Two female Azerbaijani Turkic activists

Iran: Azerbaijani Activists Allegedly Tortured by Intelligence Agents

Editor 05 November 2018

by Staff writer, SF

Two female Azerbaijani Turkic activists have allegedly been attacked by Ministry of Intelligence agents in an effort to extract false confessions. One is now in the hospital with broken teeth and injured fingers.

Nasim Sadeghi and Hakimeh Ahmadi were arrested in late October by Ministry of Intelligence agents, and were given no reason for their arrests, said sources close to the women. It has also been reported that the pair were severely beaten.

Ahmadi’s husband Gholamreza Ghorbani said that Hakimeh is hospitalized at the Tabriz Army Hospital. Intelligence Ministry agents have demanded that he pay for her hospital treatment fees.

Javad Zarif and John Kerry

How Appeasement and Negotiation Affected Iran's So-Called ‘Reformers’

Editor 03 November 2018

by Staff writer, SF

In an effort to facilitate Iran’s transition to a liberal democracy, reformists put their efforts into creating a formidable structure, including networks in the United States. They lobbied former President Obama’s White House, and portrayed their cause as the way to democracy in Iran, and themselves as the reasonable people with whom the Obama administration could negotiate.

Iran’s reformist faction portrayed themselves as “elected officials”, but this faction was hardly in agreement with the regime in its entirety.

U.S. should sanction Iranian human rights abusers

U.S. Should Sanction Iranian Human Rights Abusers

Editor 01 November 2018

 by Staff writer, SF

The Trump administration has roundly condemned the Iranian Regime for its domestic repression, but it should take it to the next step and actually sanction human rights violators.

This would hold the Regime’s top officials accountable for their abuses, show solidarity with the Iranian people who are protesting for regime change, send a message to US allies about supporting the Iranian people rather than the mullahs, and fit in with the Trump doctrine of imposing sanctions against the Iranian Regime to push them into negotiating a new deal that addresses all of its malign behaviour.

Political Prisoners Suffer Cold, Hunger, and Harassment at Zahedan Prison

Political Prisoners Suffer Cold, Hunger, and Harassment at Zahedan Prison

Editor 31 October 2018

by Staff writer, SF

At Zahedan Prison, in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Iran, Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that political prisoners continue to endure mistreatment by the personnel, malnutrition, medical negligence, and the temperature extremes of an overcrowded prison without climate control. As well, their families are being harassed by the authorities.

Overpopulation is another concern at the prison, where construction and repairs on two wards has dragged on since last year. Many inmates spend their nights on the floor.

human rights in Iran

Latest Report on Human Rights Abuses in Iran

Editor 30 October 2018

by Staff writer, SF

The following is a brief overview of human rights abuses that took place in Iran between September 23 and October 22, using information gathered from activists on the ground. Unfortunately, due to the difficulties of ensuring a comprehensive assessment, the incidents included are believed to be just a fraction of the true extent of human rights abuses.

This report also talks of executions, child abuse, mass arrests, violation of freedom of expression, labour abuses, violation of prisoners’ rights, and unchecked environmental pollution, so it does not make for an easy read.

HEPCO Workers

15 Hardworking HEPCO Workers Receive Sentence of 2 Years in Prison, as Well as Flogging

Editor 29 October 2018

by Atousa Pilger

The HEPCO Company is the largest manufacturer of road construction machinery in the Middle East, and has been in business for the past 43 years. As the regime transfers large private industries and factories to its own authorities, the company’s production, which has a capacity of 3000 units, has dropped to 100 units. HEPCO’s predicament has been transferred to its employees, who have been protesting deteriorating working conditions and unpaid wages for several months.

Fifteen workers of the HEPCO construction company have now received a five-year suspended sentence, but must serve 1-2 years in prison and receive 74 lashes on charges “disrupting public order”. The sentence was handed down by Iran’s judiciary in Arak. This move was likely meant to intimidate the hundreds of protesting workers at HEPCO.

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