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Monthly Archives: January 2018

IRAN: FURTHER INFORMATION: MAN ARRESTED AT 17 AT RISK OF EXECUTION: HAMID AHMADI

Amnesty – Iranian man Hamid Ahmadi, arrested at 17 and sentenced to death on the basis of torture-tainted “confessions” is at risk of execution. According to the authorities, his request for retrial has been rejected and his death sentence is ready for implementation. Please click below link for the full report: http://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/MDE1377412018ENGLISH.pdf

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Death Sentence Against Swedish Resident Ahmadreza Djalali Under Review

CHRI – Branch 33 of the Supreme Court in Iran is reviewing the death sentence issued to Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian-born academic and Swedish resident accused of “espionage” charges. The judge has asked a deputy prosecutor to give his opinion in February 2018. “My client’s case is currently being studied by a deputy prosecutor in Tehran and his assistant in …

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Rouhani moves to leverage unrest to loosen IRGC grip on economy

Al-Monitor – In the aftermath of the recent protests in Iran, public announcements about a concerted effort to get the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Iranian army (Artesh) to divest from the economy seem to signal that President Hassan Rouhani remains firmly committed to his agenda. Indeed, unlike the past — when civil unrest was quickly assumed by …

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Iran ‘concerned’ by Turkish assault on northern Syria

Al-Monitor – Iran’s Foreign Ministry has expressed hope that Turkey’s airstrikes against the US-backed Syrian Kurdish forces in the northern Syrian city of Afrin will come to a speedy end. The statement falls short of an outright condemnation and shows the complex nature of Syria’s civil war. Bahram Ghassemi, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, said Jan. 21, “The Islamic Republic of …

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Iranian Parliamentary Group To Get Access To Detained Protesters

PayvandNews – Iranian media are reporting that members of parliament will be allowed access to prisoners who were detained during antigovernment protests that rocked the country, beginning last December. Hassan Norouzi, spokesman for the parliamentary judicial committee, on January 21 was quoted by the semiofficial ISNA news agency as saying, “Our application was today approved.” Read related report (in Persian) by Etemad daily The …

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Iranian Actress Baran Kowsari appointed new ambassador of Yari Foundation

PayvandNews – Actress Baran Kowsari has been appointed the ambassador of the Yari Foundation, an Uppsala-based charity organization founded by Iranian expatriates living in Sweden, the organization has announced. Iranian Actress Baran Kowsari (undated photo). Yari supports street children in Iran, enabling them to attend school, and also raises funds for construction of schools and libraries for children in the country. Yari …

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Mashhad in the spotlight: inequality plagues Iran’s holy city

Guardian – The wave of anti-government protests in Iran at the end of December began in one of the country’s conservative strongholds: its second city, Mashhad. Site of the huge Imam Reza shrine that draws more than 20 million Shia pilgrims a year, the city’s population has ballooned to around 3 million in recent years. After a proposed modernisation of …

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Is Iran setting up new military forces in West Bank?

Al-Monitor – The Israeli Shin Bet announced Jan. 3 the dismantling and arrest of an espionage cell working for Iran in the West Bank city of Hebron. The cell’s leader, Muhammed Maharma from Hebron, was paid $8,000 by Iran to recruit suicide bombers and gunmen to carry out attacks against Israelis, according to the Shin Bet. Consequently, Israeli Prime Minister …

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