Iran Must Stop Imprisoning Lawyers for Defending Their Clients

Mohammad Najafi is the Seventh Attorney to Be Sent to Prison in Last Six Months, Six Remain Behind Bars

October 30, 2018—Iran’s sentencing of attorney Mohammad Najafi to three years in prison and 74 lashes for “disturbing the state” and “publishing falsehoods” after he advocated for a young client who died under suspicious circumstances in an Iranian detention center is a flagrant violation of the right to counsel and a continuation of the unlawful assault on the legal profession in Iran that has left a half dozen attorneys behind bars for doing their job.

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Iran’s Judiciary Should Release Ailing Prisoner Saeed Malekpour on Medical Grounds

Imprisoned in Iran’s Evin Prison since 2008, Canadian permanent resident Saeed Malekpour was hospitalized for a “heart attack” at the age of 43, according to his sister.

October 26, 2018 – A Canadian resident imprisoned in Iran for the last 10 years should be released on medical grounds given his deteriorating health status, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today.

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Iran Charges Environmentalists With National Security Crimes

Prosecutions Lacking Due Process Aimed at Deflecting Attention from Death of One of the Detainees

October 23, 2018 – Nine months after a group of environmentalists were imprisoned in Iran without any evidence of wrongdoing and denied due process—and after the death of one them in state custody—five of them have been charged with a serious national security crime.

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International Community Must Establish Mechanisms to Sell Humanitarian Goods to Iran, Iranian Government Must Ensure Affordability

Access to Medicines and Basic Foods in Iran Must Be Protected Economic Mismanagement and Sanctions Combine to Endanger Economic and Social Rights of Iranians, Poor at Greatest Risk

October 23, 2018—With the full reinstatement of US sanctions on Iran on November 5, which will make financial transactions between Iranians and major economies in the world difficult and in many cases impossible, people’s access to humanitarian goods such as essential food items, medicine and medical supplies in Iran could be imperiled.

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Austria Ignores Threat of Iranian Islamism

A crackdown on Sunni Islam gives Shiite Iranians a free pass.

Oct.11.2018- Spectator – In June 2018, the Austrian government announced it would shut down seven mosques and expel sixty imams, because of their putative links to Salafi-jihadists or Turkish regime networks. The government’s decision was made in the wake of a 2015 law that banned foreign funding of religious institutions and required Muslim organizations to express a “positive approach towards the society and the state” of Austria.

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Iran Should Immediately Free Political Prisoner Arash Sadeghi on Medical Grounds

October 1, 2018 – Iranian authorities should immediately free political prisoner Arash Sadeghi so he can receive medical care for serious health issues that require urgent and sustained care, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today.

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