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Amnesty – On the third anniversary of the nationwide protests of December 2017 and January 2018, Amnesty International renews its calls for justice for the dozens of protesters, including children, who were killed by Iran’s security forces across the country, and their bereaved families. The organization also stands in solidarity with those seeking truth and accountability for the thousands of …

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USCIRF Applauds State Department Designation of Uyghur Muslims’ Treatment in China as Genocide

Shabtabnews – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) applauds the U.S. Department of State for designating China’s treatment of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region as genocide and crimes against humanity. USCIRF released the following statement: USCIRF applauds the @StateDept for designating #China’s treatment of #Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in the #Xinjiang …

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Holiday Travelers and Religious Ceremonies Spreading the Virus — Again

Iranwire – Iranian health officials have continued to warn against travel during the holidays, but religious ceremonies to mark Fatimiyya, the days when Muslims and especially Shias mourn the martyrdom of Fatimiyya al-Zahra, the youngest daughter of Prophet Mohammad, have continued despite the ban on gatherings. Alireza Raeesi, spokesman for the National Coronavirus Taskforce, said that travel is a very important factor in …

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Biden’s Top Diplomat Pick Says U.S. Seeks ‘Stronger’ Iran Nuclear Deal, Condemns Russia Over Navalny Arrest

Radiofarda — President-elect Joe Biden’s secretary of state nominee said the incoming administration would seek a “longer and stronger” nuclear agreement with Iran as he laid out a foreign-policy vision for the next four years.However, Antony Blinken also said Washington is a “long way” from reaching a new accord with Tehran, echoing comments made earlier in the day by Biden’s …

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U.S. Arrests Iranian Political Scientist Accused Of Being Government Agent

Radiofarda – The U.S. Justice Department has filed charges against an Iranian political scientist accused of being an agent for Iran’s government. The Justice Department said on January 19 that Kaveh Afrasiabi, an Iranian citizen with U.S. permanent residency, was arrested at his home in Watertown, Massachusetts the previous day on charges of “acting and conspiring to act as an …

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