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800 Activists Urge Iranian Parliament to End Child Marriage

CHRI - Hundreds of Iranian women and children's rights advocates in Iran are urging Parliament to prohibit underage marriage in the country.

IRAN: Six Inmates at Rajaee Shahr Prison Punished With Solitary Confinement For Going on Hunger Strike

CHRI -Prisoners Protest Transfer to High-Security Ward Without Medicine or Clothes



Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj.

More than 50 political prisoners in Rajaee Shahr Prison are in severe distress, with at least six on hunger strike in solitary confinement, after they were moved en masse to a high-security ward without any of their clothes or medicine.

"This is the same ward where about 20 Sunni prisoners lived before they were executed last year," one of the prisoners' relatives told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) after a scheduled family visit. "It had been empty until now as work was carried out to beef up the security measures."

"During the past 10 days, the transferred prisoners have been taken out for fresh air only three times," said the source, who spoke with CHRI on condition of anonymity. "The moldy air inside does not change because the ward gate is always closed and the small cell windows are covered with thick nets. Access to the prison store has also become very limited."

Jafar Eghdami, Saeed Masouri, Hassan Sadeghi, Reza Akbari Monfared, Amir Ghaziani and Abolghasem Fouladvand "were taken to solitary confinement for officially announcing their action [hunger strike] on August 9," said the source.

The informed source added that tensions are high partly because the inmates had not gotten back their personal effects, including medication, that were left behind when they were suddenly moved to Ward 12 from Ward 10 on July 30, 2017. 

"The authorities have still not returned the prisoners' belongings, including television sets, water purifiers, and most important of all their clothes and medicines," said the source. "This is really bad for some of the prisoners who are sick and need to take medication regularly."


Hunger Strike!

Political prisoners in Iran are singled out for harsh treatment, which often includes denial of medical care.

"These prisoners are still wearing the same clothes they had on when they were transferred," said the source. "Many of them came to the visitors' hall looking ungroomed and wearing only shorts or underwear."

"That made the families really worried, even though the prisoners tried to keep their spirits up," added the source. "The prisoners wanted us to contact the prosecutor and the media about what's happening."

According to Article 37 of the State Prisons Organization's regulations, prison authorities "must exercise sufficient care and attention in the safe return of convicts' personal effects at the time of their release or during transfers."

CHRI has learned also learned that Ward 10, located on the third floor of Rajaee Shahr Prison, has been equipped with enhanced security gear such as closed-circuit cameras, microphones and jamming devices to block smuggled mobile phones.

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Iran: Scheduled execution of man arrested as teenager is an all-out assault on children’s rights

Iran:Amnesty - The planned execution on Wednesday morning of Mehdi Bohlouli, who was only a child at the time of the crime, just days after the hanging of another man arrested as a child, is a sickening act of cruelty that must be stopped immediately, said Amnesty International today.

With Eye on Telegram, Internet Body Says All Social Media Apps Must Store Data Inside Iran

The Supreme Cyberspace Council in session.CHRI - To improve Iran's ability to monitor and censor online content and user activity, the country's Supreme Cyberspace Council (SCC) has ruled that all foreign social media networks must store domestic traffic data inside Iran.

Iran Executes Man Arrested at 15 Despite Commitment to Stop Executing Juveniles

CHRI - Prominent Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh: Case Had "Serious Holes"

 Iran has violated its international obligations by executing Alireza Tajiki, who was 15-years-old when he was arrested and 16 when he was sentenced to death, said the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

Political Prisoner in Solitary Confinement for Hunger Striking Against Wife’s Detention

Soheil Arabi with his wife and daughter.CHRI - Political prisoner Soheil Arabi, serving a seven-year prison sentence for the content of his personal Facebook posts, was moved to solitary confinement in Evin Prison after he started a hunger strike to protest his wife's detention.

Iran Should Immediately Release Critically Ill Opposition Leaders Under House Arrest

CHRI - Karroubi and Mousavi's Health in Peril After Six Years of Forced Isolation

More than six years into their extrajudicial house arrest, the health of leading Iranian political opposition leaders is in grave danger, renewing urgent calls in Iran for their freedom.

Iran vilifies human rights defenders as ‘enemies of the state’

Iran vilifies human rights defenders as ‘enemies of the state’Amnesty - 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 published today.

Family, US Congress Convince Imprisoned US Permanent Resident to End Hunger Strike in Iran

CHRI - Nizar Zakka "Under Intense Torture and Pressure"

A Lebanese-born US permanent resident who was sentenced in September 2016 to 10 years imprisonment in Iran ended his hunger strike in Tehran's Evin Prison on July 27, 2017 after pleas from his family and a call by US Congress for his immediate release.

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