Human Rights In Iran
Monday April 24, 2017

Iranian political prisoner escaped to Europe

Shabnam Madadzadeh, 29, is an Iranian dissident who has quietly exposed the extreme brutality in Iranian prisons and has fled Iran to an undisclosed location in Europe. 

She had been imprisoned for the past six years for a five year sentence. Endangering her life, Madadzadeh, secretly sent letters from her cell about the inhumane prison conditions that she and other women were subjected to. She urged the United Nations’ UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran to visit Raja'i Shahr and Gharchak prisons, where she had been held.

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Looking back on Rouhani’s “moderate” presidency

Heshmat Alavi wrote an article reflecting on the end of Hassan Rouhani’s term as president of Iran. He said that during the past four years much as happened. It started out with the West being quite positive about his election (rather selection) as president as it believed it would bring moderation to Iran. But the reality was a presidency that was far from moderate.

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Iran: Trafficking of children on the rise

In an article by DW it has been reported that due to the worsening economic situation in Iran, parents are now resorting to selling their children. 

Shiva Nazar Ahari told DW that in Tehran almost anything can be bought on the streets – alcohol, drugs, sex and healthy kidneys. Now babies can be added to the list. She said: “It isn't new that babies are sold on the street. It is on the rise, however. Desperate people aren't only selling their organs, but also their kids.”

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Conference at House of Commons calling for investigations into executions and human rights abuses in Iran

It has been reported that Matthew Offord, the MP for Hendon, is one of around 200 cross-party MPs and peers that is demanding an international investigation into the appalling state of human rights in Iran.

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Husband of the Jailed British-Iranian Woman: My Wife Is a 'Bargaining Chip' for Iran

On the 3rd of April this year, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was returning home after visiting her parents in Iran, along with her 22-month-old daughter. At the airport, in what must have been the worst day of her life, Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was detained by the Iranian authorities. Her daughter has been taken away from her and she herself has been jailed. Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, who has been campaigning for her release ever since is claiming that his wife is being used as a “bargaining chip” in the political relations between the UK and Iran.

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