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Iran Focus

London, 18 Sep - As the international community seeks legal justice for the perpetrators of the massacre of members and sympathizers of PMOI/MEK in 1988, the government in Tehran seeks to destroy the graves of MEK martyrs killed in this criminal act.

Signs of this MEK genocide are being eliminated in several cities, including Ahvaz (southwestern Iran), Mashhad (northeast), Isfahan (center of Iran), Tabriz and Ardabil (northwestern), and others. Mass graves of MEK members are being destroyed, and family members are unable to pay tribute to their loved ones. In previous years, the families have shown respect by cementing the graves and removing the garbage.

By Pooya Stone

Last week, during a conference held at the headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, politicians from all across Europe, well-known jurists, and defenders of human rights called on the UN to urgently set-up an independent commission to look into the so-called 1988 massacre in Iran.

Speakers included Tahar Boumedra, former director of the UN Human Rights Office in Iraq (UNAMI) and expert rapporteur of JVMI (Justice for victims of 1988 massacre in Iran); Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Vice-President of the European Parliament (1999-2014) and President of the International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ); Alfred Zayas, a United Nations Special Rapporteur; Kirsty Brimelow, Chairwoman of Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales; and Rama Yade, former French Secretary of state for Human Rights.

Iran Focus

London, 12 Sep - Amnesty International has issued a statement calling for the immediate and unconditional release of an Iranian human rights activist who was arrested on Sunday September 10.

Three officials, who did not identify themselves but are believed to be from the Ministry of Intelligence, arrested Raheleh Rahemipour without charges and took her in for interrogation at the notorious Evin prison in Tehran.

She has not been allowed contact with her lawyer since.

Rahemipour, who was featured in Amnesty International’s recent report Caught in a web of repression, has dedicated years of her life to finding out what really happened to her brother, Hossein, and baby niece, Golrou, who ‘disappeared’ whilst in prison in the early 1980s.

Iran Focus

London, 18 Sep - The Iranian regime has a history of detaining foreigners in its prisons. At the minute, there are said to be three Americans in the notorious Evin prison in the country’s capital. There is Siamak and Baquer Namazi, an Iranian-American businessman and his elderly father – both charged with espionage. The third one is Xiyue Wang.

Wang travelled to Iran between January and March 2016, returning a few months later in May. Two months after that, Wang’s passport was taken from him and he was arrested not long later. Like the Namazis, Wang was charged with espionage.

Princeton University hired a lawyer for him when he was charged in February this year, and convicted in April. He has been sentenced to ten years in prison.

Iran Focus

London, 12 Sep - A statement relating to the 1988 Iranian massacre will be submitted to António Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations, during the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council, which began on September 11.

The statement, entitled The 1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners in Iran: Time for the Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, was written by three non-governmental organizations in special consultative status; France Libertés: Fondation Danielle Mitterrand, Women's Human Rights International Association, and Mouvement contre le racisme ET pour l'amitié entre les peuples.

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London, 14 Sep - An European Parliament intergroup dedicated to the freedom of the Iranian people has released a statement, on Wednesday, which called on the United Nations to investigate the 1988 Iranian massacre and prosecute those responsible for the deaths of over 30,000 political prisoners and urged European governments and the EU to condition their relationships with the Iranian Regime on improvements to human rights, including the suspension of executions.

Iran Focus

London, 11 Sep - It has been reported that the hunger strike in Rajai Shahr Prison is growing. More and more prisoners, from other prisons across Iran too, are joining in the strike.

The hunger strike was started in Rajai Shahr Prison, with around two dozen participants who are continuing indefinitely. Several prisoners in Ardabil Prison joined in solidarity, partaking in a two-week hunger strike.

Some reports say that the total number of prisoners on hunger strike is around 130, plus countless other activists inside and outside the country.

Iran Focus

London, 13 Sep - Zaid Raad al-Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, described Iran as one of the most alarming countries in regards to the human rights situation in that country.

On Tuesday, Mr. Hussein spoke at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, where he described the severe restrictions on freedom of opinion, expression and arrest of human rights defenders, journalists and social network activists in Iran.

Iran Focus

London, 8 Sep - An organisation dedicated to freedom of the press and fighting for the rights of journalists all over the world have condemned the Iranian Regime’s treatment of a journalist and political prisoner, which caused him to lose half of his face.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) released a statement about Alireza Rajaee, a board member of the Association of Iranian Journalists, who has recently undergone a long delayed treatment for cancer, which cost him his right eye and part of his face.

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