Amnesty International condemns heavy sentences for Iranian labor activists

Amnesty International issued a statement on Monday condemning the recent “cruel” and “unjust” prison and lashing sentences for labor rights activists in Iran, demanding the overturn of these verdicts the immediate release of these activists.

Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court, presided by Judge Moghiseh, has sentenced Esmail Bakhshi, Sepideh Gholian, Amir Hossein Mohammadifard, Sanaz Allahyari, Amir Amirgholi, Asal Mohammadi, and Mohammad Khanifar to over 111 years in prison accumulatively.

 

WHO expressed concerns about the spread of coronavirus in Iran

With the official report of 18 more cases of coronavirus in Iran and four dead (11 in unofficial reports), the World Health Organization expressed concerns about the spread of the disease in Iran. The director of WHO announced that medical officials are receiving the information about the patients in Iran, “but we must be in closer contact with them”.

He added that the health officials around the world still have time to control the spread of the virus: “This window of opportunity is still open but it is closing.”

 

 

Iraqi Airways suspends its flights to and from Iran

Due to the spread of coronavirus in Iran, Iraqi Airways announced that all its flights to and from Iran have been suspended.

Iraq’s Ministry of Interior issued a statement forbidding Iraqi citizens from traveling to Iran.

According to Iran International’s sources, so far 11 patients have died of coronavirus in Iran.

 

32 stores in Qom city punished for selling Valentine related items

The Qom city Judiciary announced that 32 stores in the city have been punished for selling Valentine related items. According to IRNA, these stores were identified as “promoters of anti-Islamic-Iranian culture” by the agents of the judiciary’s Reduction of Social Harms unit.

The statement made by the judiciary claims the punishment was due to the popular demand.

 

Trump: Senator Murphy might have violated Logan Act by meeting Zarif

President Trump, in response to the news of a secret meeting between Senator Murphy and Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic, said that that the meeting might have violated the Logan Act.

The Logan Act criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized American citizens with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States. It intends to prevent unauthorized negotiations from undermining the government's position.

Political prisoner Parisa Seifi on hunger strike

Parisa Seifi, a cultural activist from Kamyaran who was arrested during the November protests in Sanandaj, has gone on a hunger strike in protest to her continued incarceration.

She was arrested at her house by the security forces in November.

 

Political prisoner Mariam Akbarai Monfared was denied visitation

Political prisoner Mariam Akbari Monfared has been denied visitation in Evin prison for three weeks for objecting to the treatment of another prisoner by the guard. Monfared has been in prison for ten years.

According to HRANA, she was denied visitation without a disciplinary committee meeting and only because she objected to the bad treatment of a newcomer female prisoner.

A source close to Akbari Monfared said: Recently she objected to the problems that a newcomer prisoner and for that she was denied visitation.