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Christians in Iran are being Locked up in Evin Prison, Known as “the black hole of evil”

Iran Focus

London, 22 May - Currently, Iran’s notorious Evin Prison is housing 11 Christian inmates who are being punished for their faith.

One Christian inmate, Nasser Navard Gol-Tapeh, charged with “acting against national security through the formation and establishment of an illegal church organisation in his home” was sentenced to a 10-years in Even Prison. His crime was setting up a prayer group in his home. International Christian Concern (ICC), an anti-persecution charity, claims that is facing “completely losing his teeth” due to lack of medical treatment.

British charity worker faces new false charges in Iran

Iran Focus

London, 21 May - A British charity worker wrongly jailed in Iran on false espionage charges is now facing a new trial with further "invented" charges, according to her husband.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was initially arrested and jailed in 2016, was taken to court on Saturday to face the charge of spreading propaganda against Iran.

Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, said that she denied committing any crime and appealed for freedom, but was told by Judge Salavati to expect a conviction.

Iran Focus

London, 20 Apr - On Thursday, the CHRI reported upon the latest call to action by United Nations experts regarding issues related Iran’s human rights record and its perennial abuse of the death penalty. The statement was signed by a trio of UN special rapporteurs, Agnes Callamard, Dainius Puras, and Nils Melzer, whose areas of focus are, respectively, extrajudicial and arbitrary executions, universal rights to physical and mental health, and cruel, inhumane, and degrading punishments including torture. It called attention to the case of Ramin Hossein Panahi, an Iranian Kurdish prisoner who is facing a potentially imminent threat of execution.

Human Rights Watch calls on Iran to halt death sentence of protester

Iran Focus

London, 16 May - Human Rights Watch has said that the Iranian judiciary should halt the execution of a member of the Gonabadi Dervish community and release all Dervish members who have been arbitrarily detained since February 2018.

On February 20, the Iranian authorities arrested over 300 Dervishes (by some counts as many as 430) after clashes between the Shia religious order and the Iranian police, during which Mohammad Sallas was accused of killing three police officers by driving a bus into a crowd of security officers.

Iran Focus

London, 14 Apr - Iran is one of the 23 countries that have not yet abolished the death penalty, and according to an April 12th report released by Amnesty International, “more than half (51%) of all recorded executions in 2017 were carried out in Iran.”

Ranking second behind China in terms of executions around the world, Iran has “carried out 84% of the global total number of executions along with Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Pakistan.”

Amnesty International also observed that compared to 2016 there has been “a slight decrease (5%) in execution figures” in Iran, but added that last year, “Iran executed at least 507 people, accounting for 60% of all confirmed executions in the region.”

British charity worker faces new charges in Iran

Iran Focus

London, 15 May - A British charity worker who was wrongfully imprisoned in Iran on espionage charges is facing fresh charges from the mullahs, according to her husband.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was arrested two years ago after taking her baby daughter Gabriella to visit family in Iran, will be returning to court in the next week or two to face resurrected charges of spreading propaganda against the ruling system; a charge usually levied by Iran when they don’t have anything concrete to charge a person with.

Iran Focus

London, 13 Apr - In 2017, the number of death sentences and executions carried out declined overall across the world. This is partly due to the measures that have been taken in Iran – one of the top five executioners in the world.

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International released their report regarding the situation of capital punishment across the world recently and indicated that Iran is now putting limitations on executions carried out for drug-related crimes.

During the course of 2017, there were at least 993 executions carried out – a significant drop from 2015 when the figure was at least 1,600. Over half of the recorded executions took place in Iran.

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Iran Focus

London, 4 May - The Iranian security forces have arrested a 15-year-old girl for writing poetry that the security forces claims incites violence.

Ma’edeh Shabaninejad was arrested back in March at the aunt’s house in Ahvaz, where she hid after security guards raided her home and confiscated her poems.

Her father, Sahid, said that Ma’edeh has been allowed to call her mother from jail on a weekly basis and is accused of writing poetry about Iran’s Arab minority that incites violence.

Iran Focus

London, 11 Apr - Dr. Kavous Seyed Emami, a 63-year-old Iranian academic and founder of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, allegedly killed himself in prison after being arrested by authorities that accused him of espionage.

His family have rubbished the claims that he committed suicide as well as the allegations that he was a spy.

The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), a New York-based non-profit organisation, said that the family were put under great pressure to bury Seyed Emami as quickly as possible. Its executive director also said that the claims of suicide have no credibility.

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