The United States is about to release the frozen cash in some Iranians’ bank accounts, saying Tehran has kept to the interim deal over its nuclear programme. Yassamine Mather was invited to discuss the deal on the BBC Persian Service. Note, the clip is in Farsi throughout!
HOPI’s Yassamine Mather outlines how the sanctions being eased today actually helped enrich many clerics in Iran.
Shahrokh Zamani, labour activist and a member of the Council of Representatives of Labour Organizations and member of the Painters Union spent over 30 days in hunger strike. Zamani has been in prison since June 2011 charged with participating in the organisation of an illegal group against the regime, the Democratic Workers Movement with the intention of endangering national security through activism.
While in prison he has been physically and psychologically abused, denied medication and denied access to visitors. Following his recent transfer to the notorious Ghezel Hesar prison he started a hunger strike. In the last few weeks the campaign organised by many left wing Iranian organisations, including Left Unity Iran called for his return to Gohardast prison.