NCRI - The United Kingdom has classified Iran as a "Human Rights Priority Country," warning that the high number of executions carried out by the regime is of "particular concern."
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office 2015 Human Rights and Democracy Report, published on Thursday, April 21, 2016, said that in 2015, "Iran’s human rights record continued to cause great concern."
NCRI - The United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has in its seasonal update to its Human Rights and Democracy Report highlighted the plight of members of the main Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK) in Camp Liberty in Iraq.
The “Iraq - in-year update December 2015,” published on Thursday, April 21, 2016 said the overall human rights situation in Iraq remained of grave concern between July and December 2015.
NCRI - Afghan civil and human rights activists have staged a rally outside the Iranian regime's consulate in Herat, north-west Afghanistan, demanding justice over the rape and murder of a six-year-old Afghan girl in Iran earlier this month.
Setayesh Ghoreishi was reported as missing on April 9 in the Iranian city of Varamin, south-east of Tehran. Her body was discovered the following day after she was assaulted and stabbed to death by an attacker who tried to dispose of her body by putting her in a bathtub and covering her in acid, according to the International Business Times.
NCRI - Iran's fundamentalist regime earlier this week closed down at least 16 shops owned or operated by Baha’is in Qaemshahr, northern Iran, according to local reports.
The measure was taken based on a directive passed over to the regime's suppressive State Security Forces in Qaemshahr.
United States President Barack Obama and the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Thursday said there was a need to remain vigilant about the Iranian regime’s destabilizing actions in the Gulf region, including its ballistic missile program, and support for terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and extremist proxies in Syria, Yemen and Lebanon.
In a joint communiqué, the GCC leaders and Obama, who convened in Riyadh for the 2nd GCC-U.S. summit, pledged to increase cooperation on all fronts to resolve regional conflicts, intensify information sharing on Iran, boost marine security cooperation and implement an integrated ballistic missile defense and early warning system.
The Gulf Arab states and the United States have agreed to deploy joint patrols to intercept ships smuggling Iranian weapons to Yemen.
The secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) said the bloc and the U.S. would stage joint maritime patrols to stop weapons smuggling from Iran.
NCRI - Deutsche Welle radio has broadcasted an interview with Elham Zanjani of the Women's Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) about the suppression of women in Iran.
Officials in Iran have said this week they have a network of 7,000 undercover agents who inform police about 'moral transgressions' - like women who don't cover their hair properly, the report by DW said on Wednesday, adding that women in Iran are also increasingly blocked from education opportunities and employment.
NCRI – Following the Iranian regime’s nuclear deal with the P5+1 countries, one of Iran’s economic indicators is the status of Iranian workers and comparing their situation to that of workers in other countries of the world.
Iranian state television broadcasted a report in March 2016 which showed Iranian workers venting their anger at its reporter who tried to interview them about their income.
NCRI - This week the Iranian regime launched a new plan to suppress women for "improper veiling." It deployed some 7,000 so-called undercover 'morality police officers' in Tehran tasked with suppressing women on the streets and alerting official law enforcement agencies of instances of “mal-veiling” and other “violations” of the mullahs’ fundamentalist laws.
NCRI - Iran's fundamentalist regime has hanged two more prisoners, this time in the Central Prison in Mashhad, north-east Iran.
The executions, carried out on Sunday, were reported by the state-run daily Khorasan.
The hangings bring to at least 34 the number of people executed in Iran since the start of last week, while European officials have been paying visits to Tehran. Three of those executed were women.
Ismail Abdi, prisoner of conscience and Secretary General of Iran’s Teachers’ Trade Association (ITTA), plans to go on hunger strike on International Workers’ Day on May 1 to protest the repression of trade unionists, Amnesty International said in an Urgent Action appeal on Tuesday.
Mr. Abdi has been sentenced on charges related to his peaceful trade union activities, the rights group said.
United States House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) on Tuesday introduced legislation to prevent the Obama administration from allowing Iran's regime access to transactions involving the U.S. dollar as long as the Iranian regime continues to engage in illicit activities, including the development of ballistic missiles and terrorism.
The United States Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that almost $2 billion in frozen assets of the Iranian regime must be turned over to American families of people killed in the 1983 bombing of a U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut and other attacks blamed on Iran's fundamentalist regime.
The court's 6-2 ruling dealt a setback to the Iranian regime's central bank, finding that the U.S. Congress did not usurp the authority of American courts by passing a 2012 law stating that the frozen funds should go toward satisfying a $2.65 billion judgment won by the families against Iran's regime in U.S. federal court in 2007.