UN rights chief urges Iran to halt executions of juveniles on death row

UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré – High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

16 February 2018 – UN News – Expressing concern over a “surge” in the number of juvenile offenders being executed in Iran, the United Nations top human rights official called on the country to abide by its obligations under international law and immediately halt all executions of people sentenced to death for crimes committed when they were under the age of eighteen.

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Another Woman Arrested In Iran For Protesting Compulsory Veiling

February 16, 2018 – RadioFreeEurope – A woman has been arrested in Iran after peacefully protesting against compulsory veiling, the latest such incident in recent months. Video uploaded to YouTube on February 15 shows a woman standing on a concrete block above a crowd on Tehran’s Enghelab (Revolution) street, waving her head scarf in protest.

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Iranian Authorities Arrest Lawyer Who Exposed Death of Protester in Police Custody​

Civil Rights Activists Also Detained

February 16, 2018 – Attorney Mohammad Najafi has been held in detention in the Iranian city of Arak since January 15, and is facing eight charges for exposing the death of a young man who died in police custody after being arrested during the recent protests in Iran.

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An Iranian Photographer’s Unflinching Look at His Country’s Revolution

A group of women protesting against wearing the Islamic veil, while waving their veils in the air outside the office of the prime minister in Tehran, Iran, in March 1979.

Kaveh Kazemi’s images of the Iranian revolution and its aftermath reveal the country’s transition from a different era, and a contrast with its social upheaval today.  

Feb. 12, 2018 -The New York Times- By Thomas Erdbrink – The image is one erased from official Iranian history books. Two women, both unveiled, have just been detained by Islamic volunteers with automatic rifles slung on their shoulders. The Iranian photographer Kaveh Kazemi, 28 at the time, followed the women walking home after they had participated in a protest against the introduction of the compulsory veil. Dressed in denim, so fashionable at the time, they are escorted away.

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Clear Signs of State Cover-Up in Prison Death of Iranian-Canadian Academic in Iran​

Distraught Family Under Enormous Pressure to Bury Body Quickly and Not Speak Publicly About the Death

February 12, 2018—The family of the Iranian-Canadian academic, Kavous Seyed-Emami, whose death in custody in Iran was announced on February 9, is under intense pressure to immediately bury Seyed-Emami in a private funeral—without receiving any independent and medically corroborated information on the cause of his death—and to remain silent regarding the death.

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Iranian-American Denounces 27-Year “Unjust” Prison Sentence in Letter From Prison

January 31, 2018–In a letter from Evin Prison obtained by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), Iranian-American dual national Karan Vafadari has denounced the “unjust and tyrannical” 27-year prison sentence he was issued in Tehran along with his Iranian wife, Afarin Neyssari, who was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

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Iran Should Launch Independent Investigation of Deaths of Two Protesters in Prison

“They arrested him and then they beat and killed him. Now they want to destroy his reputation.”

January 11, 2018—CHRI – Iran should launch an independent investigation of the cases of two detainees who died in custody, allegedly by suicide, after being arrested during the recent protests in Iran. The results of the investigations should be shared with the public at every stage of the process with full transparency.

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Internet Cut-Off During Recent Unrest in Iran Reveals Tehran’s New Cyber Capabilities

New Report Details Growing State Ability to Block, Censor and Monitor the Internet in Iran

January 10, 2018—The recent unrest in Iran—during which the authorities disrupted Iranians’ access to the internet and blocked major social media networks used by the protesters—demonstrates that the Iranian government’s decade-long effort to control the internet in Iran is being realized.

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3,700 Iranian Protesters Have Been Arrested by the Government, Lawmaker Says

January 9, 2018-TIME- By AMIR VAHDAT AND JON GAMBRELL/AP-TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian reformist lawmaker said Tuesday that some 3,700 people were arrested in the days of protests and unrest that roiled Iran over the past two weeks, offering a far higher number than authorities previously released.

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Iran tried to block the internet to disrupt protests. It wound up disrupting daily life

Iranian authorities have cracked down on social media apps, including Telegram, amid protests. (Wally Santana / Associated Press)

Jan 09. 2018- Los Angeles Times – By MELISSA ETEHAD – When Iranian authorities cracked down on the internet this month in an attempt to suppress unrest, tech entrepreneur Milad Nouri did what he has grown accustomed to doing: He found a way around the censors.

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