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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Iran unveils new homemade nuclear-capable ballistic missiles

Iran has unveiled a series of new homemade nuclear-capable ballistic missiles during military parades held this week. The parades come after a confrontation between an Iranian drone and Israeli forces in Syria on Saturday. The arsenal included a nuclear-capable medium-range missile that appears to share similarities with North Korean technology, according to experts cited by the Washington Free Beacon news site. “The nuclear-capable missile …

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Iran: Investigate Suspicious Deaths in Detention, Release Activists

HRW – A third suspicious death in Iranian prisons since early January 2018 underscores the need for an immediate independent inquiry, Human Rights Watch said today. On February 10, the family of a well-known Iranian environmentalist, Dr. Kavous Seyed Emami, who had been in detention for two weeks on bogus charges, reported that he had died under unknown circumstances. Seyed …

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Four Decades of Special Court for the Clerics; A Special Report

HRANA News Agency – Four decades after the establishment of the Special Court for the Clerics, the structure, activities and procedures of the court are still unclear. This report briefly examines the Special Court for the Clerics in its 4 decades of establishment, and with explaining the process of these courts, this report will attend to various issues such as …

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Iran Executions: Another Juvenile Offender on Death Row

Iran Human Rights –  Pouria Tabaei, who is sentenced to death on the charge of murdering his step-father, is scheduled to be executed at Rajai Shahr Prison. According to a close source, Pouria Tabaei who was only 16 at the time of committing the crime, is currently on the death row at Rajai Shahr Prison. He was born on July …

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Iran: Authorities refuse to release Canadian-Iranian academic’s body for independent autopsy in “callous cover-up”

Amnesty – In response to reports that the Iranian authorities have said they will refuse to release the body of the Canadian-Iranian academic Kavous Seyed-Emami to his family unless there is an immediate burial and no attempt to conduct an independent autopsy, Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty international’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and Africa said: “The authorities’ refusal to allow …

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Iran, Azerbaijan warm up ties after years of frost

Al-Monitor – The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 was followed by the independence of several states in the Caucasus, including the Republic of Azerbaijan. While the newfound Azerbaijani state has not enjoyed warm ties with Iran, this trend appears to be changing as the two countries move closer to one another. The absence of close ties between Tehran …

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Rouhani suggests direct public vote to end political gridlock

Al-Monitor – During a speech marking the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for a direct vote to end moments of political gridlock within the country, a controversial move that is certain to anger the country’s hard-liners. Citing a mostly unknown constitutional article, Rouhani said, “If we have differences, we must refer to Article 59 …

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