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Telegram user imprisoned for two years is now transferred to a worse prison under the Ministry of Intelligence supervision.

Human Rights: Regime Imprisons Christian Congregation and Moves Telegram Activist to MOIS Ward

Telegram user imprisoned for two years is now transferred to a worse prison under the Ministry of Intelligence supervision.

Telegram activist transferred to notorious Evin prison.

The Iranian regime stepped up its efforts to intimidate its people through harsh prison sentences and practices this week. In one case, every member of a church was sentenced to a year in prison for the crime of practicing Christianity. In another case, a Telegram activist who has been held in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison for over two years was transferred to a ward controlled by the Ministry of Security and Intelligence Services (MOIS), according to MEK sources inside Iran.

 

Article 18, a group that supports Christians in Iran, tweeted about the sentence on Thursday: “A Christian couple has reported that a court in Boushehr has just sentenced them and ten other Iranian Christians to one year in prison each for ‘Propagating against the Islamic Republic in favor of Christianity.’ This group of Christian converts was arrested on April 7, 2015.”

Last week, the Christian website Mohabat News wrote that the couple was charged with “orientation toward the land of Christianity.” On Friday, President of International Christian Concern Jeff King confirmed that every member of the church’s congregation was sentenced to one year in prison.

 

According to King: “Getting information on the arrests of Christians is incredibly challenging given the heavily censored nature of Iran. But based on the cases we have been tracking, this is the first time this year that we’ve seen a jail sentence being given based on the charge of ‘inclination to the land of Christianity.’ This could be interpreted as a reference to Israel, the birthplace of Christianity and also a country that Iran has adopted a very aggressive stance towards.”

 

According to the U.S. State Department’s 2017 report on International Religious Freedom in Iran, Christianity is legally recognized as a religion in Iran, but it is illegal for Muslims to convert to any other religion, including Christianity.

 

The State Department report says that in Iran the death penalty may be imposed on non-Muslims who try to convert Muslims to other faiths, as well as anyone who creates hostility against God or insults the Prophet. The laws are written intentionally to be vague so that they may be used against anyone who is perceived to be a threat against the regime. These charges are often brought against political prisoners, religious minorities, and those who question the regime or its policies.

The State Department report also notes that the Iranian regime is well-known for its history of harassing, intimidating, and jailing Iran’s religious minorities.

According to Open Doors USA, 800,000 Christians live in Iran, though the regime consistently underreports this number. Christians are marginalized and oppressed in Iran, and Open Door ranks Iran as the 10th worst country in the world to be a Christian.

In another example of the shocking human rights abuses perpetrated by the Iranian regime on its people, the MEK network inside Iran reported that Alireza Tavakoli, a Telegram activist who has been held in Iran’s Evin Prison for over two years, was transferred this week from Ward 8 to Ward 209, a section of the notorious prison that is operated by the MOIS and does not fall under the jurisdiction of the prison.

 

According to a source close to Tavakoli, “Alireza Tavakoli was transferred from Ward 8 to Ward 209, and the Ministry of Intelligence is likely to open a new prosecution against him.”
Alireza Tavakoli, Mohammad Mohajer and Mohammad Mehdi Zaman Saleh were arrested by regime in 2016 on charges of blasphemy and sentenced to 12-year prison sentences. They appealed, and their sentences were reduced to five years each.

 

In July, Tavakoli wrote an open letter to Seyed Mahmoud Alavi, a cleric and Intelligence Minister appointed by Hassan Rouhani, saying that his five-year sentence was “outrageous.”

 

Mr Tavakoli is in poor health, suffering from joint and intestinal pain. Judicial authorities opposed a recent request by the MOIS to conditionally release Alireza Tavakoli, Mohammad Mohajer and Mohammad Mehdi Saleh.

 

The Telegram app was banned by the regime in May as a means of suppressing dissent by the people. The popular messaging app was used by activists like Tavakoli to share information and news, some of which was critical of the regime. Activists also used Telegram to organize and spread information about protests and demonstrations in Iran. Speech is heavily censored in Iran, and those who dare to speak against the regime are frequently imprisoned.

 

These cases are more examples of the routine human rights violations perpetrated by the Iranian regime. Freedom of speech and religion is non-existent, and those who defy the clerical dictatorship face heavy prison sentences. This is one of the many reasons that the people of Iran are demanding regime change.

Staff Writer

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Protests intensify in Khuzestan-Iran in defiance of the Iranian regime

Protests intensify in Khuzestan-Iran in defiance of the regime

Protests intensify in Khuzestan-Iran in defiance of the Iranian regime

Protests intensify in Khuzestan-Iran in defiance of the Iranian regime

Protests in cities across the Iranian province of Khuzestan, Southwest of Iran have intensified. Just months after the country came together in mass anti-regime demonstrations against the Iranian regime, the people of Khuzestan are back in the streets due to severe government mismanagement.

At the beginning of March, there were some small anti-regime protests near Isfahan. Farmers in the region had been affected by drought due to the mismanagement of water by the Iranian regime.

With discontent for the regime among the provincial population rising, the protests soon spread, with protestors from nearby Ahvaz, Kut Abdullah, Abadan, Mashahr, Shoush, Hamidiyeh and Sheyban taking to their streets in anti-government protests.

The regime responded with force and repression

On Thursday the 29th of March, police and anti-riot personnel attacked protestors in Kut Abdullah with tear gas and batons. In Ahvaz, they arrested protestors, including women. In Shoush, four workers from the Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Complex were arrested for their involvement in protests.

In fear of the growing protests, the Iranian regime is planning to clamp down on communications platforms available to the Iranians. The regime has plans to close the Telegram, Iran’s popular social media platform, by April 20th. The regime will replace the platform with a similar platform under the control of the regime. The move violates international treaties and is in direct contrast to the values of internet freedom upheld by the United Nations Security Council and the International Telecommunication Union.

The move will severely limit access to free and independent information

Telegram is essential for the Iranian population’s access to information. 80% of the Farsi-language information on the internet is sent via the social media platform. It also provides more than 200,000 jobs and contributes significantly to the Iranian economy.

The closure further demonstrates the lack of interest from the Iranian regime at promoting a strong national economy. Maryam Rajavi, leader of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK), lamented Rouhani’s destruction of the Iranian economy the day before the protests in Khuzestan erupted. The country’s currency reached record lows against the US dollar in February of this year.

The resistance movement shows solidarity with protestors in Khuzestan

The government crackdowns are becoming more forceful. Individual arrests are limiting Individual freedoms. Now, the collective freedom of the whole of Iran is in jeopardy with the loss of the Telegram as a space to share information.

However, the protests in Khuzestan demonstrate the people’s will to rise up against the repressive regime is growing despite all repressive measures. While the possible Telegram’s shutdown demonstrates a regime scrambling to maintain control against an increasingly frustrated and determined population.

As the appetite for regime change in Khuzestan is increasing, we stand with them and call on the International communities for solidarity to protect Iranian civil freedom and access to information on the internet and to take the human rights dossier of the Iranian regime to the United Nations.

Staff writer.

 

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