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Iran Focus

London, 22 Feb - The husband of the British-Iranian charity worker held on bogus spying charges in Iran has written to the Iranian embassy in London to try to arrange a meeting with a visiting Iranian official.

Richard Ratcliffe, who has not seen his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and their baby daughter, Gabriella, since the pair visited family in Iran in 2016, wants to meet with Abbas Araghchi, the deputy for legal and international affairs in Iran's foreign ministry, in order to bring his family home.

Iran Focus

London, 22 Feb - Over 300 Sufi protesters were arrested during overnight clashes with the police in Tehran on Monday night.

The Sufi group Gonabadi, known locally as Gonabadi dervishes, held their protest in front of a police station in northern Tehran to demand the release of the members of their faith and the removal of security checkpoints around the house of their leader, Noor Ali Tabandeh.

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London, 12 Feb - In an open letter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, leading academics in Iran have demanded answers relating to the alleged suicide of a distinguished environmentalist in prison.

Kavous Seyed Emami, a professor at Imam Sadegh University and founder of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, died just two weeks after he was arrested and taken to prison on vague charges of spying.

On Saturday, February 10, his family were told that he had committed suicide and a judiciary official said, on Sunday, that Emami had confessed to crimes related to espionage.

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London, 07 Feb - Human rights abuses in Iran are plentiful, but this January has seen them soar as a result of the Iranian Regime’s crackdown on the protesters who called for regime change.

Iran Human Rights Monitor published a special report on the violations that the protesters were subjected to, but this article will do its best to cover both that and the unrelated human rights abuses.

Crackdown on protesters

Iran's government started its crackdown with the first demonstrations, using tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowds.

Iran Focus

London, 14 Feb - A British charity worker imprisoned in Iran on bogus spying charges is being psychologically tortured by the authorities of Iran, according to campaigners.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been held in Iran for almost two years, is the victim of a “state-orchestrated campaign [of] psychological abuse" that meets United Nations criteria for torture, according to anti-torture charity Redress.

The charity have written to Professor Nils Melzer, the UN special rapporteur on torture, on behalf of the Free Nazanin campaign with evidence that Zaghari-Ratcliffe is being tortured to coerce the British Government to negotiate a deal for her release (i.e. paying a ransom to Iran) or force her to confess to spying on behalf of the UK and provide information about others.

Iran Focus

London, 06 Feb - On Sunday, security forces in Iran besieged the house of one of the most well-known leaders of Shiite Sufism. Noor Ali Tabandeh’s residence was quickly surrounded with his supporters who gathered peacefully to protest the injustice. This, however, led to clashes with the security forces who opposed their presence.

News about the incident spread quickly and before long videos and pictures were circulating on the internet and on social media applications.

Iran Focus

London, 12 Feb - Ms. Asma Jahangir, a leading human rights lawyer and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran has died at the age of just 66.

Jahangir was born in Lahore in Pakistan during the sixties and became the first woman in the country to serve as the President of Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan.

She has been described as a fearless activist and one that has put herself at great personal risk in her pursuit for human rights. Despite threats and pressure from opposition, Jahangir always stood for what she believed in.

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London, 05 Feb - An asylum seeker who fled Iran, fearing that he would be killed by the theocratic rule for converting to Christianity, has said that if he returned to Iran, he and his family would certainly be murdered.

Daniel ( a pseudonym) explained that he fled to the UK after the Iranian authorities discovered that he had been practising Christianity in secret as part of underground Christian movement known as "house churches".

He officially converted from Islam, when he was baptised at a Cardiff church two years ago.

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