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Iran continues to unlawfully execute minors

Iran Focus

London, 19 Jun - Experts from the United Nations, Ms Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and Ms Renate Winter, Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, have raised concerns about Iran’s plans to execute a young man who was handed the death sentence at the age of only 15.

The young man in question is Mohammad Kalhori and Iranian authorities have suggested that his execution will take place very soon. He was accused of killing his teacher.

Nasrin Sotoudeh

Iran Focus

London, 15 Jun - On June 13, in her home in Tehran, human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested. According to her husband, Reza Khandan, she was then transferred to the prosecutor’s office of Evin prison.

Sotoudeh was told she was being arrested to serve a five-year prison sentence, said Khandan, but neither he nor his wife knew anything about this sentence.

The same day, Amnesty International issued a statement calling for Iranian authorities to immediately release Nasrin Sotoudeh. The statement said, “We call on the Iranian authorities to release Nasrin Sotoudeh immediately and unconditionally.

British charity worker faces new false charges in Iran

Iran Focus

London, 21 May - A British charity worker wrongly jailed in Iran on false espionage charges is now facing a new trial with further "invented" charges, according to her husband.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was initially arrested and jailed in 2016, was taken to court on Saturday to face the charge of spreading propaganda against Iran.

Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, said that she denied committing any crime and appealed for freedom, but was told by Judge Salavati to expect a conviction.

Appalling human rights situation in Iran

Iran Focus

London, 12 Jun - The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) is the main opposition group to the Iranian Mullahs. And the only viable alternative. It has spent many years trying to improve the lives of millions of Iranians and it is working towards the goal of a free Iran where human rights are respected and democracy is the norm. On 30th June, it will hold its annual gathering in Paris, giving renewed hope to all those in Iran who are desperate for change.

Social injustice is common in Iran. The employment situation is dire and poverty is rife. Human rights are ignored and equality is inexistent.

Human Rights Watch calls on Iran to halt death sentence of protester

Iran Focus

London, 16 May - Human Rights Watch has said that the Iranian judiciary should halt the execution of a member of the Gonabadi Dervish community and release all Dervish members who have been arbitrarily detained since February 2018.

On February 20, the Iranian authorities arrested over 300 Dervishes (by some counts as many as 430) after clashes between the Shia religious order and the Iranian police, during which Mohammad Sallas was accused of killing three police officers by driving a bus into a crowd of security officers.

Italian human rights group calls for immediate release of Iranian protesters

Iran Focus

London, 8 Jun - Human rights groups from Iran and Italy have joined together to demand the immediate release of Iranian protesters that have been arrested during the nationwide anti-government uprising.

Italian human rights group, EveryOne, has released a statement in partnership with Iran Human Rights Monitor to call on the Iranian Government to release the protesters and for the United Nations to hold the mullahs responsible for their crackdown on human rights.

British charity worker faces new charges in Iran

Iran Focus

London, 15 May - A British charity worker who was wrongfully imprisoned in Iran on espionage charges is facing fresh charges from the mullahs, according to her husband.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was arrested two years ago after taking her baby daughter Gabriella to visit family in Iran, will be returning to court in the next week or two to face resurrected charges of spreading propaganda against the ruling system; a charge usually levied by Iran when they don’t have anything concrete to charge a person with.

Christians in Iran are being Locked up in Evin Prison, Known as “the black hole of evil”

Iran Focus

London, 22 May - Currently, Iran’s notorious Evin Prison is housing 11 Christian inmates who are being punished for their faith.

One Christian inmate, Nasser Navard Gol-Tapeh, charged with “acting against national security through the formation and establishment of an illegal church organisation in his home” was sentenced to a 10-years in Even Prison. His crime was setting up a prayer group in his home. International Christian Concern (ICC), an anti-persecution charity, claims that is facing “completely losing his teeth” due to lack of medical treatment.

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Iran Focus

London, 4 May - The Iranian security forces have arrested a 15-year-old girl for writing poetry that the security forces claims incites violence.

Ma’edeh Shabaninejad was arrested back in March at the aunt’s house in Ahvaz, where she hid after security guards raided her home and confiscated her poems.

Her father, Sahid, said that Ma’edeh has been allowed to call her mother from jail on a weekly basis and is accused of writing poetry about Iran’s Arab minority that incites violence.

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