Iran sends 10 people to prison on religious or political grounds

Iran Focus

London, 2 Nov - This week alone, the Iranian government has sentenced several people to prison on religious or political grounds, dressed up as national security charges.

Religious people

Zabihollah Raoufi, 69, a member of the persecuted Baha’i religious minority in Iran was sentenced to one year in prison and one year in exile for “propaganda against the state” and “assembly and collusion against national security by promoting Baha’ism” by Iran in July, a sentence upheld on appeal in October.


Iran Focus

London, 26 Oct - The human rights situation in Iran is very worrying and every day we hear new reports about the mistreatment of prisoners in the country.

A large number of prisoners of conscience are held in Rajai Shahr Prison where they are routinely denied medical care, beaten, deprived of fresh air, deprived of adequate sustenance, and so on.

Earlier this year, a number of prisoners were ordered to move to Ward 10 of the prison. Ward 10, before the transfer happened, was already full of inmates that were living in appalling conditions.

Reza Sigarchi a prisoner of conscience

Iran Focus

London, 22 Oct - A prisoner of conscience at the Great Tehran Penitentiary announced on Saturday, October 20, that he would go on hunger strike and also refuse medicine in protest of the Iranian government’s treatment of his fellow Gonabadi Dervishes, a religious minority in Iran.

Reza Sigarchi’s strike is a sign of solidarity for the repressed Dervishes, according to Majzooban Noor, a news website covering the Dervish community, and he will not eat or accept medicine until his demands are met. These demands include:

• The lifting of the house arrest order on Dervish leader Noor Ali Tabandeh

Juvenile execution in Iran

Iran Focus

London, 25 Oct - The UN independent expert on human rights in Iran called on the mullahs on Wednesday to ban the death penalty for juveniles.

Javaid Rehman, special rapporteur for human rights in Iran, told a General Assembly human rights committee: "I appeal to the Iranian authorities to abolish the practice of sentencing children to death, and to commute all death sentences issued against children in line with international law."

Central Prison of Urmia in Iran

Iran Focus

London, 19 Oct - Nearly 60 juvenile and political prisoners in Urmia Central Prison went on a hunger strike on October 17 to protest the vicious assault on their cellmates by the Iranian authorities.

A total of 56 people from the youth ward and the political prisoner ward have been confirmed as being on hunger strike, following the brutal attack that took place on October 15, but their names have yet to be released.

In response to the attack, the Iranian Resistance has called for an independent, international panel to investigate Iran’s prisons, noting that this kind of brutality is not an isolated incident within the Iranian government.

Environmentalists face death penalty in Iran

Iran Focus

London, 23 Oct - Five imprisoned Iranian environmentalists are now facing the death penalty after the ridiculous charges against them were changed from "espionage" to "Corruption on Earth", according to one of the former lawyers of the accused.

Mohammad Hossein Aghasi told Radio Farda on Sunday, October 21, that the charges were changed after the examining magistrate received a letter from Iran’s Supreme National Security Council and that the new charge of “corruption on earth” carries the death penalty under the Islamic Penal Code.

Arrest of Baha'is in Iran

Iran Focus

London, 17 Oct - Over the past two months, Iranian intelligence officials have increased arrests of the Baha’i religious minority with no clear charges, according to Human Rights Watch.

During August and September, Iranian agents arrested over 20 Baha’i citizens, as well as a city council member who had reportedly offered support for those arrested. This includes 12 people arrested in Shiraz, 4 of whom are still being held in an Intelligence Ministry detention centre, 11 from Isfahan and Karaj provinces, who were transferred to the Shiraz detention centre, and Mehdi Hajati, a member of Shiraz City Council who was trying to secure their release.

Political Prisoner Payam Shakiba

Iran Focus

London, 23 Oct - As reported by the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on October 18th, a petition that advocates for due process in the case of political prisoner Payam Shakiba was issued by dozens of civil activists. He has been held since his arrest in February 2018 in the Rajai Shahr prison, also known as Gohardasht Prison, located in Karaj, approximately 30 miles west of Tehran.

Sentenced to 11 years in prison by Judge Ahmadzadeh, Shakiba’s sentence was later upheld in an appeals court.

Hedayat Abdollahpour

Iran Focus

London, 16 Oct - The highest court in Iran has upheld the death sentence for an imprisoned Kurdish man, who faced an unfair trial and was tortured in custody, which has increased the number of Kurdish prisoner on death row in Iran to 100.

Hedayat Abdollahpour, 25, was arrested on June 15, 2016, in Oshnouyeh after clashes broke out between the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) forces and members of Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), but has always maintained his innocence. He has now exhausted all of his appeals.


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