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The Strasbourg court

By Pooya Stone

Although Iranian authorities provided assurances that he would not be tortured, the European Court of Human Rights has held that the extradition of a man accused of theft to Iran would breach Article 3 of the human rights convention.

The Strasbourg court provides guidance on the kind of assurances required from the state requesting extradition in GS v Bulgaria (application no. 36538/17). It will not allow extradition unless the assurance is both specific and trustworthy. In this case, GS was wanted for theft, but if he was convicted, he was at risk of receiving corporal punishment — seventy-four lashes. The Strasbourg court would not allow extradition, because it labeled this manner of treatment as torture. In accordance with past case law, it found that the possibility of acquittal or the imposition of a different sentence was not sufficient to dispel the real risk of torture.

Mehdi Rajabian, 29, who was first arrested in 2013, alongside his brother Hossein, for the vague charge of “spreading corruption” for participating in Iran’s underground music scene and working with women.

By Pooya Stone

An Iranian musician has hit back at the Regime's music ban by releasing an album about oppression under the mullahs while on temporary bail from the notorious Evin prison.

Mehdi Rajabian, 29, who was first arrested in 2013, alongside his brother Hossein, for the vague charge of “spreading corruption” for participating in Iran’s underground music scene and working with women.

human rights lawyer and activist Nasrin Sotoudeh

By Jubin Katiraie

Iran has finally published the sentenced of human rights lawyer and activist Nasrin Sotoudeh, which states that she will serve 26 years in prison and been given 148 lashes, in addition to the five years she’s already serving for espionage.

This is the second of two verdicts against her. It was published almost a month after judicial authorities sentenced Sotoudeh.

mass killings in 1988

By Jubin Katiraie

Justice for Iran (JFI), a human rights organization, published the first volume of their series of books, entitled "The Face of Crime,” on the fortieth anniversary of the referendum that established the Islamic Republic. According to JFI, this volume covers the cases of 100 human rights violators in Iran.

IRAN-HUMAN-RIGHTS-POSTER

By Jubin Katiraie

According to Amnesty International's R. Bahreini, the situation in Iran is only getting worse. No one is safe from being detained under vague laws that criminalize most forms of expression in Iran.

She says, “At the moment there is no sign from the Iranian authorities that they intend to improve their appalling human rights record in this area. We have noticed that people are determined to claim their rights more and more including workers, students and civil society activists, who are taking to the streets and to social media to express their demands.”

The 1988 Massacre

By Jubin Katiraie

A human rights group has published the cases of 100 human rights violators in Iran in the first volume of a series of books, titled "The Face of Crime", which declares that many of those in power in Iran are guilty of despicable crimes against humanity, including the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, and Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raeisi.

Iranian environmental activists who have been jailed since January

By Mehdi

It has been over 400 days since a group of nine environmental activists were arrested and charged with espionage in Iran. Now, one has died under suspicious circumstances in prison and eight are facing trumped-up national security charges, some of which result in the death penalty.

Flogging in public in Iran

By Pooya Stone

Iran Human Rights (IHR) has published its 11th annual report on the death penalty in Iran. The death penalty is still be used as a means of punishment in Iran and the rate of execution per capita is very worrying.

Iran is one of the few countries in the world that carries out executions in public – a practice that is ordered by the authorities and a practice that human rights organisations have constantly criticised.

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