Archive for Human Rights

Family of Executed Wrestler Seeks Supreme Court Review

Ghost of Navid Afkari Haunts Judiciary Chief’s Election Bid

June 15, 2021 – One week before Iranian Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi runs virtually uncontested for president, the family of Navid Afkari—a wrestler who was executed under Raisi’s watch—has filed a supreme court petition seeking a judicial review of the cases against him and his two brothers.

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For Iran’s Lawyers, Defending Dissidents Is Getting Dangerous

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 – WPR – In 1985, my parents were taken to court in Tehran by a tenant who was trying to stop them from selling a property he was renting from them at the time. My parents were surprised to learn about the lawsuit. After all, they had given the tenant several months to vacate. He had no legitimate legal argument.

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Joint Letter: Biden’s Iran Policy Must Include Focus on Human Rights

The Center for Human Rights in Iran, along with eight other organizations, today sent a letter to the Biden-Harris administration calling for human rights to be advanced parallel to other matters with Iran

May 10, 2021 — Today PEN America and the Center for Human Rights in Iran, along with a coalition of human rights organizations, sent a joint letter to President Biden urging his administration to ensure that human rights concerns are at the center of U.S. foreign policy towards Iran.

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Two Brothers of Executed Iranian Wrestler Fear Same Fate

May 5, 2021 – Eight months after an Iranian wrestler was unjustly executed in Shiraz, his brothers Vahid and Habib Afkari remain in prolonged solitary confinement in the same prison where they’ve also been tortured and threatened with execution, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned.

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US, EU Should Seek Release of Dual-National Hostages in Tandem with Nuclear Talks

April 20, 2021—The situation of dual-nationals and foreign persons taken hostage and imprisoned by the Iranian government has not only remained unchanged, but in certain cases it has deteriorated, despite the new US administration’s approach to Iran and resumption of nuclear talks between the P5+1 and Iran in recent weeks.

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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

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

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