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Iran facing coordinated diplomatic efforts to end its treatment of political prisoners and WHRDs

Woman human rights defender Narges Mohammadi was released from Zanjan prison after her sentence was commuted; WHRD and lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh ended her hunger strike due to her deteriorating health; Coordinated diplomatic efforts made by France, Germany and the UK in calling for an end to Iran’s detention of dual nationals and its treatment of political prisoners, the first by the three countries on Iranian human rights abuses. Read more

Iran facing coordinated diplomatic efforts to end its treatment of political prisoners and WHRDs

Concerns about increased use of death penalty and judicial harassment to crack down on civic space

Human rights organisations raise concerns about the increasing use of the death penalty as a weapon of repression against protesters, and also identify a further emerging trend- the filing of additional charges against women human rights defenders already serving lengthy prison sentences in retaliation for their peaceful human rights activities
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Concerns about increased use of death penalty and judicial harassment to crack down on civic space

CSOs express concern at thousands of imprisoned HRDs at risk of Corona virus infection

Authorities detain and summon members of civil society, journalists and members of the public who criticise the Iranian government’s management of the Corona virus outbreak; United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Javaid Rehman, criticises the alarming detention conditions of human rights defenders and political prisoners; CSO expresses concern about the thousands of human rights defenders at risk of infection in Iranian prisons; UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Javaid Rehman, criticises the authorities’ unprecedented lethal response to the protests which swept the country in November 2019. Read more

CSOs express concern at thousands of imprisoned HRDs at risk of Corona virus infection

Iranian authorities target human rights lawyers, while activists remain in detention

several environmentalists remain in detention for 6 months without any charges, while human rights lawyers are arrested and barred from retaining clients for being critical to the judiciary, and for representing protesters. Read more

Iranian authorities target human rights lawyers, while activists remain in detention

Iranian authorities block Iran's most widely used messaging app

Human rights organisations called on the Iranian authorities to overturn a judicial decision to block the Telegram messaging app in Iran. The popular messaging app is currently used by an estimated 40 million Iranians and has soared in popularity since its release in 2015. Read more

Iranian authorities block Iran's most widely used messaging app

Women human rights defenders subjected to ill treatment

On 9th March 2018, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch raised the alarm over the health of two women human rights defenders (WHRDs) detained in Shahr-e Rey prison. Atena Daemi and Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee are currently being held in quarantine in unsanitary conditions with little access to the outside world. The two WHRDs were imprisoned for defending women’s rights and opposing the death penalty. Read more

 Women human rights defenders subjected to ill treatment

Women's rights - focal point of recent protest actions resulting in arrests

According to reports, several women have been arrested in Iran since the end of January 2018. On 29th January 2018, civil society reported the arrest of Nargess Hosseini who took off her headscarf in protest against Iran’s compulsory requirement to wear a hijab. Read more

Women's rights - focal point of recent protest actions resulting in arrests

20 people killed as Iranian authorities crack down on protesters

In December 2017 and early January 2018, Iranian authorities began their violent repression of anti-government protests. Read more

20 people killed as Iranian authorities crack down on protesters