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Monthly Archives: April 2019

US Report highlights plight of religious minorities in Iran

IOPHR – On 29th April 2019, US annual report on international religious freedom highlighted the oppression suffered by religious minorities in Iran and China. US panel on global religious freedom Meeting on US report on international religious freedom In the meeting after the publishing of the report, Hamid Gharagozloo, the US representative of IOPHR (International organisation to preserve human rights), …

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Iran Intelligence Ministry Clamps Down On Gold Smugglers

Radiofarda – Iran’s Intelligence Ministry says it has arrested 9 ring-leaders of a gold smuggling gang in the country’s Western-Azarbaijan Province. Quoting Intelligence Ministry officials, Fars news agency reported on Tuesday April 30 that the gang has smuggled 617 billion tumans [roughly $146 million at the official government rate] worth of gold and silver into Iran. The price of gold …

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Defense Lawyer To Call For Iran-U.S Dual Nationals Release

Radiofarda – The defense lawyer of two Iranian-American dual nationals sentenced to jail in Iran for “collaboration with a belligerent state,” says he is going to demand their “conditional release”. The announcement by the lawyer comes less than a week after Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif put forward the idea of a prisoners swap between Iran and the United …

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As U.S. Sanctions Bite, Iran Fulfills Only 63% Of Non-Oil Export Target

Radiofarda – Iran could fulfill only 63% of its non-oil export target during its last fiscal year, Trade Promoting Organisation of Iran (TPO) announced. Iran’s fiscal year (FY) ended March 20, 2019. Iran had planned to export $54.9 billion non-oil products, but it managed only $39.375bn, about 1.35% less than the previous FY. Therefore, it can be argued that overall, …

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Closing Strait Of Hormuz Is Fraught With Dangers For Iran

Radiofarda – A war of words has erupted again between the United States and Iran over the Strait of Hormuz. But it would be in no country’s interest to see trade disrupted in this vital international waterway. Furthermore, unilateral military action on Iran’s part would be a grave mistake. On Monday, April 22 the United States announced it would end …

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Iran Officially Launches Trade Mechanism To Match Europe’s INSTEX

Radiofarda – Iran on April 29 announced the establishment of a company designed to match a mechanism European countries have set up to facilitate trade despite U.S. sanctions. Earlier on March 20, the Governor of Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Abdolnaser Hemmati had announced that a mechanism similar to Europe’s Instrument for Trade and Exchanges (INSTEX) has been registered. The mechanism, …

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Iranian Workers Bear Brunt Of All Pressure Amid Economic Crisis

Iran-HRM – May Day is the day to defend justice, equality and human rights for workers on whose toil and efforts, the society’s welfare and happiness depend. In Iran, however, the grim working conditions of workers do not comply with any international norms or standards, let alone the more advanced ILO conventions and protocols. Workers’ rights are systematically violated. With the …

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Rohani: Iran Will Continue Oil Exports, Despite U.S. Sanctions

RFL/RE – Iran will continue to export oil despite increasing pressure by Washington, Iranian President Hassan Rohani said in a speech broadcast live by state TV on April 30.“In future months, the Americans themselves will see that we will continue our oil exports,” Rohani said.“America’s decision that Iran’s oil exports must reach zero is a wrong and mistaken decision, and …

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US Report: Iran Escalates Targeting of Non-Shiite Muslims, Other Religious Minorities

VOA – A U.S. government body that monitors global religious freedom says conditions in Iran worsened last year, with escalated government targeting of non-Shi’ite Muslims and minority Baha’is and Christians. In its annual report published Monday, the bi-partisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said Iran merits designation as one of 16 countries of particular concern based on conditions in 2018. …

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Pompeo: US-China Trade Talks Will Not Be Impacted by End of Iran Oil Waivers

VOA – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Washington’s decision to end Iran oil waivers to China will not have a negative impact on the latest trade talks between the world’s two leading economies. “We have had lots of talks with China about this issue. I’m confident that the trade talks will continue and run their natural course,” Pompeo …

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