London - The Iranian Regime’s crackdown on peaceful anti-regime protesters over the past few weeks is being fuelled by the lack of condemnation by the UN for the Regime's past crimes against political prisoners, according to a former chief of the Human Rights Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
Tahar Boumedra wrote an op-ed to explain that the crackdown against protesters and any other dissidents in Iran are worsening, with the total number of arrests topping 8,000, with at least 11 detainees having being tortured to death in prison.
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has asked its members around the world to protest the “harassment” of labour activists and “systematic violation” of workers’ rights in Iran.
The ITUC, which has 331 unions in 163 countries with approximately 202 million total members, asked its members to organise demonstrations outside or send protest letters to embassies of the of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The warring factions in the Iranian Regime are now divided over how to handle the people’s uprising, which has been dominating the country for over a month.
Many in Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s faction believe that they can placate the protesters by sacking President Hassan Rouhani, but those in Rouhani’s faction warn that this will not stop the protests.
Sepideh Farah Abadi (Farhan), 29, continues to be detained after more than three weeks under the excuse of ongoing investigations. She does not have access to a lawyer and her family and is detained in Section 209 in Evin Prison which is run by the Intelligence Agency.
Tehran Majlis Representative, Mahmoud Sadeghi tweeted about the arrest of attorney of law Mohammad Najafi in Arak. The lawyer was arrested on January 15 on charges of following up the case of Vahid Heydari who was killed during Arak protests.
Babak Jeydari, a middle age Tabriz demonstrator arrested in the recent Iran Uprising, launched a hunger strike by sewing his lips together six days ago, reports indicate. He is currently held in solitary confinement at Tabriz Central Prison, Northwest of Iran.
Azad Taghizadeh and Gholamali Mosavar, who were arrested during Kermanshah’s demonstrations, were transferred to Dizel Abad Prison without trial. In Ilam, the fate of Jawad Khaybar and Laleh Aghaei, who were arrested in this city, is still not known.
Six political prisoners identified as Mohammad Saleh Shahdadzehi, 30 year old Farooq Anvari, 40-year-old Idris Jamshidzehi, 30-year-old Abdolaziz Sotvan, 27-year-old Mahmoud Sotvan, and 28-year-old Hashem Zardkouhi who is a former bank employee were transferred to Zahedan Prison after nine months of torture at a detention centre run by the Ministry of Intelligence.
Greater Tehran District police officers were able to arrest 29 people affiliated with the Stealthy Freedom Campaign in Tehran. “The police arrested 29 people who disrupted social security and introduced them to the Judiciary,” The Tehran Police Information Centre announced in a statement. (YJC state-run Website, Fanous News state-run Website – Feb. 1, 2018)