Category: Human Rights Reports

Iran: Wrestling champion Navid Afkari feared at risk of imminent secret execution

September 2020, 16:45 UTC The Iranian authorities must immediately reveal the fate and whereabouts of Navid Afkari, a wrestling champion at imminent risk of being executed in secret, Amnesty International said today, while calling on the international community, including UN […]

German Judges Association Awards Iranian Rights Lawyer On Hunger Strike In Prison

IRAN — Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is seen in Tehran on November 1, 2008. The German Judges Association (DRB) has awarded its Human Rights Prize to the Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh who is currently on a hunger strike […]

The ‘trampling of humanity’ continues in Iran

Amnesty International has added to the ongoing outrage at the treatment of political prisoners in Iran following November 2019’s major protests, reports JANE GREEN LAST November, when protests erupted in Tehran, rapidly spreading across Iran, the Committee for the Defence […]

The man who said no: how Iran coerces expats to inform on friends

Behdad Esfahbod was forced by the Revolutionary Guard to enlist as a foreign agent. But when they tried to activate him, he went public instead On 14 June, Behdad Esfahbod, a Facebook software engineer, received a text from a strange […]

URGENT ACTION – TORTURED IRANIAN KURD AT RISK OF EXECUTION

Arsalan Khodkam, from Iran’s Kurdish minority, is at risk of execution in West Azerbaijan province. He was sentenced to death for “spying” after a grossly unfair trial that lasted about 30 minutes and relied on “confessions” he says were obtained […]

Iran: Leaked official letters reveal state denial of COVID-19 crisis in prisons

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 31 July 2020 Leaked official documents newly obtained by Amnesty International reveal that the Iranian government has ignored repeated pleas by senior officials responsible for managing Iran’s prisons for additional resources to control the spread of […]

Iran: Two Kurds executed amid increasing use of death penalty as weapon of repression

There has been an alarming escalation in use of the death penalty against protesters, dissidents and members of minority groups in Iran, Amnesty International said today, following the executions on 13 July of two Kurdish men in Urumieh prison in […]

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER’S LIFE AT RISK OF COVID-19

URGENT ACTION Imprisoned Iranian human rights defender Narges Mohammadi, who suffers from serious pre-existing health conditions, is showing suspected COVID-19 symptoms. The authorities are putting her health and life at risk by denying her health care and holding her in […]

Freelance journalist who reported on strikers goes to prison for 5 years!

A freelance reporter has been given a five-year sentence for covering on a peaceful rally by striking sugar mill workers demanding their unpaid wages. Sepideh Qoliyan had to report to prison earlier this week to begin serving her time after […]

Iran: Authorities must tell family of forcibly disappeared prisoner the truth about ‘secret execution’

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 11 June 2020 The Iranian authorities must urgently clarify the fate and whereabouts of Hedayat Abdollahpour, a Kurdish prisoner, after local authorities told his family that he had recently been secretly executed, Amnesty International said today. […]