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Christmas in Iran

By Pooya Stone

The Iranian Intelligence Minister has publically admitted for the first time that Christianity is spreading throughout Iran.

During a speech to several Shia Muslim clerics, Mahmoud Alavi said that "Christianity is spreading in parts of Iran", but tried to dismiss the converts because they were ordinary Iranians “whose jobs are selling sandwiches or similar things".

He then told the clerics to end their infighting if they wanted to stop Iranians from converting to Christianity, noting that several converts had listed that among their reasons for converting.

Teachers’ Day in Iran

Iran Focus

London, 03 May - May 2nd is Teachers’ Day in Iran and to mark the occasion people across the country held protests. Teachers and academics were calling for solidarity and standing up for their rights that they have been so cruelly denied.

Protests took place in front of the offices of the Education Department in more than a dozen provinces. The Teachers’ Coordinating Council of Iran (TCCI) called for the protests and gatherings and encouraged unity among the people. Reports indicate that there were a large number of women that participated in the rallies.

The Strasbourg court

By Pooya Stone

Although Iranian authorities provided assurances that he would not be tortured, the European Court of Human Rights has held that the extradition of a man accused of theft to Iran would breach Article 3 of the human rights convention.

The Strasbourg court provides guidance on the kind of assurances required from the state requesting extradition in GS v Bulgaria (application no. 36538/17). It will not allow extradition unless the assurance is both specific and trustworthy. In this case, GS was wanted for theft, but if he was convicted, he was at risk of receiving corporal punishment — seventy-four lashes. The Strasbourg court would not allow extradition, because it labeled this manner of treatment as torture. In accordance with past case law, it found that the possibility of acquittal or the imposition of a different sentence was not sufficient to dispel the real risk of torture.

Labor Day demonstration in front of the Iranian Parliament

By Pooya Stone

Iranian police have arrested at least 35 people for taking part in a Labor Day demonstration in front of the Iranian Parliament on Wednesday, while violently dispersing the rest of the protesters.

The demonstrators, mainly members of Tehran Bus Drivers' Union, were beaten, wounded, and dragged on the ground before being arrested.

Eyewitnesses said that the male detainees were taken to the security police headquarters in Gisha, in western Tehran.

Mehdi Rajabian, 29, who was first arrested in 2013, alongside his brother Hossein, for the vague charge of “spreading corruption” for participating in Iran’s underground music scene and working with women.

By Pooya Stone

An Iranian musician has hit back at the Regime's music ban by releasing an album about oppression under the mullahs while on temporary bail from the notorious Evin prison.

Mehdi Rajabian, 29, who was first arrested in 2013, alongside his brother Hossein, for the vague charge of “spreading corruption” for participating in Iran’s underground music scene and working with women.

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