Swedish scientist near death after months in solitary confinement in Iran, say UN experts

Ahmadreza Djalali

2021-03-18- GENEVA (Reuters) – Swedish-Iranian scientist Ahmadreza Djalali, sentenced to death in Iran on espionage charges, is in critical condition and near death after months of prolonged solitary confinement, U.N. human rights experts said on Thursday. Read more

Baha’i in Iran — repressed and persecuted by the state

The targeted persecution of the Baha’i has seen homes like this one destroyed

08.03.2021-DW- It’s no secret that the Baha’i community in Iran faces far-reaching oppression. Now, DW has gained access to a policy paper that appears to show the extent to which the repression is state-sponsored. Read more

Death of Behnam Mahjoubi Will Be Followed by Others without Urgent Action

February 22, 2021—The death of prisoner of conscience Behnam Mahjoubi, who died on February 21, 2021, after untreated medical conditions that included serious neurological issues, reflects the continued crisis in Iran’s prisons, where prisoners, especially prisoners of conscience and political prisoners, are denied proper medical treatment. Read more

Barred from travel by husband, Iran ski coach works remotely

Iran’s ski coach tells The Associated Press that her husband blocked her from traveling to the world championships in Italy because she wouldn’t consent to a divorce

Samira Zargari

By ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports Writer- 18 February 2021, CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy — When the husband of Iran’s Alpine ski team coach took advantage of a local law and barred his wife from leaving the country, Samira Zargari picked up her phone and continued coaching remotely. Read more

Biden Must Not Ignore Iran’s Human Rights Record

The U.S. government has a long history of pursuing multiple policy goals with adversaries and demanding respect for human rights will not derail nuclear negotiations.

USA President Joe Biden

FP- BY HADI GHAEMI | FEBRUARY 10, 2021, Less than a month into President Joe Biden’s first term, Iran is already in the headlines, most recently with the news that another dual national, identified as Iranian-American businessman Emad Sharghi, was sentenced to 10 years in prison under dubious spying charges.

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Human Rights Watch Report: Iran Event 2020

2021-01-13- HRW-  Iranian authorities continued to repress their own people. The country’s security and intelligence apparatus, in partnership with Iran’s judiciary, harshly cracked down on dissent, including through excessive and lethal force against protesters and reported abuse and torture in detention. Read more

Iran bans import of UK and US Covid-19 vaccines, saying they’re ‘completely untrustworthy’

09/01/2021 – France 24 – Foreign companies will not be allowed to test Covid-19 vaccines on the Iranian people, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, one day after the country’s supreme leader banned the import of UK- and US-produced jabs and said they were “completely untrustworthy”. Read more

UN Rights Chief Condemns Iranian Execution of Child Offender

FILE – United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.

January 01, 2021 – By Lisa Schlein – VOA- GENEVA – U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has strongly condemned the Iranian execution Thursday of Mohammad Hassan Rezaiee, the country’s fourth confirmed execution of a child offender in 2020.  Read more

Iran to execute man arrested as teenager, Amnesty says

Mohammad Hassan Rezaiee, who was arrested at the age of 16, has spent more than a decade on death row.

An exhibition calls for an end to executions in Iran on Trafalgar Square on Oct. 10, 2020, in London, England. Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images.

Dec 18, 2020 – Al-Monitor – Amnesty International is urging the Iranian government to call off plans to execute a man for a crime that took place when he was a teenager and whose trial the rights group said was grossly unfair.

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Europe Says “No Business as Usual” with Iran After Hanging of Dissident Journalist

France Tweets Outrage over “Barbaric and Unacceptable” Execution of Rouhollah Zam

December 14, 2020—Major European countries have pulled out of a planned Europe-Iran Business Forum that was scheduled to begin today, December 14, in protest over Iran’s execution on December 12, 2020, of the dissident journalist Rouhollah Zam.

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