Narges Mohammadi's message of condolences from inside Zanjan prison about the Ukrainian airplane crash

I’m sitting in loneliness in a corner in prison when I hear the news of the killing of 176 Iranians who were traveling on a Ukrainian plane. With pain and disbelief, I think of how their families must be feeling. Imagining the mourning of a people who are still grappling with the repression they faced by their government less than two months ago pains my heart. I tell myself that the plane crash is an incident and that people will bear the pain and tragedy together in solidarity. I, too, will mourn with them in my own ...

Iran: Scores injured as security forces use unlawful force to crush protests

Verified video footage, photographs and testimonies from victims and eyewitnesses on the ground obtained by Amnesty International confirm that Iranian security forces used unlawful force against peaceful protesters who gathered across Iran following the authorities’ admission that they had shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane on 8 January. ...

More Iranian journalists arrested, mistreated in prison

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arbitrary arrests of four journalists in northern Iran on 26 December – which has brought the number of journalists held since the start of a wave of anti-government protests in mid-November to 12 – and the inhuman and degrading treatment of two prominent women journalists in Tehran’s Evin prison in the past two weeks. ...

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to go on hunger strike in solidarity with other detained dual nationals

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is to go on hunger strike in her jail cell to show solidarity with another dual citizen detained in Iran, as the regime urged Western countries to stay out of its legal affairs. ...

European Parliament resolution of 19 December 2019 on the violent crackdown on the recent protests in Iran

–    having regard to its previous resolutions on Iran, including its most recent of 19 September 2019 on Iran, notably the situation of women’s rights defenders and imprisoned EU dual nationals[1], –    having regard to the Council conclusions of 4 February 2019 on Iran, ...

Iran: Thousands arbitrarily detained and at risk of torture in chilling post-protest crackdown

Iran’s authorities are carrying out a vicious crackdown following the outbreak of nationwide protests on 15 November, arresting thousands of protesters as well as journalists, human rights defenders and students to stop them from speaking out about Iran’s ruthless repression, said Amnesty International today. ...

Declaration by the High Representative Josep Borrell Fontelles on behalf of the EU on the recent protests in Iran

Over the past weeks, many people all across Iran have exercised their fundamental right to assemble and expressed their economic grievances. A growing body of evidence indicates that despite repeated calls for restraint, the Iranian security forces’ disproportionate response to recent demonstrations has led to high numbers of deaths and injuries. For the European Union and its Member States, the widespread and disproportionate use of force against nonviolent protestors is unacceptable. ...

Letter to Secretary General of the United Nations

According to Amnesty International, at least 161 persons have been killed during the violent suppression of the November 2019 protests in Iran. The speaker of the National Security Committee of the Iranian Parliament confirmed that approximately 7000 persons have been arrested because of participating in the protests. ...

Iran: Deliberate Coverup of Brutal Crackdown

Iranian authorities are deliberately covering up the scale of the mass crackdown against protesters, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should immediately announce the number of deaths, arrests, and detentions from the recent protests and permit an independent inquiry into alleged abuses. ...

Iran: Experts raise alarm at arrests and reported killings, internet shutdown

UN human rights experts have expressed grave concerns about the situation in Iran as protests spread across the country over the past week. ...

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