Class Division Reaches Alarming Levels in Iran

19 April 2017

In Iran economic inequality and class divisions has reached a point that is very concerning to many economic experts, as the class divide increases.

According to the state-run Tasnim News Agency, “Published statistics show that in recent years the financial power of the rich has increased in comparison to the power of the poor, under a variety of indexes,” The urban rich class’ spending for food has increased from 4.29 times more in 2013 to 4.77 times more in 2015.”

Tehran Prison Organization and Sohrab Soleimani Sanctioned by US for Prisoner Beatings in 2014

14 April 2017

US Treasury Department announced on Thursday that an Iranian prison company and its former leader are being sanctioned for orchestrating beatings of more than 30 political prisoners in 2014.

Sohrab Soleimani and Tehran Prisons Organization were added to the list of officials and organizations involved with human rights abuses in Iran. They have been blocked from the U.S. financial system, and U.S. citizens and businesses are barred from conducting financial transactions with them, according to an article in The Hill. Any assets Soleimani may have in the U.S. are frozen by this action.

Conference Held at UN European HQ in Geneva, Condemns Human Rights Abuses in Iran

06 April 2017

The International Radical Party held à conference at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva. Speakers at the conference condemned human rights violations and increasing executions in Iran. 

They discussed the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran, as well. Speakers called for a UN probe into these crimes, since the conference coincided with the 34th UN Human Rights Council session.

The Gas Attack on Idlib Province Sparks Condemnation and Calls for Action

06 April 2017

The gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib Province, on Tuesday was strongly condemned by European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA) and their President Struan Stevenson, former MP representing the Delegation for Relations with Iraq (2009-14) and Chairman of Friends of a Free Iran Intergroup (2004-14).  They also call for urgent and effective action by the UN Security Council to punish Bashar al-Assad.

They call the attack a war crime, that left hundreds of people dead and injured, and say that silence from the international community, and their inaction in response to this massacre will embolden the Syrian dictator and his allies, who will continue to expand, and even escalate such war crimes, as well as crimes against humanity.

Young Man Sentenced to Death For "Insulting the Prophet"

05 April 2017

When he was 19 years old, Sina Dehghan was arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The arrest took place in October 2015 while he was on guard duty at military barracks where he had been enlisted. He was only four days away from ending his military service. 

The Center for Human Rights in Iran said that Dehghan and two other men were charged with “posting anti-Islamic content on social media”, “insulting the Prophet” and “insulting the Supreme Leader of Iran”.

One Year Since British-Iranian Charity Worker Was Arrested

03 April 2017

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a 38 year-old British-Iranian charity worker was arrested at Tehran airport on 3rd April last year following a visit to her family in Iran. She was with her daughter – Gabriella – at the time of her arrest. Gabriella is currently stranded in Iran, leaving her without access to her father in the United Kingdom because her passport was confiscated. Her grandparents (from her maternal side) are looking after her in Iran. 

The Iranian authorities have said that Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was plotting to topple the government and in September she was sentenced to five years in prison. Maintaining her innocence, she launched an appeal but it was rejected in January. Her official charge is unknown, even to Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe herself, but media in Iran is reporting that “one of the chief members of networks of adversary institutions, who – with the direction and support of foreign media and espionage services – has committed her criminal acts over the past few years”.

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