Human Rights
Friday April 28, 2017

Iranian Christians calling for their voice to be heard

Ms. Donya Jam, an Iranian-American Christian and human rights activist, wrote an article for The Hill about the plight of Christian Iranians. She pointed out that Christians have existed in Iran for centuries and many religions – Muslims, Jews, Zoroastrians, etc. – have lived together in harmony. “We were all Iranians and our religion was not an issue at all.”

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Iranian regime even more repressive than before nuclear deal

Rowan Scarborough wrote for The Washington Times about the changes in Iran since the nuclear deal was signed between Iran and several world powers. Dissidents who were able to escape the repressive clutches of the Iranian regime had hoped the nuclear deal would bring moderation to Iran. Yet, despite the billions of dollars in cash the United States had provided for Iran, and the release of frozen bank assets, the people of Iran have seen no change for the better. This is because the cash has been used to export terror in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the region.

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Iranian political prisoner escaped to Europe

Shabnam Madadzadeh, 29, is an Iranian dissident who has quietly exposed the extreme brutality in Iranian prisons and has fled Iran to an undisclosed location in Europe. 

She had been imprisoned for the past six years for a five year sentence. Endangering her life, Madadzadeh, secretly sent letters from her cell about the inhumane prison conditions that she and other women were subjected to. She urged the United Nations’ UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran to visit Raja'i Shahr and Gharchak prisons, where she had been held.

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Major event in Paris calling for justice in Iran and Syria

On Saturday 26th November an event was held in Paris calling for the end of impunity to the Iranian regime who are responsible for horrendous crimes against humanity. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) have posted a timeline of the major event on their website

The President-elect of the NCRI, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, was praised and commended for her tireless and determined efforts on behalf of the Iranian people. Mrs. Rajavi took to the stage and thanked all those who played a part in achieving freedom for the political prisoners who have now finally been relocated out of Camp Liberty in Iraq.

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Looking back on Rouhani’s “moderate” presidency

Heshmat Alavi wrote an article reflecting on the end of Hassan Rouhani’s term as president of Iran. He said that during the past four years much as happened. It started out with the West being quite positive about his election (rather selection) as president as it believed it would bring moderation to Iran. But the reality was a presidency that was far from moderate.

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