Human Rights
Tuesday May 23, 2017

Amnesty International Calls for Immediate Release of Prisoners of Conscience in Iranian Prisons

A call for urgent action has been issued by Amnesty International regarding Arash Sadeghi, a prisoner of conscience and a human rights defender who is being tortured and denied medical care by officials of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). 

Arash has a stomach ulcer that has resulted in digestive complications, internal bleeding and severe abdominal pain. Doctors say he needs urgent and extensive medical care.

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Iran: Number of Suicides Increasing

The heart-breaking stories of young people committing suicide in Iran are becoming more and more frequent. They are testament to the difficulty of social conditions in Iran and are a result of state-mandated misogyny.

On 24th January this year, a young 26 year-old woman and future engineer, was arrested by regime officials. While she was in prison she was sexually abused. The day after she was released she killed herself.

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Iran: Human Rights Report Flags Countless Abuses

The United States Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour has compiled a report about the human rights situation in Iran for the 2016 period. 

The report highlights that the Supreme Leader of Iran has the ultimate control including deciding who runs for presidency. It stated: “While mechanisms for popular election existed within the structure of the state, the supreme leader held significant influence over the legislative and executive branches of government through unelected councils under his authority and held constitutional authority over the judiciary, the government-run media, and the armed forces. The supreme leader also indirectly controlled the internal security forces and other key institutions.” Therefore, democracy is non-existent in Iran.

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Iran: Human Rights Abuses Are Prevalent

The European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA) has strongly condemned Iraq’s membership to the UN Human Rights Council. The association states that this will damage the cause of human rights because Iraq is almost entirely under the control of the clerical regime ruling Iran. It points out that Iran – as confirmed by the United Nations and many international human rights organisations - is a violent offender of human rights abuses.

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Iran: Human Rights Organisations Demand Justice for 1988 Massacre

A joint statement has been sent to the current session of the Human Rights Council by six human rights organisations regarding justice for the summer of 1988 massacre of political prisoners by the Iranian regime.

During that summer, more than 30,000 political prisoners (most of whom were members or activists of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran – PMOI / MEK, were killed by the Iranian regime on the orders of the then-Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini who had issued a fatwa.

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