Continued human rights abuses in Iran, crackdowns and arrests and killings of protesters

As human rights abuses continue in Iran, the detention of civil society, labour, student activists, and women activists and journalists continue in various Iranian cities. Thousands have been detained, hundreds killed, and dozens were missing during recent Iran protests since the third week of November 2019. Iranian regime officials have also cut off Internet networks across the country, preventing leaks of current news and events abroad. News sources report that many students, labour, media, and women’s activists have been abducted and detained in recent weeks. According to reports, on Monday,…

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Amnesty: Proposed Iranian Law Restricting Access to Lawyer Would Be Crushing Blow for Justice

A contemptible amendment to the Iran’s code of criminal procedure could effectively strip detainees who are facing punishments such as the death penalty, life imprisonment and amputation, of the right to access a lawyer while they are under investigation, Amnesty International announced on Thursday, May 16. An analysis of the bill published by the organization Thursday details how, if passed, the amended law would permit the prosecution to immediately deprive individuals arrested on “national security” and certain other serious criminal charges of access to a lawyer for 20 days, which…

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Journalists Condemn Arrest of Reformist Reporter Ahead of World Press Freedom Day

Marzieh Amiri, a reporter for the reformist Shargh newspaper, has been in Evin Prison’s Ward 209 under the control of the Intelligence Ministry since she was arrested while covering a Labor Day protest in Tehran on May 1, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. Amiri was detained after she went to a detention center on Vozara St. to inquire about workers’ rights activists who’d been arrested at a rally near Iran’s Parliament, according to tweets by Shargh reporters. Judicial authorities have not commented on the reason…

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Trump travel ban comes into effect for six countries

People from six mainly Muslim countries and all refugees now face tougher US entry due to President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban. It means people without “close” family or business relationships in the US could be denied visas and barred entry. Lawyers took up positions at US airports, offering free advice. But there was no sign of the chaos that affected travellers when the first version of the ban was brought in at a few hours’ notice in January. That is because the executive order does not affect people who…

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