The imprisoned political journalist Issa Saharkhiz has resumed his hunger strike after being placed in solitary confinement on February 21, 2016 despite having lost an alarming amount of weight. He has also not been allowed to meet with his lawyer, according to his son.
Don’t look now but Iran s civil society is on fire. In recent weeks dissidents, ethnic minorities, and political activists have presented a formidable challenge to the claim that the Nuclear Deal with Iran would benefit human rights and political reform. Their presence is also a sharp critique towards the facade of reform projected by Hassan Rouhani.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), the security forces during separate visits to two residential units in Tehran and Karaj, arrested Hussein Jandaghian, Siamak Molamohammadi, (Zhowan), Kiana (Didar) Karimpour, Sepehrdad Saheban, and Mehraban Keshavarz, some of the student activists and transferred them to Evin prison.
The Iranian authorities should immediately release seven teachers apparently detained for peaceful union activities. By stepping up the arrests and sentencing of outspoken teachers in the weeks prior to the start of the school year on September 23, 2015, the authorities appear to be sending a message to other educators not to speak out about their concerns.