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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Iranian Women’s Rights Activists Use Elections as “Opportunities” to Put Forth Demands

CHRI – A member of the Women’s Citizenship Center, a non-governmental organization in Tehran, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that women’s rights activists are increasingly using their leverage as an important voting block to put forth their demands during elections. On May 6, 2017, more than 180 women’s rights activists signed a declaration stating their demands …

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Rouhani’s Attempt to Adopt UNESCO Educational Guidelines Emerges as 2017 Election Issue

CHRI – In the run-up to Iran’s presidential election on May 19, 2017, the country’s hardline supreme leader has strongly denounced the Rouhani government’s attempt to integrate guidelines from a UN agenda into the country’s educational system. Conservative voters have meanwhile been pointing to the document as alleged evidence of centrist President Hassan Rouhani’s so-called pro-Western beliefs. Rouhani is currently …

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Pro-Rouhani Editor Arrested Ahead of May 2017 Elections Remains Detained Without Charge

CHRI – The family of Tahereh Riahi, an editor who has been detained since December 2016 without charge, is calling on President Hassan Rouhani to “keep his word on individual liberties and the rights of citizens” and facilitate Riahi’s release, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). “Now that Mr. Rouhani is delivering slogans on freedom and the rights of …

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The reason Tehran’s mayor dropped out of presidential race

Al-monitor – Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf withdrew from the presidential race May 15, leaving the conservative camp with two candidates in competition against incumbent moderate Hassan Rouhani. AUTHOR Rohollah Faghihi Ghalibaf, who had registered to run for the third time, announced that he is withdrawing in favor of conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi. Ghalibaf reached this decision following a meeting with Raisi …

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Here Are The Smears Marring Iran’s Election(s)

RFL/RE – Raisi has tried to taint incumbent President Hassan Rohani with allegations of corruption. While elections in Iran look like slug-it-out campaigns, with many of the trappings of competition — government critics, disagreement on high-profile issues, and televised public debates — they are kept tightly in check by unelected officials under the country’s clerically dominated system. By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL …

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Tehran City Council Candidate Says “Military Organizations” Intervened to Disqualify Reformist Candidates

CHRI – Ali Tajernia, a reformist politician and former member of Iran’s Parliament, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that his last-minute disqualification from the Tehran City Council election, following pressure by “military organizations,”  is “illegal” and he will file a formal complaint. Ali Tajernia “I and Mr. (Abdollah) Momeni were approved by the monitoring committees at the …

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Iranian Vice President Drops Out Of Presidential Race, Backs Rohani

PayvandNews – Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri has dropped out of the presidential race and thrown his support behind incumbent Hassan Rohani, who is seeking a second term in the May 19 vote. Jahangiri, a reformist politician, was believed to have joined the race to boost Rohani’s chances of reelection and defend the government’s policies in televised debates. Iranian Vice …

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Iran starts construction of ion therapy center

PayvandNews – Iran began building its National Ion Therapy Center with Austrian help on Monday, in a 200 million Euros project which follow the country’s landmark nuclear deal with six world powers in July 2015. Senior Iranian officials, including nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, appeared at the launching ceremony for the five-year project with …

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Iran targets Telegram app as it seeks to control news ahead of May election

CPJ – Iran has a history of cracking down on the independent press ahead of elections, with authorities arresting journalists and forcing reformist outlets to shut down. As Iranians prepare to vote in presidential and city council elections on May 19, authorities have turned their attention to Telegram, arresting several channel administrators for the app. With mainstream social media platforms such as …

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