Iran: Prisoner of Conscience Still Being Victimised by Authorities

23 May 2017

On Monday, Amnesty International published an Urgent Action notice update regarding the case of a female political prisoner in Iran who faces a potential extended prison sentence for demanding justice for her siblings who were executed during the 1988 massacre in Iran. 

Maryam Akbari Monfared has been told she may receive three more years in prison and may be removed to a remote one. 

She has been serving a 15-year sentence in Evin prison in the country’s capital since 2009.  

Britain Can't Ignore Iran's Human Rights Abuses

09 May 2017

The British Government has come under criticism over its neglect of the issue of Tehran’s record of human rights violations after the UK became one of the six parties to negotiate the Nuclear Deal with Iran.  The US, France, Germany, as well as others, who were not involved in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action but who sought to benefit from its re-opening of the Iranian market, have had similar criticisms levied at them.

In his article for Conservative Home, Mike Freer, the Conservative candidate for Finchley and Golders Green asks, “Has the post Brexit Britain left the UK so eager for new trading partners that policy makers are willing to overlook Iran’s behaviour – all for the sake of retaining Tehran’s interest in British investment?”

Iranian Authorities Reject Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe's Final Appeal

03 May 2017

Ms. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is a 37 year-old British-Iranian charity worker who was detained by the Iranian regime's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) last year. She spent most of her time – a large period of which was before charges were filed – in solitary confinement.

Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was travelling back to London where she lives after spending two weeks visiting her family in Tehran. Her baby, who was one year-old at the time, was with her when she was stopped by authorities at the check-in desk at the airport.

Iran: Presidential Candidate in Charge of Executing Thousands in 1988 Massacre

27 April 2017

Ebrahim Raisi is currently a member of the Assembly of Experts, general deputy at the Special Clerical Court and Custodian of Astan Quds Razavi, as reported by Al Arabiya on April 26, 2017. He is a 56-year-old conservative cleric who is relatively unknown to outside of Iran. Custodian of Astan Quds Razavi, the wealthiest charity in the Muslim world, and the organization in charge of Iran’s holiest shrine, Raisi is believed to be being groomed as the frontrunner to be Iran’s next supreme leader.

Iran: Executions Continue in Iran

26 April 2017

For decades, prisoners in Iran have been under great threat of being mistreated by the agents of the Iranian regime. Execution is a form of punishment that is accepted and favoured by the Iranian authorities and is often used as a way of suppressing the people. 

To intimidate the public, the authorities will often carry out hangings in public where several prisoners are executed together. Children and families are exposed to such scenes.

Iran: 1988 Massacre Brought Back Into Focus

24 April 2017

The Iranian regime is facing another crisis because of the pressure surrounding the 1988 massacre, in particular the litigation issues and those calling for justice for the victims. 

The text of Khomeini’s decree to the “death commission” has been released.

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