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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Hopes Dim For Finding Survivors In Collapsed Tehran Building

RFL/RE – Iranian officials say hopes are fading for finding survivors in the rubble of a 17-story commercial building that collapsed in Tehran on January 19 and is thought to have killed at least 20 firefighters. Esmail Najjar, chief of the city’s emergency services, said on January 20 that it is very unlikely anyone will be pulled out alive from …

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IRAN: DISSIDENT IRANIAN CLERIC IN NEED OF MEDICAL CARE

Amnesty – Elderly dissident Iranian cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Nekounam has been on hunger strike for 31 days in protest at his detention and the denial of specialized medical care by the authorities. After suffering from a stroke and heart attack while in detention, he is in extremely poor health and in urgent need of specialized medical care. View report …

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Four Prisoners Including Afghan Citizens Hanged on Drug Charges

Iran Human Rights –  Four prisoners, including two Afghan citizens, were reportedly hanged at Taybad Prison (Razavi Khorasan province, northeastern Iran) on drug related charges. According to a report by the human right news agency HRANA, the executions were carried out on Wednesday January 18. The report identifies one of the prisoners as Habib Khazayi. The names of the other …

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Civil Rights Activist Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison at 10-Minute Mass Trial Released

Iranhumanrighst.org – Revolutionary Guards Pressured Judiciary for Harsh Sentences Civil rights advocate Aso Rostami—whose initial mass trial with three other activists lasted “barely 10 minutes”—was released from Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj on January 15, 2017 at the end of his two-year prison sentence for engaging in peaceful activism. He was initially sentenced to seven years, but the term was …

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Hardliners Pressuring Rouhani to Ban Popular Telegram App, This Time for 2017 Election

Iranhumanrights.org – The Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned that Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi has called on President Hassan Rouhani to block access to Telegram, Iran’s most widely used messaging application, ahead of the upcoming presidential election scheduled for May 19, 2017. Rouhani has yet to respond to the request, an informed source told the Campaign, but …

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In death, Iran’s conservatives take ownership of Rafsanjani

Al-monitor – In death, Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was able achieve something that had eluded him the last decade of his life: favorable coverage from Iran’s conservative and state-run media. Watching their effusive coverage of Rafsanjani’s funeral, one could easily forget that these outlets had spent the better part of the last decade committed to destroying the elder statesman’s …

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Iran regards tourism a fountain of wealth

PayvandNews – Iran regards tourism industry a source for generating wealth, and is seeking to make the best use of positive atmosphere created in the wake of the nuclear deal, known as JCPOA, signed in January 2016.   Iran needs to breathe fresh air into the sector in order to achieve sustainable growth and grasp boom in the number of …

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32 Telegram Users Arrested In Iran On Charges Of Publishing Profanity

Radiozmaneh – Head of Hormozgan Province Department of Justice announced that 32 managers and users of the instant messaging service, Telegram in the province have been arrested on charges of publishing profanity. Telegram is one of the only social media services that is not blocked by the Iranian government; however, conservative factions have repeatedly called for tightening of state control …

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Khamenei’s uncle asks him to change his policies before it is too late

Al-Arabia – Hossein Mirdamadi, the uncle of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has addressed a warning to Khamenei through a public letter saying that social and political stability in Iran is at risk unless Khamenei reviews and modifies his current policies and practices. In the letter that was published on Thursday by “Kalima” website that is close to Iran’s …

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