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Individual Iranian citizens are often subjects of repression when it comes to freedom of expression. News earlier this months however, focused considerably on the inability for the government to even hold itself accountable, particularly the inability to hold the powerful judiciary in Iran...
This week in human rights in Iran MINORITY RIGHTS On December 29, Nilisa Yahyavi, a Baha’i student at Semnan University was expelled from school after being interrogated about her religious beliefs by the university authorities. On December 30, the Court of Salmas sentenced two Kurds, Saber Mamedi...
The judicial system in Iran has never fully been independent.The system is heavily influenced by outside pressures, such as political and religious power centers. The influence of religious interests has increased since 1979 Islamic revolution. Executions in Iran: Facts and Figures Iranian...
This week in human rights in Iran MINORITY RIGHTS According to the Majzooban Nour News website, the Dervish minority in the city of Neyriz has recently come under pressure from Basij forces to stop religious gatherings. On December 20, a group of international human rights organizations sent an...
This week in human rights in Iran MINORITY RIGHTS This week, Amnesty International sent an open letter to the Iranian government asking it to overturn the execution sentence of six Kurdish prisoners in Ghezel Hesar Prison. According to Amnesty, the six Kurds were sentenced to death for vague...
This week in human rights in Iran MINORITY RIGHTS Three Baha’i citizens, Fariba Ashtari, Shabnam Motahhed and Iman Rashidi, were recently sentenced to a collective total of ten years in prison by the Yazd Revolutionary court. Ashtari and Motahhed were sentenced to three years and Rashidi was...
This week in human rights in Iran FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION According to the head of the moral security police Amir Tataloo, an underground musician was arrested on December 3. The location and condition of his arrest remain unknown.   Meanwhile, Islamic cleric Ahmadreza Ahmadpour,  received a 100 days...
This week in human rights in Iran MINORITY RIGHTS On November 21, over 3,000 people used social media to call for the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini who has been imprisoned in Iran since September 2012. PRISON RIGHTS This week, 1,800 prisoners at Karaj's Qezel Hessar Prison went on a hunger strike...
This week in human rights in Iran MINORITY RIGHTS On November 20, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report accusing Iran of violating its legal obligations towards refugees from Afghanistan and failing to protect them from abuse. HRW claims that thousands of Afghans have been summarily deported...
This week in human rights in Iran FREEDOM OF THE PRESS On November 11, Ali Asghar Gharavi, the author of the article that resulted in the banning of the Bahar newspaper and the arrest of its editor in chief, was arrested in Isfahan. The article was considered offensive towards Islamic ideology by...