By Jubin Katiraie

Iran’s former justice minister has defended the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in the media recently.

Mostafa Pourmohammadi, who served in the cabinet of President Hassan Rouhani until 2017, told state-run Mosalas Magazine that the regime was “at war” and should not be expected to follow “legal procedures and consider citizen’s and human rights”.

He then described the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK), whose members and supporters were the main victims of the massacre, as “the worst kind of enemy”.

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By Pooya Stone

A British charity worker falsely imprisoned in Iran has been returned to prison on Saturday after spending nearly a week on the mental ward of a public hospital, according to her husband.

Richard Ratcliffe said Monday that his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe reported to him that she was "broken" after spending six days chained and under heavy guard in a psychiatric institution.

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By Pooya Stone

Iranian authorities have hanged ten prisoners in the past few days in the cities of Mahshahr, Nowshahr, Urmia, and Khandab, with two being hanged in public.

On Wednesday, Iran hanged one inmate in Bandar Mahshahr, southwest Iran, but his name is unknown. They also hanged two inmates convicted of drug charges - Moharam Nemati and Asgar Bartar - in Urmia prison in northwest Iran, who it’s believed were transferred to solitary confinement on Tuesday in preparation for their executions.

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By Jubin Katiraie

The situation for political prisoners in Iran is worsening. The Iranian authorities are under immense pressure – both on the international and domestic fronts – and it is trying desperately to keep a lid on the palpable discontent at home.

Political prisoners have been systematically mistreated over the course of the past four decades under the clerical authorities’ rule and despite international calls for prison regulations to be reformed, they are continuing to be tortured and assaulted in prison.

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By Jubin Katiraie

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is a British-Iranian dual citizen that was arrested and sent to prison in Iran in April 2016 where she has been detained since. The Iranian authorities have charged her with spying and attempting to topple the country’s government. Officials have said that she was in charge of a “foreign-linked hostile network”. Tehran’s prosecutor general said almost two years ago that Nazanin is being detained because she was running a journalism course with the purpose of spreading propaganda about the regime.

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By Pooya Stone

A state-run news agency in Iran has reported that a 17-year-old boy has been sentenced to 100 lashes for a crime he allegedly did not commit. The ROKNA news agency said that he was sentenced to the lashes on 15th July, accused of abusing an 11-year-old boy in the city of Tehran. But the boy’s parents had retracted the complaint against the boy, but the Iranian Judiciary refused to cancel the sentence.

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By Jubin Katiraie

The UK is worried about a British-Iranian aid worker wrongfully jailed in Iran and recently transferred to the mental ward of a public hospital and called for her release on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said: “We are extremely concerned about Nazanin [Zaghari-Ratcliffe]’s welfare and call for her immediate release. We urge Iran to allow family members to visit her and check on her care.”

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By Pooya Stone

In recent days, video footage has been published on Iranian social media networks in which elderly members of the Bahai minority at a care center in Karaj, holding placards, are calling on Iranian authorities to stop harassment and pressures against them.

The Iranian authorities are trying to close down the Elder Care Center in Karaj that belongs to the elderly Baha'is.

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