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Two Political Prisoners on 48th Day of Hunger Strike at Rajaee Shahr Prison as Others Shift to Fast

HungerStrike
CHRI -
 At least two political prisoners remain on the hunger strike they began on July 30, 2017, along with more than a dozen inmates in Rajaee Shahr Prison. The other inmates have since shifted to a fast in response to pleas by their family and supporters, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned.


Prominent labor activist Reza Shahabi and Kurdish political activist Mohammad Nazari have been refusing food for more than a month and a half.

As many as 20 political prisoners and prisoners of conscience at the prison, located in the city of Karaj west of Tehran, began refusing food after they were moved from Ward 12 to the security-enhanced Ward 10 without prior notice or their personal

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Save Mohammad Ali Taheri’s Life and Resist Judicial Clerocracy in Iran

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Radiozamaneh -
 The news was starkly succinct. On August 27, 2017, Mr. Ismaili, the General Manager of Tehran's Judiciary announced that Mohammad Ali Taheri, the leader of "the Mysticism of the Circle", a New Age cult in Tehran, has been condemned to death. The accused's attorney, Mr. Alizadeh Tabataba'i confirmed the news and vowed to appeal the verdict.


By: Mahmoud Sadri*

The 60 year old cult leader, teaches an eclectic doctrine and advocates a therapeutic practice which he calls

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Iranian Union Considers Mass Strike as Imprisoned Labor Activist’s Condition Deteriorates

Shahabi
CHRI -
 An Iranian union is considering a mass strike to protest a prominent labor activist being returned to prison to serve an additional year behind bars two years after he was released.


Reza Shahabi, a board member of the Union of Workers of the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (UWTSBC), has been on a dry hunger strike since August 9, 2017.

"On Wednesday [September 6] we visited him in prison. He has severe headaches. His back hurts. His feet hurt. He has numbness on

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Imprisoned Teacher’s Rights Activist: I am Legally Entitled to a Public Trial

Langroudi
CHRI -
 An imprisoned teachers' rights activist has been refusing food and water, pledging to continue his hunger strike until his 14-year combined prison sentence is reviewed in a public trial.


Mahmoud Beheshti-Langroudi, the former spokesman for the Iranian Teachers' Trade Association (ITTA), was taken to Evin Prison in Tehran on September 12, 2017, to serve the sentences that were issued for his peaceful defense of labor rights.

"I have warned the Tehran prosecutor's office that I

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Iran: Arrest of human rights defender seeking truth about disappeared family members

Amnesty
Amnesty -
 The Iranian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release a human rights defender arrested from her home last night, who has previously been targeted by the authorities for her peaceful activism, said Amnesty International.


Raheleh Rahemipour has spent years trying to uncover the truth about what happened to her brother and baby niece who were forcibly disappeared while in custody during the early 1980s. She was sentenced to a year in prison earlier this year in

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