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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Rights Activist Sentenced to 15 Years Imprisonment in Critical Condition After 45-Day Hunger Strike

Iranhumanrights.org – Civil rights defender Arash Sadeghi, who is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence for his peaceful activism, is in “critical and worrying” condition after 45 days on hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin Prison, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Arash has lost a lot of weight and he’s suffering from stomach and …

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Iranian Government Subdues Politically Charged Student Day With “Happy Shows”

Iranhumanrights.org – Since its 1979 revolution, Iran’s Student Day has been marked with passionate speeches given in a less restrained political atmosphere on university campuses. But this year the government has tried to extinguish displays of political dissent by cancelling speeches that had permits while issuing them for “happy shows,” including musical concerts and stand-up comedy. On December 6, 1956, …

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Why Iran’s currency is suddenly wobbling

Al-monitor — Fluctuation in the value of the rial became a common occurrence in Iran during the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and especially in the latter years. Foreign currencies would get more expensive by the day — and sometimes even by the hour. When Ahmadinejad first took office in 2005, the dollar traded for 8,200 Iranian rials. In the days …

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Iran calls for China to step up economic relations

PayvandNews – Iran has called for China to step up its economic relations with the country in the post-sanction era. “As China expanded its economic relations with Iran during the sanctions, the country fits for playing stronger role in the Iranian economy after the removal of the sanctions,” Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture Chairman Gholam-Hossein Shafeie said …

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Shell Signs Deal To Explore Oil Development In Iran

RFL/RE – Iran and Shell signed a deal on December 7 to explore the development of three of Iran’s biggest oil and gas fields, undeterred by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to undo last year’s nuclear deal that enabled Western companies to resume business with Iran. Anglo-Dutch Shell is the largest oil company to wade back into Iran since the …

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Iran Announces Plan To Make Toman Its Official Currency, Ditching Rial

RFL/RE – Iranian President Hassan Rohani has announced that his administration will reintroduce the toman as the country’s official currency, replacing the rial, upon approval by parliament, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported on December 7. For most Iranians, the currency change won’t make much of a difference, as most Iranians already calculate prices using the toman, which is equal …

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Man Executed in Iran after Extradition from Azerbaijan

Iran Human Rights – A man jailed for 15 years in prisons in the Republic of Azerbaijan was executed at Ardabil Central Prison (northwestern Iran) on November 4, a few months after he was returned to Iran. According to the human rights news agency, HRANA, the man’s name is Nemat Rahman Garmi, and he was returned to Iran in August …

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Iran: Two Prisoners Executed

Iran Human Rights –  A prisoner was reportedly hanged at Dizel Abad Prison (Kermanshah province, western Iran) on Tuesday December 6 on murder charges, and a prisoner was reportedly hanged at Salmas Central Prison (West Azerbaijan province, northwestern Iran) on Wednesday December 7 on drug related charges. The human rights news agency, HRANA, has identified the prisoner hanged at Dizel …

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Why OPEC deal is a double-edged sword for Iran

Al-monitor -The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries finally agreed to cut oil production at its Nov. 30 meeting in Vienna. The decision was preceded by months of intense negotiations against the backdrop of dramatically declining oil prices since mid-2014. The talks in Vienna were complemented by intense telephone diplomacy involving Iran and Saudi Arabia as well as major non-OPEC producer …

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