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Monthly Archives: March 2020

Award-Winning Iran Filmmaker Summoned To Prison For Films

AP – An Iranian filmmaker who just won the Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear has been summoned to serve a one-year prison sentence over his movies, his lawyer said Wednesday. Mohammad Rasoulof’s sentence came from three films he made that authorities found to be “propaganda against the system,” his lawyer Nasser Zarafshan told The Associated Press. Rasoulof’s sentence also included …

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Khamenei Circumvents Parliament To Get Controversial Budget Bill Approved

Radiofarda – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued a decree, circumventing parliament by allowing members of the budget committee of the Parliament (Majles) to decide on Iran’s budget bill for the next year. Based on Khamenei’s decree, the 45 members of the budget committee will decide on the budget bill rather than the 290 members of the Parliament. …

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Massive Swarms of Desert Locusts Invade Iran’s Southern Provinces

Radiofarda – Massive swarms of desert locusts (Schistocerca gregaria) have been arriving in Iran’s southern regions since late February. Government officials say the invasion is too huge to counter except with the use of pesticides. Reza Mir, Spokesman of Plant Protection Organization, on Tuesday said the locusts have invaded the provinces of Hormozgan, Sistan and Baluchestan, Bushehr, Fars and Khuzestan. …

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How Did South American Media Cover Qassem Soleimani’s Death?

Radiofarda – The targeted killing of Iran’s Qassem Soleimani by an American drone on January 3 raised reactions all over the world and South America is not an exception. Media across the continent expressed diverse opinions reflecting the political situation in each country and relations with Iran. The attack also opened a debate on the presence of Hezbollah in South …

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Coronavirus has affected almost all Iranian provinces: Rouhani

Al-Arabia – An outbreak of novel coronavirus has affected almost all of Iran’s provinces, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, according to the official presidency website.“This disease is a widespread disease,” he said. “It has reached almost all our provinces and in one sense it’s a global disease.” Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had said on Tuesday that the …

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Coronavirus outbreak in Iranian prisons

HRANA – On February 29, 2020, Ebrahim Raisi, the Chief Justice of Iran, issued an executive order of policies to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in prisons.  This order mandates giving 15 -30 days furlough to prisoners with sentences less than five years. Another part of this order is about reducing entries into prisons, temporary releases, and public activities in …

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Iran Human Rights Monitor Monthly Report – February 2020

Iran-HRM – Iran Human Rights Monitor Monthly Report – February 2020 Introduction February was marked by the outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Iran, progressively spreading throughout the country. Since the outset, the Iranian regime disseminated false information in a bid to cover up the scope of the outbreak. It did not take preemptive measures or distribute adequate medical supplies …

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Victims of Coronavirus held in proximity of dangerous criminals in Greater Tehran Penitentiary

Iran-HRM – Political prisoner Amir Hossein Moradi who is one of the victims of Coronavirus has been transferred to Suite 11 of Ward 1 of the Greater Tehran Penitentiary. Amir Hossein Moradi was arrested during the protests in November 2019 and was sentenced to death. Saeed Tamjidi, Mohammad Rajabi, Milad Arsanjani, Jamil Ghahremani and 15 other protesters arrested in November 2019, have …

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Freedom House Assails Russia, Iran For Protest Crackdowns, But Also Raps U.S.

RFL/RE — Freedom House has assailed crackdowns on protesters in “authoritarian states,” such as Russia and Iran, but also criticized traditional defenders of democracy — including the United States — for turning their backs on traditional safeguard roles to pursue “populist agendas.”In its annual report released on March 4, the Washington-based human rights watchdog also said that twice as many countries …

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