Sep. 22 – A United Nations inquiry into the state of human rights in Iran has been asked to investigate the Iranian government’s treatment of detained dual nationals.
Free Nazanin, a campaign set up to secure the release of British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe who was subsequently freed in 2022, warned that Iran’s regime was normalizing the detention of dual nationals for diplomatic leverage, according to a report by the Guardian newspaper.
The submission said the practice amounted to a human rights violation, and should be seen as a “transnational system of organized crime.”
A controversial bill proposing harsher punishments for women in Iran who fail to follow the country’s mandatory dress code has been passed.
The legislation enables lawmakers to impose five to ten year prison sentences for “inappropriate” dressing, and fines of up to $7,000.
The bill must now be approved by the regime’s Guardian Council before it can become law.
And Iran’s government has once again threatened Persian language media outlets abroad, calling them “enemy media” in a speech by Intelligence Minister Esmaeil Khatib.
Khatib said Iran would not be deterred from carrying out “aggressive actions” against the outlets, during a television appearance, and that staff at news outlet Iran International “will not be safe.”
Similar warnings have been made by Iran’s Information Ministry amid a rising number of security threats inside the UK by the regime against journalists reporting on Iran.