in Iran Arrested Ahead of Christmas

Iran Focus

London, 21 Dec - Over 150 Iranian Christians have been detained in the past month and arrests are expected to continue over the Christmas holiday.

Those arrested include Amir Taleipour, 39, and his wife Mahnaz Harati, 36, who were arrested in front of their 7-year-old daughter during a raid on their home in Mashhad. The couple has not been allowed to speak with relatives or lawyers since the arrest.

Attempts by Iranian Officials to Evade Accusations Shocking Torture of Rights Activists

Iran Focus

London, 12 Jan - A female civil rights activist who spent close to one month in detention has talked about her “brutal torture” and that of a labor activist arrested with her. Sepideh Qolian, was attacked and detained with several other labor activists in November at the Haft-Tapeh Sugar Mill, alongside workers who were striking for their unpaid wages.

According to labor leader, Esmail Bakhshi, who tried to intervene, he and Qolian were severely assaulted at the time of arrest. The two were taken to prison where systematic torture allegedly began.

Amnesty Calls for Justice for Victims of 1988 Iran Massacre

By Pooya Stone

Amnesty International has exposed the shocking scale of the 1988 Iranian massacre in a new report, which denounces the mass-murders as a crime against humanity, condemns the harassment of those seeking justice, and calls for those responsible to be held to account.

In the summer of 1988, 30,000 political prisoners, mainly members of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), were executed by the Iranian Government on the fatwa of then-supreme leader Ruhollah Khomeini.

Lawsuit Highlights Persistent Danger to Dual Nationals in Iran

By Edward Carney

Jason Rezaian, the Iranian-American reporter who was detained for 18 months in the Islamic Republic before being released as part of a prisoner swap in January 2016, is slated to testify in US federal court on Tuesday as part of a lawsuit that he filed against the Iranian government shortly after returning home. Domestic lawsuits against sovereign foreign nations are ordinarily not permitted under American law, but exceptions are made for cases involving allegations of terrorism, torture, or hostage-taking by nations that are designated by the US State Department as state sponsors of terrorism.

The President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Maryam Rajavi

Iran Focus

London, 18 Dec - The President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Maryam Rajavi, has welcomed the United Nations’ adoption of the 65th resolution condemning systematic human rights violations in Iran.

She advised that this move has yet again made clear that the mullahs in Iran fundamentally disregard the most basic rights of the Iranian people in all areas of their lives.

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