Amnesty International says they are “very concerned” for the welfare of a British-Australian academic who is being held in detention in one of Iran’s most notorious prisons.
A university lecturer with dual British and Australian nationality who was jailed in Iran for spying has been moved to a prison notorious for “gross human rights violations.”
Iran’s appeals court has confirmed a five-year prison sentence for Iranian-French academic Fariba Adelkhah on security charges, the judiciary’s official Mizan news agency reported on Tuesday.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanded on Wednesday that Iran release US detainees. Last week, Tehran released US Navy veteran Michael White, who had been detained in the country since his arrest in July 2018, and in exchange the Washington released Majid Taheri on Monday
Brian Hook, U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State on Friday called for the release of the remaining American prisoners in Iran while Iranian hardliners vehemently dismissed any negotiations with the United States.
It was the combination of this anachronistic form of governance and misguided theocratic principles that shifted the Iranian landscape (after the revolution in 1979) into a ruthless incessant purge of freedoms and rights. And thus far nothing has changed
France on Friday urged Iran to release French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah as she marked one year behind bars, with supporters charging she is being used as a bargaining chip by Tehran in a political game.
British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is being subjected to “psychological torture” by the Iranian regime as her hopes of being granted clemency were dashed yet again, her husband said.
France’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that relations with Iran had become more difficult after Tehran sentenced a French-Iranian academic to prison in what he said was a politically motivated decision.
Friends and supporters of French-Iranian anthropologist and academic Fariba Adelkhah, serving a six-year jail sentence in Iran, say that her ordeal could drag on for some time, raising fears for her health and well-being.
Iranian authorities have told a female dissident recently sentenced to more than three years in prison that she will get only two months to recover from a needed back surgery before having to start her jail term.