Blue Flower

As 2014 drew to a close, the world reflected on a year that was catastrophic for millions of people across the Middle East and North Africa; a year that saw unceasing armed conflict and horrendous abuses in Syria and Iraq, civilians in Gaza bearing the brunt of the deadliest round of fighting so far between Israel and Hamas, and Libya come increasingly to resemble a failed state caught up in incipient civil war...

 THE AUTHORITIES RESTRICTED FREEDOMS OF EXPRESSION, ASSOCIATION AND ASSEMBLY, ARRESTING, DETAINING AND PROSECUTING IN UNFAIR TRIALS MINORITY AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVISTS, JOURNALISTS, HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AND OTHERS WHO VOICED DISSENT. TORTURE AND OTHER ILL-TREATMENT REMAINED PREVALENT AND WERE COMMITTED WITH IMPUNITY. WOMEN AND ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS MINORITIES FACED PERVASIVE DISCRIMINATION IN LAW AND PRACTICE.

Iranian-Canadian Mostafa Azizi, writer and TV producer, was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment in Iran today at the revolutionary court. Mr. azizi , 53,  was arrested on February 01, 2015 shortly after his return to Iran to care for his ailing father, spent over two weeks in solitary confinement under Revolutionary Guard ‘s Intelligence Service detention (ward 2-A) before transferring to Evin Prison’s general ward.