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CAUGHT IN A WEB OF REPRESSION: IRAN'S HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS UNDER ATTACK

Amnesty
Amnesty -
 The Iranian authorities are intensifying their crackdown against human rights defenders, who have already been working under suffocating levels of repression. Human rights defenders are routinely portrayed in official statements and court verdicts as "criminals" and "foreign agents" bent on harming national security. Since 2013, dozens of human rights defenders have been imprisoned on spurious national security-related charges based solely on their peaceful human rights activities. Many others have faced surveillance, interrogations and drawn-out prosecutions, coercing them into silence. Amnesty International urges the Iranian authorities to release all imprisoned human rights defenders immediately and unconditionally, and

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Poisonings Put Spotlight On Iran’s Alcohol Problem

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RFL/RE -
 Mass alcohol poisoning and related deaths have exposed an alcohol problem in the Islamic republic, where a ban introduced following the 1979 revolution has failed to prevent Iranians from drinking.


Ninety-two people were poisoned, four fatally, after drinking in Sirjan in the southern province of Kerman, Iranian media reported on July 23.

Details relating to the poisonings, including whether they are related, were unclear, but Kerman Province judiciary official Yadollah

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Iran: Foreign diplomats tour of Evin prison a 'crude PR stunt'

Amnesty
Amnesty -
 Last week the Iranian authorities arranged a rare visit to one of the country's most infamous prisons for representatives of up to 45 foreign diplomatic missions from Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

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Afghan Migrant Workers in Iran: Continuing Struggle and Exploitation

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Radiozmaneh -
 This short report is based on field observations and research inside Iran and paints the picture of the situation of Afghan migrant workers in Iran and the continuation of their exploitation.

A Field Report

By: S. Eqbal

S. Eghbal – If they find work, they will be paid much lower wages compared to their Iranian counterparts. In order to find work they are forced to pay off Iranian superiors or bribe the police who persecuted them. They live in the worst living

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Iran: More than One Execution Every Four Hours in July

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Iran Human Rights -
  Following a pause in executions during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, executions in Iran have dramatically increased since Saturday July 1.


In the past twelve days, Iran Human Rights has reported on 56 executions carried out in Iran. 31 of the 56 prisoners were reportedly hanged on drug related charges. Only seven of the 56 executions were reported by official Iranian sources, including the Judiciary and state-run media.

Iran Human Rights considers the

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