07172018Tue

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.

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.

Zeinab Taheri defence lawyer

Iran Focus

London, 22 Jun - An Iranian defence lawyer has been arrested by the mullahs’ regime after claiming that her client, who was executed on Monday for the murder of three police officers, was innocent.

Zeinab Taheri was arrested at on Tuesday, according to human rights activist Heshmat Alavi, for allegedly making “false statements” and increasing online debate about the innocence of Mohammad Reza Salas.

A Twitter account bearing Taheri’s name tweeted on Monday that evidence of Salas’ innocence would soon be revealed, but there are questions about who was actually tweeting as they continued to tweet about Salas’ case even after Taheri was in custody and retracted the decision to go public about the case because of requests from Salas’ family.

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.”

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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