Brief on Iran (BOI) – 149


Iran- Human Rights (Women, Minorities, Ethnics)

14 Prisoners Executed on Drug Charges at Ghezel Hesar Prisonghezel
Iran Human Rights

According to close sources, Iranian authorities hanged 14 prisoners at Ghezel Hesar Prison on the morning of Wednesday October 18. The prisoners were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement on Monday in preparation for their executions. According to close sources, some of the prisoners were transerred to Ghezel Hesar from Karaj and Fashavieh (Tehran) prisons. The names of the prisoners who were executed have been reported as the following: From unit 2, hall 2 and 3 of Ghezel Hesar Prison: Abbas Karami (charged with 40 kilograms of narcotics, was imprisoned for five years before he was executed), Hamid Saber, Hamid Babaie (was imprisoned for nine years before he was executed), Hamid (Amir) Nazari (charged with 25 kilograms of heroin, was imprisoned for eight years before he was executed, Peyman Sabalani (was imprisoned for nine years before he was executed), Ganjali Chekezadeh (charged with two kilograms of crack, was imprisoned for ten years before he was executed), Reza Sabzi, and Khodamali Pirzadeh. From Fashavieh Prison (Tehran): Khashiar Ahani and Mehdi Geravand. Karaj Central Prison: Saeed Zakaria and Morteza Amini, both from hall 2, Shahin Akbari, from hall 5, and Ali Akbari Reigi, from hall 4. These executions have not been announced or confirmed by Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary or the media. The 14 prisoners were executed at a time when the death penalty for drug-related charges is under review in the Iranian Judiciary.

Time to Act on Iran’s Human Rights Abusesabuses

Let’s “fact check” before we call Rouhani a moderate. Interesting blog post from Perviz Khazaii #No2Rouhani
Throughout the three years of Hassan Rouhani’s presidency, some in the West have maintained hope that it would herald an era of moderation and reform in Iran. Subsequent to the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1, this sentiment was further accentuated by the same people. This is an opportune time to fact check.


With Talk of “Moderate” President Rouhani, How Far Has Iran Really Come From The Horrific Acts of the 1988 Massacre?horrific

Thanks to the support of our congressmen, Resolution 159 condemning the 1988 Massacre is gaining support! Take the time to read about the 1988 Massacre and why it is so important to support Res 159!

Descriptions of the 1988 massacre of Iranian political prisoners are no less than horrific. Prisoners as young as 13, serving punishments for crimes of conscience, ordered to execution by a self-described “death committee,” were carted onto forklifts by the hundreds before being unceremoniously hung off of cranes in groups by the hour. This disturbing scene went on for months until no less than 30,000 Iranian political prisoners were executed and buried in unmarked mass graves, often unbeknownst to their families.

The castigation of long imprisonments for the worker activistscastigation

The Free Union of Iranian Workers condemned the imposing sentence of long imprisonment against the labor activists. This union stated that these sentences arouse the public’s fury and acrimony against the situation.
The Free Union of Workers said that long-term prison sentences for Jafar Azimzadeh and Shapour Ehsanirad are passed while the indigence and the misery of workers, teachers, and other people increase day by day. On the other hand, the government agencies, military and educational organizations are involved in the frauds of billion dollars and corruption. It is worth noting that the ravages such as 11 million outskirt inhabitants, millions of unemployed, prostitutions, ten thousands of child labors in the streets, alcoholism, drug misuse and dozens of other social problems are spread across the country and they have put an 80 million people of the society to the brink of collapse.

Heartbreaking Final Letter Of Hanged Young Iranian Woman Reyhaneh Jabbarijabbari
ُُThe Huffington Post

The young interior designer hanged yesterday in Iran for killing the man she claimed was trying to rape her sent a moving final letter to her mother, asking her to make sure she had her organs donated after her death.
The heartbreaking letter, written in April but circulated today by Iranian peace activists, was from 26-year-old Reyhaneh Jabbari to her mother Sholeh Pakravan, who had called on the judges to hang her instead of her daughter, for the murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former intelligence agent.


Iran sentences two U.S. citizens to 10 years in prisonFamily handout picture of Iranian-American consultant Siamak Namazi with his father Baquer Namazi

More from Reuters Top News on Siamak Namazi’s arrest and 10 year sentence in #Iran #dualcitizens #FreeIran

Iran sentences two U.S. citizens to 10 years in prison
An Iranian court has sentenced an Iranian-American businessman and his elderly father to 10 years in prison on charges of cooperating with the United States, Iranian media reported on Tuesday, the latest sign of an intensifying crackdown against Iranians with ties to the West.

Iran- Terrorism Activities (Middle-East)

Iran’s ‘Shia Liberation Army’ is par for the courseShia Liberation Army

In a surprising moment of transparency and clarity, one of Iran’s former most senior military leaders confirmed that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), or Pasdaran in Persian, had established a “Shia Liberation Army” (SLA).
Speaking to the Mashregh news agency, which is close to the Pasdaran and the Iranian regime, retired General Mohammad Ali Al Falaki said that the new army’s primary objective would be to fight in Arab countries and would recruit heavily from non-Iranian Shia Muslims across the world.
“Haj Falaki”, as he is honorifically and respectfully known in Iran, announced that the SLA was formed in Syria and would be commanded by Brigadier General Qassem Soleimani, the enigmatic commander of the Pasdaran’s Quds Force.

Iran- Nuclear Activities

Iran Proving To Be Its Own Worst Enemy For Oil Developmentenemy

Despite Iran’s efforts to re-enter the oil market, and amid promises two years ago by the country to open up the industry to foreign market after the sanctions against it were lifted, investors are still having difficulty making any real headway in the country.
Oil majors from around the globe have been to Iran to meet with local officials regarding upcoming tenders. Despite that, several representatives and their negotiating teams have said that they were still in the dark about the geology of the oil fields in Iran, and even on the terms of the contracts. They also did not know who their local partners would be, and how soon they would begin to recoup their investments in the Iranian fields.

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