Fears are growing for the physical and mental health of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British charity worker jailed in Iran after being sentenced to five years in prison following an unfair trial on unspecified 'national security charges' earlier this year.
The Iranian authorities have intensified their repression of women's rights activists in the country in the past six months, carrying out a series of harsh interrogations accusing activists of being "spies" who seek the "overthrow" of the government, says Amnesty International.
One hundred prisoners in Ghezel Hessar prison, Iran, have been told to prepare for impending execution following a pause in hangings ahead of last week’s parliamentary elections. All of the prisoners face execution for alleged drug offences.
The entire male adult population of an Iranian village has been executed on drugs charges, an Iranian official has claimed, amid concerns over a United Nations programme that funds the country’s Anti-Narcotics Police.
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has phoned the Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia and Iran to urge both countries to avoid actions that could further exacerbate tensions after the recent Saudi executions, the attack on the Saudi embassy in Iran, and the rupture in diplomatic ties.