Imprisoned Human Rights Attorney Soltani Pledges to “Serve the People” While Mourning Daughter

Iran Focus

London, 8 August - Abdolfattah Soltani is one of Iran’s most prominent human rights lawyers. He spent most of his legal career defending political prisoners before becoming one himself.

After representing many detainees held on politically motivated charges, this fearless defense attorney has been imprisoned since 2011, serving a 13-year prison sentence for “being awarded the [2009] Nuremberg International Human Rights Award,” “interviewing with media about his clients’ cases,” and “co-founding the Defenders of Human Rights Center.”

victims of 1988 massacre on its 30th anniversary

Iran Focus

London, 2 August - Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), paid tribute to the tens of thousands of political prisoners that lost their lives during the 1988 massacre.

During the summer of 1988, on the orders of the Supreme Leader at that time - Ruhollah Khomeini – a special commission was set up to execute members of opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI).

The members of the special commission, often referred to as the “death committee”, ordered the execution of all the opposition members they came up against. The prisoners were “tried” and the death commission decided their fate. If there was any link to the PMOI, no matter how far removed, the prisoner would be executed.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Iran Focus

London, 12 July - Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian dual citizen that was detained in Iran while on a visit to her family in April 2016, remains in jail. She was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for “plotting to topple the Iranian dictators”.

She has unjustly been held for more than 800 days, simply for wanting to see her family for Iranian New Year. Her infant daughter was taken away from her and has been living with Nazanin's mother in Iran.

Nazanin's husband, Richard Ratcliffe, another victim of the Iranian rulers is being denied precious time with his daughter.

In Ahvaz, All Evidence of Political Prisoners’ Graves has been Razed

Iran Focus

London, 27 July - Human rights activist Shadi Sadr has reported that in the city of Ahvaz, southwestern Iran, mass graves of political prisoners including inmates who were executed in the late 1980s have been razed.

The Justice for Iran website published a photo on July 25th captioned, “This is a mass grave site in Ahvaz, Iran. At least 44 political prisoners executed in 1988 were secretly buried here. In the following years, the authorities turned the site into a rubbish dump. Now, the site is at imminent risk due to a road-widening project. There are fears that it will be destroyed for a ‘green space’ or commercial development.”

Amnesty International calls on Iran to Ensure the Right to Safe Drinking Water

Iran Focus

London, 12 July - An independent investigation has been called for by Amnesty International after it received reports that security forces used “unnecessary and excessive force” against the people who protested peacefully in Khuzestan Province over water scarcity and pollution. Amnesty has also called on Iran to ensure that Iranians have access to clean water.

The rights group issued a statement on July 6th, saying, “Iranian authorities should also ensure that people in Khuzestan and other provinces across Iran enjoy their right to access sufficient amounts of safe drinking water for personal and domestic uses.”

World Medical Association condemns child executions in Iran

Iran Focus

London, 17 July - The World Medical Association has condemned state-affiliated doctors in Iran for their complicity in the facilitation of the execution of young prisoners in the country.

This follows the execution of Abolfazl Chezani Sharahi, 19, in June, who was sentenced to death in 2014 after the Legal Medicine Organisation in Iran gave their official medical opinion that he was mentally “mature” at 14, when the crime took place.

The WMA’s President Dr Yoshitake Yokokura and Chair Dr Ardis Hoven wrote an open letter to Iran Leader Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani and Head of the Judiciary Sadegh Larijani, in which they stated that the involvement of doctors in the execution of people aged under 18 when a ‘crime’ was committed is illegal under international law, unethical, and in direct violation of their duties as physicians.

Iranian Kurdish activist on death row

Iran Focus

London, 10 July - The brother of an Iranian Kurdish activist on death row has reported that prison authorities the dissident that he would be executed or killed behind bars.

Amjad Hossein Panahi tweeted on Thursday, July 5, that his brother Ramin had been told by the security guards “You are not going to leave this block, and will either be executed, or killed in the prison”.

Students Arrested During Iran protests, Now Sentenced to Prison

Iran Focus

London, 16 July - Many Iranian students joined the December/January protests earlier this year, rallying against economic hardship, and chanting slogans against Supreme Leader ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani, calling for the downfall of the theocratic system and longing for Freedom and Democracy.

According to Iran HRM, Many of these students were subsequently arrested. Now, they are being sentenced to prison terms, and their sentences are being upheld by Iran’s Appeals Courts.

Iran: the 129 People Arrested in Grand Bazaar Protests will not be Released soon

Iran Focus

London, 3 July - On July 1st, IRNA, the government’s official news agency, cited Iranian legislator, Mohammad Javad Kolivand, as saying that 129 people were detained during the spontaneous protest rallies at the marketplace and outside the parliament building in Tehran. He also lauded the police’s success in establishing “security and peace in society”.

Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, the city’s prosecutor-general, said that those arrested during the protests at Tehran’s Grand Bazaar on June 24th will not be released until their trial.


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