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Police Beat Arrested Lawyer with Heart Problems

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Hossain MehrandishHRANA News Agency – Hossain Mehrandish, judiciary lawyer, was arrested following the order of the judge in branch number 29, while he was defending his client. He who had heart failure following the tension was transferred to the hospital while being in police custody. At least one of the police officers hit the chest of this lawyer for no obvious reason. This could have had deadly consequence for someone in this situation. Hossain Mehrandish is currently in Rajai Shahr prison.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Hossain Mehrandish who was defending his client in Shahid Madany court, was arrested by the order of the judge in branch 29 with the allegation of insulting the judge.

This high tension resulted in his heart failure with pain in the chest and as a result he was transferred to the hospital by the police.

In the video that was provided for HRANA and shows moments before physician’s visit, one of the police forces shows aggression against Mr. Mehrandish and after handcuffing him hits him on his chest which could have been lethal for a patient with heart failure.

In this video, Mrs. Naghavian, Mr. Mehrandish’s wife who herself is a lawyer, protested against the police officer who did this.

Eyewitnesses told to HRANA that the higher rank officer, who has been said to be the head of the police station, kicked Mrs. Naghavian as well.

Mr. Mehrandish after being released from hospital transferred to Rajaei Shahr prison and a 200 million bail has issued for him.

Young Prisoner Hanged in Public

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Young Prisoner Hanged in Public Iran Human Rights  -A prisoner in his mid twenties was hanged in public in Isfahan on murder and rape charges.

University: Iran Denies Appeal of Jailed Princeton Student

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FILE - In this undated photo made available by the family of Xiyue Wang, via Princeton University, Xiyue Wang, a Chinese-American Princeton graduate student, poses for a photo at an unknown location. VOA - Iranian authorities have denied the appeal of a Princeton University student who had been convicted on espionage charges and sentenced to 10 years in prison, the university and his wife said Thursday.

Iranian Women’s Rights Activist to Serve Three Years in Prison For Attending Seminar

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CHRI - Women's rights activist and photojournalist Alieh Matlabzadeh has been sentenced to three years in prison by a preliminary court in Tehran for participating in a women's empowerment seminar.

Iranian police have detained dozens of young people at a pool party near the central city of Isfahan that authorities say involved dancing and alcohol, state media report. The TV news website on August 9 said provincial forces of the Islamic

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Iranian police prepare to destroy confiscated bottles of alcohol in Tehran.RFL/RE - Iranian police have detained dozens of young people at a pool party near the central city of Isfahan that authorities say involved dancing and alcohol, state media report.

Police Arrest Peaceful Participants at Annual Commemoration for Popular Dissident Poet Ahmad Shamlu

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CHRI - Iranian police and security forces dispersed a gathering marking the 17th anniversary of popular poet Ahmad Shamlu's death and arrested several participants, including a senior member of the Iranian Writers Association (IWA), a spokesman for the group told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

"This year, as in last year, we were not allowed to mark this day," said Reza Khandan Mahabadi about the event on July 24, 2017. "The cemetery gates were locked and when people insisted on staying, the authorities made some arrests and threatened not to free them until everyone left the scene. Eventually the few dozen people who had come for the ceremony decided to disperse so the detainees could go free."

"IWA board member Baktash Abtin has been detained, as well as two or three younger people who we have lost contact with," he added. "They have not contacted anyone yet to say where they are or when they will be freed."

CHRI has also learned from an eyewitness who spoke on the condition of anonymity that former imprisoned labor activist As'ad (Behnam) Ebrahimzadeh was among those arrested at the July 24 incident.

Ahmad Shamlu, who died in 2000 at the age of 75, is often referred to as Iran's greatest contemporary poet. Taking stands against injustice by the state before and after Iran's 1979 revolution enhanced his popularity.

The commemoration ceremony took place at Imamzadeh Taher Cemetery in Karaj, 33.5 miles west of Tehran, but the police prevented people from gathering around the poet's grave.

According to the IWA official, the police were supported by plainclothes agents working for an unknown security agency.

"The agents had normal civilian clothes and did not show any identification or judicial order," Mahabadi told CHRI. "They shouted and made threats against the crowd and then handcuffed a few people and took them away."

Until 2015, the authorities allowed people to gather every July 24 at the poet's gravesite relatively freely, without any major incidents with the police or security forces. However, in the past two years the cemetery gates have been locked on the anniversary and crowds have been forced to disperse.

Asked why the police and security forces have continued to disrupt the commemoration, the IWA spokesman pointed to Shamlu's reputation as a dissident poet.

"The security forces generally have a problem with any kind of gathering of critics and dissidents, even if it's just a few dozen people," said Mahabadi. "Maybe they are afraid that in the current climate of crises and social dissatisfaction, these small gatherings could turn into widespread protests.

"In the past two years, they have taken harsher measures, he added.
"Before they would summon us and make threats, but we could still gather to sing, read a few poems and make speeches. But in the past two years, people have not even been allowed to gather at Imamzadeh Taher."

In its July 20th public invitation for the Shamlu commemoration, IWA stated, "We will gather in his memory. He who wanted the world to be prosperous and free. He who wanted people to regain their lost glory. He who lost his legs but stood his ground. We will remember him for justice, equality and everything he left for posterity."

According to Article 27 of Iran's Constitution, people can gather in groups freely "provided arms are not carried and that they are not detrimental to the fundamental principles of Islam."

Article 46 of the Charter on Citizens' Rights, signed by President Hassan Rouhani in Decembers 2016 without a path to implementation, states: "Citizens have the right to assembly and make demonstrations and to participate therein, freely and in compliance with the law, and to enjoy impartiality of the responsible bodies and protection and security for the assembly."

A member of PEN International, a worldwide association of writers, IWA is Iran's largest organization representing writers, editors, translators and publishers. Many of its members have been persecuted for their secular and critical views of state policies.

Mohammad Mokhtari and Mohammad Jafar Pouyandeh, two prominent IWA members, were killed by Iran's Intelligence Ministry agents in 1998 in a series of assassinations that came to be known as the "chain murders."

Downgraded Sentence for Teachers’ Rights Activist Issued Amid Ongoing Prosecution of Labor Leaders

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Teachers' rights activist Taher Ghaderzadeh's sign reads: CHRI - Labor Activism Seen as National Security Offense in Iran

A senior member of the Iranian Teachers' Trade Association (ITTA) has taken no solace in the downgrading of the three-month prison sentence issued to ITTA member Taher Ghaderzadeh to a suspended sentence.

"Some of my friends were happy about the light suspended sentence, but we must remember that these actions are aimed at silencing teachers," said the senior ITTA member, who spoke to the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on condition of anonymity.

"In the case of Mr. Ghaderzadeh, he has been going back and forth to court for a year and a half, which means during that time he has not engaged in any [trade ] activities," said the source. "And now, with a suspended sentence hanging over his head, he has to be more cautious.

"In effect, the authorities are unlawfully and unfairly treating trade activities as crimes against national security," added the source.

In April 2016, Branch 5 of the Saqqez Revolutionary Court in Kurdistan Province, northwestern Iran, sentenced Ghaderzadeh to 91 days in prison for "propaganda against the state" and "disturbing public peace."

However, in early July 2017 the Saqqez Appeals Court suspended the prison sentence for three years.

A 50-year-old mathematics high school teacher in Saqqez, Ghaderzadeh was arrested in March 2016 for allegedly organizing protest rallies by teachers demanding better pay and working conditions.

Labor activism in Iran is seen as a national security offense; independent labor s are not allowed to function, strikers are often fired and risk arrest, and labor leaders are consistently prosecuted under catchall national security charges and sentenced to long prison terms.

In May 2017, an online petition signed by more than 15,000 people calling for the release of imprisoned teachers' rights leader Esmail Abdi was delivered to the judiciary and the office of President Hassan Rouhani.

"Mr. Abdi is not a thief, murderer, drug dealer, embezzler, foreign spy or traitor to his country," said the petition addressed to Judiciary Chief Sadegh Larijani. "He is a trade activist elected by the teachers of Tehran according to the laws and regulations of the Islamic Republic of Iran."

The former ITTA secretary general—who is serving a six-year prison sentence in Evin Prison for "propaganda against the state" and "collusion against national security"—went on a six-week hunger strike that ended on June 16, 2017 to demand an end to the prosecution of peaceful trade activists on national security charges.

Thirteen People Arrested Amid Arab Ethnic Rights Protests in Iran’s Khuzestan Province

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CHRI - Thirteen people, including Arab ethnic rights activists and poets, were arrested in Ahwaz, the capital of Iran's Khuzestan Province, on June 25, 2017, local activist Karim Dahimi told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

Photojournalist Who Worked for Rouhani’s Presidential Campaign Arrested Without Charge

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CHRI - Husband Pressured to Confess to Espionage

Formerly imprisoned photojournalist Asal Esmailzadeh was "suddenly" arrested without charge while accompanying her husband to the Culture and Media Court in Tehran on June 19, 2017, Saeed Seif told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

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