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Iran still seeks to erase the ‘1988 prison massacre’ from memories, 25 years on

  The last time Jafar Behkish saw his brothers, Mahmud and Mohammad Ali, both political activists imprisoned in Iran, they only had 10 minutes to talk through a glass window. None of them imagined that it would be their last interaction or the horror that would unfold over the following months. A few weeks after […]

Iran’s prisoners of conscience – an interactive guide

  As Iran gears up for a presidential election in June, the conditions in which prisoners of conscience are held in some of the country’s most notorious prisons have worsened. Below are some of the activists, students, journalists, women’s rights campaigners, lawyers, artists, former politicians and members of Iran’s religious and ethnic minorities who have […]

New Wave of Summons, Return of Prisoners to Prison and Executions

  With less than 4 weeks left till election day, Iran is witnessing a new round of summons of civil and political activists to Iran’s ministry of intelligence, non-extension of prison leaves and mass summons of prisoners on leave. In addition, two women political prisoners, whom Tehran’s prosecutor’s office called Mossad and CIA spies, were […]

10 Political Prisoners In Solitary Confinement Have Launched A Hunger Strike

  10 political prisoners incarcerated in solitary confinement in Evin Ward 240 have launched a hunger strike following the prison officials’ failure to fulfill their promise to return them to the General Ward 350. Incarcerated in solitary confinement and demanding to be returned to Ward 350, the following prisoners have launched an open ended hunger […]

10 Protesting Political Prisoners Have Been Kept In Solitary Confinement, Threats Made Against 35 Other Prisoners

  Despite a visit by the Deputy Judiciary Chief, the 10 political prisoners who were moved to solitary confinement in Evin Ward 240 on Sunday, are still incarcerated there, and the Deputy Warden of Evin prison has threatened that the other 35 prisoners protesting this illegal move will be confronted and punished. According to reports […]

Protest At Ward 350, Special Guards Units Sent To The Ward, 10 Prisoners Sent To Solitary Confinement

  After tension broke out at Ward 350 of Evin prison, special guards units were sent to the ward and 10 political prisoners were moved to Ward 240 solitary confinement on the direct order of Tehran Prosecutor General. Political prisoners Saeed Madani, Abdollah Momeni, Abolfazl Abedini Nasr, Siyamak Ghaderi, Amir Khosro Dalirsani, Mohamad Hassan Yousefpour […]

Political Prisoners Protest Cell Search with 72-hour Hunger Strike

  Political prisoners in Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj are currently undergoing a 72-hour hunger strike in protest of degrading treatment by Special Guard forces, a local source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. On April 17, Special Guard forces stormed the prison’s Ward 4, Hall 12, where political prisoners are kept, […]

Political prisoners put reformist agenda ahead of own freedom

  A group of Iranian political prisoners has written to former president Mohammad Khatami, urging him to run in the presidential election should the right conditions present themselves. The letter, dated April 17 and published on the Kaleme website, does not set out the release of political prisoners as a precondition. In fact, the political […]

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