Human Rights In Iran
Saturday April 29, 2017

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

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.

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Iran: Executions Continue in Iran

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.

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Iran: 1988 Massacre Brought Back Into Focus

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

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.

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

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.

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