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Iran Focus

London, 19 Jan - The names of six young Iranians, who were killed under torture by the Regime authorities during the recent protests, have been released.

The body of Seyed Shahab Abtahi, 20, was left on his father’s doorstep with signs of baton blows clearly visible, just 10 days after his arrest in the city of Arak.

Shortly before that, street vendor Vahid Heidari, 22, who the Markazi police falsely claimed had been arrested on drugs possession charges, was also killed by baton blows while detained.

Iran Focus

London, 19 Jan - The family of an Iranian protester who died in custody said that the Regime authorities forced him- and other prisoners- to take pills that made him sick.

This case was publicised by Iranian MP Mahmoud Sadeghi who tweeted on Tuesday: “According to the relatives of one of the detainees who died in jail, he had told his family during a phone conversation [prior to his death] that the authorities had forced him and other prisoners to take pills that made them sick.”

The organisation in charge of Iranian prisons denied the accusation on Thursday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Iran Focus

London, 11 Jan - The European Union has been condemned for inviting the Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for talks in Brussels, while widespread anti-regime protests are still ongoing in Iran.

The EU and Iranian foreign ministers, along with EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, have said that today’s talks are focused on preserving the 2015 nuclear deal, which the US may pull out of later today.

Critics have lambasted the meeting because of recent human rights abuses by the Regime- both in response to the current protests and as one of the many reasons for the protests.

Iran Focus

London, 17 Jan - Human rights abuses are systematic under the repressive Iranian regime, with even the right to life being routinely ignored.

As a result, the so-called justice system often executes people for crimes (sometimes minor offences or made up crimes) based on circumstantial evidence or confessions extracted through torture.

In December, for example, a 22-year-old prisoner was executed in Mashhad Central Prison for murder, but there is little chance that he received a fair trial with access to legal representation. Another two people were hanged in front of a judge in a retribution killing.

Iran Focus

London, 10 Jan - The German government is facing stronger calls to get tough on the Iranian Regime, as politicians from opposing political parties call for the prosecution of a senior cleric, Mahmood Hashemi Sharoudi, who is visiting Germany for medical treatment and Iran’s ambassador, Ali Majedi, who has allegedly been involved in a spy ring run by Iran.

The German government summoned Majedi to reprimand those involved in Iran’s espionage on groups/individuals with ties to Israel back in December, following the conviction of Pakistani cultural representative Mustufa Haidar Syed-Naqfi.

Iran Focus

London, 15 Jan - Several young men who were arrested during the anti-government demonstrations in Iran have died in custody. The Iranian regime has reported that two committed suicide and another was a terrorist that was killed during a clash with security forces.

However, many people in the country are saying that these allegations are completely false.

Scores of people have died during the protests that swept across Iran in the past few weeks.

The people are calling for an investigation into these three deaths, claiming that circumstances are suspicious and the regime’s account of the facts are doubtful.

Iran Focus

London, 9 Jan - As the protests against the Iranian Regime grow, Amnesty International has called on the Iranian Regime to ensure the right of its people to peaceful protest, investigate the reports that the security forces have unlawfully used firearms against unarmed protesters, and protect the thousands of arrested people from torture.

Philip Luther of Amnesty International said: “Law enforcement officials have the right to defend themselves, and a duty to protect the safety of the public. However, reports of the use of firearms against unarmed protesters by security forces are deeply troubling and would contravene Iran’s human rights obligations under international law.”

Iran Focus

London, 15 Jan - There can be no doubt that the current protests across Iran are far different from those that took place previously. For most people, the closest comparison they have is the 2009 Green Protests but those were confined to the capital and about just one issue: election fraud.

The current demonstrations began over the cost of food in Mashhad but quickly grew into a protest about everything that’s wrong with the Regime (and there’s a lot) and has now spread to 141 cities across all 31 provinces.

The only thing that every protester can agree on is an end to the Regime, calling for Death to Hassan Rouhani and Ali Khamenei. These people aren’t swallowing the notion that there are reformers or moderates in Iran; they know that the only chance they have for change is to get rid of the Regime entirely.

Iran Focus

London, 13 Dec - The shaky platform of the Iranian Regime rests atop the twin pillars of domestic repression and the export of fundamentalist terrorism.

Now is the time to take serious action against the Regime- through international sanctions and support of the domestic Iranian Resistance forces-and destroy those pillars so that the whole dammed Regime falls.

If you don’t believe that this is not only necessary but also urgent, read on and all will be explained.

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