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Attempts by Iranian Officials to Evade Accusations Shocking Torture of Rights Activists

Iran Focus

London, 12 Jan - A female civil rights activist who spent close to one month in detention has talked about her “brutal torture” and that of a labor activist arrested with her. Sepideh Qolian, was attacked and detained with several other labor activists in November at the Haft-Tapeh Sugar Mill, alongside workers who were striking for their unpaid wages.

According to labor leader, Esmail Bakhshi, who tried to intervene, he and Qolian were severely assaulted at the time of arrest. The two were taken to prison where systematic torture allegedly began.

Lawsuit Highlights Persistent Danger to Dual Nationals in Iran

By Edward Carney

Jason Rezaian, the Iranian-American reporter who was detained for 18 months in the Islamic Republic before being released as part of a prisoner swap in January 2016, is slated to testify in US federal court on Tuesday as part of a lawsuit that he filed against the Iranian government shortly after returning home. Domestic lawsuits against sovereign foreign nations are ordinarily not permitted under American law, but exceptions are made for cases involving allegations of terrorism, torture, or hostage-taking by nations that are designated by the US State Department as state sponsors of terrorism.

The President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Maryam Rajavi

Iran Focus

London, 18 Dec - The President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Maryam Rajavi, has welcomed the United Nations’ adoption of the 65th resolution condemning systematic human rights violations in Iran.

She advised that this move has yet again made clear that the mullahs in Iran fundamentally disregard the most basic rights of the Iranian people in all areas of their lives.

Iranian Christians Will Not Have a Merry Christmas

Iran Focus

London, 27 Dec - The Shia denomination of Islam is Iran's official religion. According to the 2018 United States International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Report, freedom for other religions in that country, such as Judaism, Bahai, Zoroastrian or different Muslim branches is increasingly restricted.

Religious freedom has continued to deteriorate during the past year in Iran, with the government targeting Baha’is and Christian converts in particular.

McGill Grad Jailed in Iran for Environmental Work

Iran Focus

London, 14 Dec - Niloufar Bayani was a student of biology at McGill university before she was sentenced to jail in Iran. Bayani graduated in 2009 and later worked for the United Nations Environment Programme.

Nearly a year ago, when she went to Iran to do environmental work, the former resident of Montreal and Toronto was arrested and accused of espionage, and has been in Evin prison, outside Tehran, since then.

Hundreds of Christians in Iran Arrested Ahead of Christmas

Iran Focus

London, 21 Dec - Over 150 Iranian Christians have been detained in the past month and arrests are expected to continue over the Christmas holiday.

Those arrested include Amir Taleipour, 39, and his wife Mahnaz Harati, 36, who were arrested in front of their 7-year-old daughter during a raid on their home in Mashhad. The couple has not been allowed to speak with relatives or lawyers since the arrest.

Esmaeil-Bakhshi-Sepideh-Gholian

Iran Focus

London, 11 Dec - According to Iran News Wire, sources report that the families of labor activist Esmail Bakhshi, and civil rights activist Sepideh Ghelian, were informed that Mr. Bakhshi and Ms. Ghelian were beaten and mistreated during a family visit last Sunday.

The two Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Factory labor representatives were detained 22 days ago on November 18th, after protests by the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Factory workers in Shush.

Amnesty Calls for Justice for Victims of 1988 Iran Massacre

By Pooya Stone

Amnesty International has exposed the shocking scale of the 1988 Iranian massacre in a new report, which denounces the mass-murders as a crime against humanity, condemns the harassment of those seeking justice, and calls for those responsible to be held to account.

In the summer of 1988, 30,000 political prisoners, mainly members of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), were executed by the Iranian Government on the fatwa of then-supreme leader Ruhollah Khomeini.

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