Tag Archives | Amnesty International

33-yrs Prison, 148 lashes, for Women’s Rights Defender

Iran: Shocking 33-year prison term and 148 lashes for women’s rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh The sentencing of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and women’s rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh to 33 years in prison and 148 lashes in a new case against her is an outrageous injustice, said Amnesty International. The sentence, reported on her husband […]

2018 – Iran’s “Year of Shame”: Amnesty International

Iran’s ‘year of shame’: More than 7,000 arrested in chilling crackdown on dissent during 2018 The Iranian authorities carried out a shameless campaign of repression during 2018, crushing protests and arresting thousands in a wide-scale crackdown on dissent, said Amnesty International, a year after a wave of protests against poverty, corruption and authoritarianism erupted across […]

Arrest of Human Rights Lawyer “an Outrage”

From Amnesty International. Arrest of prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is an outrage The arrest of Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent Iranian human rights lawyer, is an outrageous attack on a brave and prolific human rights defender, Amnesty International said today. Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested at her home in Tehran this morning and transferred to […]

Iran “Bulldozing Mass Graves Sites to Destroy Evidence”

New evidence – including satellite imagery, photo and video analysis – shows that the Iranian authorities are deliberately destroying suspected or confirmed mass grave sites from the country’s 1988 massacre which saw thousands of political prisoners secretly killed, said Amnesty International and Justice for Iran in a new report today (30 April). The 31-page report […]

Iran Amputates Man’s Hand in “Shocking Act of Cruelty”

Amnesty International is outraged by reports that Iranian authorities have amputated the hand of a man convicted of theft. The amputation, which was conducted by guillotine, took place yesterday in the central prison in Mashhad city in north-eastern Razavi Khorasan province, according to the state-sponsored newspaper Khorasan News. According to Khorasan News, the 34-year-old man, […]

Easing of Drugs Laws may Spare Hundreds from Gallows

Responding to the news that Iran will implement amended drugs laws and remove capital punishment for some drug trafficking offenses, Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director, said: “Iran’s deadly anti-drugs campaign has had an enormous human toll over the years, resulting in gross human rights violations in the name of […]

Amnesty International challenges Iran on Human Rights

Iran’s judicial and security bodies have waged a vicious crackdown against human rights defenders since Hassan Rouhani became president in 2013, demonizing and imprisoning activists who dare to stand up for people’s rights, Amnesty International said in a new report. Caught in a web of repression: Iran’s human rights defenders under attack details how scores […]

Amnesty International’s Annual Report on Iran

According to a report from Amnesty International, Iranian authorities heavily suppressed the rights to freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly and religious belief, arresting and imprisoning peaceful critics and others after grossly unfair trials before Revolutionary Courts. Torture and other ill-treatment of detainees remained common and widespread, and were committed with impunity. Floggings, amputations and other […]

Six Years Prison for Unpublished Story about Stoning

By John Lee. Amnesty International has called for Iranian authorities to immediately repeal the conviction and six-year prison sentence of Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee for the writing of an unpublished story about the practice of stoning. “The charges against Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee are ludicrous. She is facing years behind bars simply for writing a story, and […]

Amnesty Int’l: “Shameful” 16-yr Sentence for Human Rights Defender

In response to the news that the 16-year prison sentence against prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi, who is critically ill, has been upheld on appeal, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director, Philip Luther, said: “This verdict is yet another cruel and devastating blow to human rights in Iran, which demonstrates the authorities’ utter contempt […]

Amnesty Int’l Condemns Zaghari-Ratcliffe Sentencing

Responding to a report from her husband Richard that the UK-Iranian dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been sentenced to five years in prison on unspecified “national security charges”, Amnesty International UK’s Individuals at Risk Campaign Manager Kathy Voss said: “This is extremely depressing but probably not unexpected news. “Iran’s Revolutionary Courts are notorious for handing […]

Women’s rights Activists treated as ‘Enemies of the State’

Iran: Women’s rights activists treated as ‘enemies of the state’ in renewed crackdown Iranian authorities have intensified their repression of women’s rights activists in the country in the first half of this year, carrying out a series of harsh interrogations and increasingly likening any collective initiative relating to women’s rights to criminal activity, Amnesty International […]

Iran “Denying Prisoners Medical Care”

Iran’s authorities are callously toying with the lives of prisoners of conscience and other political prisoners by denying them adequate medical care, putting them at grave risk of death, permanent disability or other irreversible damage to their health, according to a new report by Amnesty International. The report, Health taken hostage: Cruel denial of medical […]

Saudi-Iran Rivalry spills into UN Human Rights Council

By Fereshteh Sadeghi, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. On March 23, the United Nations Human Rights Council voted to pass Resolution A/HCR/31/L.27, thereby extending the mandate of the special human rights rapporteur for Iran, Ahmed Shaheed (pictured). The resolution was approved by […]

World Leaders Condemn Attack on Refugee Camp

By John Lee. The United Nations Secretary-General has condemned the attack last week on Camp Hurriya (Camp Liberty), near the Baghdad International Airport, which left at least 26 residents dead and many more wounded. The attack reportedly also caused casualties among the Iraqi Security Forces in the vicinity of the Camp. The Secretary-General called on […]