Hadi Ghaemi, the executive director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, has said that an American-Iranian man and his wife was arrested by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in July and have been held in the notorious Evin prison in Tehran. They have been detained without charge and do not have access to a lawyer.
Musician Mehdi Rajabian, 27, and his filmmaker brother Hossein, 31, have been jailed in Iran since June. They each received a three-year prison sentence for “spreading propaganda against the system” and “insulting the sacred”. For the past month, the brothers have been on hunger strike in protest against the treatment they are receiving in prison.
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.”
The Guardian has reported that Iranian musician Mehdi Rajabian who is serving three years in prison is being treated in hospital for internal bleeding. He was imprisoned (with his brother) for distributing underground music.
This news comes one month after he started a hunger strike.
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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