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Sina Toossi, Senior Research Analyst at the National Iranian American Council, issued the following the announcement that multilateral negotiations aimed at restoring the Joint Comprehensive
Sanctions imposed on Iran during the Trump administration have harmed the Iranian economy, the welfare of its people, efforts to fight the pandemic, the work of humanitarian organizations, and efforts to help Afghan refugees in Iran.
Human Rights Watch has independently confirmed that Payam Derafshan, a respected Iranian human-rights lawyer, has suffered a cruel level of torture at the hands of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard while unjustly incarcerated in Evin Prison. While the reports of Derafshan’s torture are disturbing in their own right, they fit into a pattern of increasingly reprehensible misconduct by Iranian authorities.
An Iranian appeals court has prolonged the unjust detention of British-Iranian dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe by a year, after it upheld an earlier verdict and sentencing. Her detention began in 2016 when she was arrested, jailed, and accused of plotting against the Iranian government. The one-year extension to her detainment initially came in an April verdict charging her with “spreading propaganda.” Given that Nazanin has already served her initial sentence, it is evident that these new charges are spurious and politically motivated. Richard Ratcliffe, her husband, and many others including human rights groups, see this as yet another example of the Iranian government imprisoning a dual national to use as a bargaining chip in unrelated diplomatic negotiations.
The EU and Iran announced the Vienna nuclear negotiations will resume on November 29th. Meanwhile, Iran claims the U.S. tried to capture a tanker carrying Iranian oil in the Gulf of Oman, which the U.S. denies. Hackers also leaked new documents from Tehran’s Evin prison.
Iran said this week it would return to the Vienna negotiations by the end of November. This came as a cyber attack shut down Iranian gas stations across the country. Meanwhile, British-Iranian Nazanin Ratcliffe has not had her new prison sentence be implemented yet, while the UN has issued a new human rights report on Iran.