Javaid Rehman warns about the condition of political prisoners in Iran

 

In his most recent report, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, Javaid Rehman, warned about the condition of prisoners arrested during the November protests in Iran and said these prisoners are suffering from the violation of their Human Rights.

Rehman once again emphasized his concerns about the continued violation of Human Rights such as freedom of speech, association, and assembly by the Islamic Republic regime of Iran.

He also specifically mentioned the suppression of anti-regime protests in Iran in November and demanded an independent investigation into the culprits.

Death of at least nine prisoners in Iran from COVID-19

Reports from Iran indicate the death of nine prisoners in Fashashuyeh, Qarchak Varamin, and Urmia prisons from COVID-19, but the president of the Prisons Organization in Iran has denied these reports.

On Thursday, it was reported that two prisoners recently died of coronavirus due to lack of medical treatment. One prisoner in Urmia prison and six prisoners have died in Tehran’s central prison.

 

EU sends 20 million Euros in humanitarian aid to Iran

High Representative of the European Union,‌ Josep Borrell, announced that the EU will send €20 million in humanitarian aid to Iran to help alleviate the coronavirus outbreak, and will support Tehran's request for IMF financial help.

Borrell stated: “We've not been able to provide a lot of humanitarian help but there is some €20 million in the pipeline ... that we expect to be delivered over the next weeks."

“We also agree in supporting the request by Iran and also by Venezuela to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to have financial support,” he continued.

 

Environmental activist was returned to prison after negative corona test

Sam Rajabi, the environmental activist who was transferred to hospital for showing COVID19 symptoms, was returned to the prison after his test turned out negative.

His sister, Katayun Rajabi, reported that the scans showed that Sam’s lungs were fine, and he was diagnosed with the flu and was transferred back to prison.

 

Ali Bikas sentenced to 10 years in prison and mandatory Basij service

Human Rights in Iran Organization reported that Tehran Revolutionary Court has sentenced Ali Bikas, one of the protesters arrested in November, to ten years in prison and mandatory service in Basij forces.

Bikas was charged with “assembly and conspiracy to undermine national security through participation in protest” and “disrupting public order through shouting and making noises.

He was among the 46 political prisoners who went on hunger strike on Monday in protest to rejection of his request for temporary leave due to the spread of coronavirus in prison.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was released from prison with electronic ankle bracelet for two weeks

Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, the Iranian-British citizen incarcerated in Evin prison was released for two weeks with an electronic ankle bracelet due to the concerns over the coronavirus outbreak in Iranian prisons.

She had previously informed her family about the coronavirus outbreak in prison and said that some of the prisoners had contracted the disease. She had also complained about the lack of medical care in prison.