Activists Welcome FIFA Deadline For Iran to Lift Discriminatory Ban on Women in Stadiums

November 27, 2018 – Heeding calls by women’s rights activists inside and outside Iran, governing football body FIFA has been urged in a new report by its advisory board to give the Islamic Republic a deadline to lift its ban on women in football stadiums.

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Iran: Conditional release of Abdolfattah Soltani!

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Iran.

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Iran Must Pass Legislation to Protect Women Against Violence

Bill Languishing for Years, While Women Are Abused with Impunity

November 23, 2018—The Iranian authorities must bring legislation protecting women from domestic violence that has been languishing for years to parliament and ratify it so that Iranian women can have the protections against domestic violence required under international law, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said today.

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Iran’s Execution of Two Traders Convicted in Iran’s New Corruption Courts Is Unlawful

Vahid Mazloumin and Mohammad Esmail Ghassem Both Hanged at Dawn Despite Denials of Due Process and the Right to a Fair Trial

November 14, 2018—The hanging today of two individuals who were convicted of economic crimes in Iran’s new corruption courts is unlawful and inhumane, as these courts deny due process and do not allow for fair trials, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said today.

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Forced Psychiatric Hospitalization Cannot Become New Means of Silencing Dissent in Iran

Teachers’ Rights Activist, Held Against His Will at Psychiatric Hospital in Iran and Forcibly Given Medications, Must Be Released Immediately

November 6, 2018—The Iranian government should immediately release teachers’ rights activist Hashem Khastar from the psychiatric facility where he has been forcibly and unlawfully held, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today.

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Iran Must Stop Imprisoning Lawyers for Defending Their Clients

Mohammad Najafi is the Seventh Attorney to Be Sent to Prison in Last Six Months, Six Remain Behind Bars

October 30, 2018—Iran’s sentencing of attorney Mohammad Najafi to three years in prison and 74 lashes for “disturbing the state” and “publishing falsehoods” after he advocated for a young client who died under suspicious circumstances in an Iranian detention center is a flagrant violation of the right to counsel and a continuation of the unlawful assault on the legal profession in Iran that has left a half dozen attorneys behind bars for doing their job.

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Iran’s Judiciary Should Release Ailing Prisoner Saeed Malekpour on Medical Grounds

Imprisoned in Iran’s Evin Prison since 2008, Canadian permanent resident Saeed Malekpour was hospitalized for a “heart attack” at the age of 43, according to his sister.

October 26, 2018 – A Canadian resident imprisoned in Iran for the last 10 years should be released on medical grounds given his deteriorating health status, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today.

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Iran Charges Environmentalists With National Security Crimes

Prosecutions Lacking Due Process Aimed at Deflecting Attention from Death of One of the Detainees

October 23, 2018 – Nine months after a group of environmentalists were imprisoned in Iran without any evidence of wrongdoing and denied due process—and after the death of one them in state custody—five of them have been charged with a serious national security crime.

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International Community Must Establish Mechanisms to Sell Humanitarian Goods to Iran, Iranian Government Must Ensure Affordability

Access to Medicines and Basic Foods in Iran Must Be Protected Economic Mismanagement and Sanctions Combine to Endanger Economic and Social Rights of Iranians, Poor at Greatest Risk

October 23, 2018—With the full reinstatement of US sanctions on Iran on November 5, which will make financial transactions between Iranians and major economies in the world difficult and in many cases impossible, people’s access to humanitarian goods such as essential food items, medicine and medical supplies in Iran could be imperiled.

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Austria Ignores Threat of Iranian Islamism

A crackdown on Sunni Islam gives Shiite Iranians a free pass.

Oct.11.2018- Spectator – In June 2018, the Austrian government announced it would shut down seven mosques and expel sixty imams, because of their putative links to Salafi-jihadists or Turkish regime networks. The government’s decision was made in the wake of a 2015 law that banned foreign funding of religious institutions and required Muslim organizations to express a “positive approach towards the society and the state” of Austria.

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