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Nasrin Sotoudeh

By Pooya Stone

A leading Iranian human rights lawyer who has defended people for protesting the country’s forced veiling of women faces up to 34 years in prison and 148 lashes after being convicted on bogus national security charges.

The conviction of Nasrin Sotoudeh, who previously spent three years in prison for her work, shows how insecure the ruling system is to any peaceful challenge and how false the promises by so-called moderates to repeal the law were.

Iran's Torture Should Be a Breaking Point for EU

Iran Focus

London, 28 Feb - Workers from Haft-Tappeh sugar cane mill in Khuzestan province, Iran, began their protests against unpaid wages, the corrupt practices of private owners, and the lack of recognition of their independent labour syndicate in November of 2018. A few days later, employees of the nearby Iran National Steel Industrial Group (INSIG) went on strike with similar demands.

Ebrahim Raisi

By Pooya Stone

On Sunday, it was announced that Ebrahim Raisi has been appointed as the Judiciary Chief, replacing Sadeq Amoli Larijani. Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei told Iranian media that Raisi will be officially introduced as Judiciary Chief on Thursday March 7th.

According to Yahya Kamalipour, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s judiciary committee, the head of the Judiciary is appointed directly by the Supreme Leader for a five-year term, which can be renewed. Indeed, the spokesperson for Iran’s Judiciary has confirmed that Raisi is considered a person trusted by the country’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Iran’s 1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners

By Jubin Katiraie

An investigation into a dossier of crimes committed by the Iranian dictators has been called for, as a result of a statement issued by Amnesty International and published by the United Nations General Assembly.

According to the statement, “Between late July and September 1988, the Iranian authorities forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed thousands of prisoners for their political opinions and dumped their bodies in unmarked individual and mass graves… Since then, the authorities have tormented the relatives by refusing to tell them when, how and why their loved ones were killed and by keeping their remains hidden. To reinforce secrecy, they have also destroyed mass grave sites and forbidden commemorations.”

Amnesty calls for investigation into 1988 Iran massacre

By Jubin Katiraie

An investigation into the crimes against humanity committed by the Iranian dictators has been called for after an Amnesty International statement was published by the United Nations General Assembly.

The statement specifically involved the 1988 massacre where, over the course of just two months, 30,000 political prisoners were “forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed” and their bodies dumped in unmarked mass graves.

Increased crackdown on Iranian Christians

By Jubin Katiraie

At least eight Iranian converts to Christianity have been arrested in just one month in Iran, including six from the northern city of Rasht.

Three men, identified as Mohammad Vafadar, Mohammad Islamdoust and Kamal No’manian, were arrested on Friday, February 15, whilst attending a church service in Rasht, and taken to unknown locations.

MEPs call for release of Iranian environmentalists

Iran Focus

London, 2 Mar - Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have written to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to express "strong concern" over the prolonged detention of eight environmental activists who are accused of spying.

The 26 MEPs have called on Rouhani to release the environmentalists, highlighting that the closed-door trial, which began January 30, falls “seriously short” of fair trial standards.

Six Iranian eco-activists arrested in one week

Iran Focus

London, 22 Feb - The Iranian security forces has arrested several more environmental activists over the past few days and transferred them to unknown locations in what is being seen as a worsening crackdown on conservationists.

On February 17, four activists were arrested. Zakaria Naghshbandi, Arman Vafaei and Shahou Faraji were arrested in Sanandaj, while Yousef Farhadi Babadi, a member of the “Voice of Water” Campaign in Shahre Kord, was arrested by Iranian security agents as he travelled home with his family members. Notably, the campaign and its activists were featured in a report by the Revolutionary Guard Corps-affiliated Fars news agency.

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