Welcome to International Liberty Association

International Liberty Association is a registered Charity (1160607) set up with the aim of promoting a respect for human rights in Iran and the Middle East, at the same time as assisting the victims of such abuses.

It aims to campaign on behalf of, as well as provide support and assistance to those imprisoned or otherwise detained due to their gender, political, religious or otherwise consciously held belief. In particular, it will work to support and promote the rights of children, women and religious minorities who face systematic discrimination and brutal oppression.

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The latest news

Iranian political prisoner Saeed Shirzad was not transferred to a hospital on Sunday after he refused to wear a prison garb. Saeed Shirzad’s family had arranged his transfer for Sunday and paid for the hospital. He was due for a scheduled eye operation. However, prison officials did not permit him to be taken to hospital. Saeed Shirzad’s requests for hospitalization have been denied several times in the past months by the prosecutor’s office. He suffers from severe kidney problems and needs urgent medical treatment.

Iranian Sunni prisoners of conscience were attacked and beaten by Raja’i Shahr Prison guards in Karaj after protesting prison conditions and denial of medical treatment. Many were injured but are still in solitary confinement. Reports indicate that the prison guards beat the prisoners on 27 August, 2019, using electric shock and truncheons. The prisoners had previously staged hunger strike in July to protest the authorities’ abuse of the prisoners and ignoring their problems such as lack of space, not being allowed to telephone their families and loved ones, deprivation of light and clean air, and being locked up inside their cells without being allowed to go outside for fresh air.

Sahar Khodayari, a female Iranian football fan who set herself on fire, after being arrested for trying circumventing a law banning women in stadiums, in Tehran, has died from her injuries, causing widespread outrage. According to the state media reports, she died at hospital on Monday, September 9, after her self-immolation outside a court, as she feared being jailed for six months.

Tehran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced seven labour activists to a total of 117 years in prison and 74 lashes over Haft Tappeh Sugarcane workers’ protests last November in the south-western city of Shush. They were charged with “Gathering and collusion to act against national security”, “Membership in the Gam” (a publication they wrote for), “Spreading propaganda against the state”, and “publishing lies”.

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