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Monthly Archives: April 2020

Iran’s Conservatives To Fight Over Post Of Parliament Speaker

Radiofarda – Several conservative contestants for the post of the Speaker of Iran’s Parliament (Majles) are trying to prevent Tehran’s former Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf from winning the position, says reformist newspaper Ebtekar in Tehran. Iranian media were gossiping about Qalibaf’s ambition to head the Majles even before the parliamentary elections in February. Among up to 11 contestants named by various media …

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Troops Suffering Brain Injuries In Iran Missile Attack May Receive Purple Hearts

Radiofarda – The U.S. Department of Defense is considering awarding Purple Hearts to U.S. troops who suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI) during the Iranian missile attack of January 8 on bases in Iraq hosting American troops. CNN’s Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr on Tuesday reported that the awards were in the final stages of review. The number of service members considered …

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US Urged To Sanction Those Who Violate Religious Freedom In Iran

Radiofarda – The bipartisan United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has singled out Iran and several other countries for criticism in its annual report released on Tuesday, April 28. Referring to the continuing violations of religious freedom by the clergy-dominated Islamic Republic government, the report calls on the United States to sanction officials responsible for serious violations of religious freedom. …

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US Lawmakers Expanding Effort For Internet Freedom In ‘Oppressive Regimes’

Radiofarda – A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives on Monday introduced the Open Technology Fund Authorization Act to help fight social media and news censorship by “oppressive governments” such as Iran, North Korea, China and Russia and to improve Internet freedom globally. The bipartisan group is sponsoring legislation that would make the non-profit Open Technology Fund (OTF) an …

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Iran Shipping Large Quantity Of Crude Oil To Syria

Radiofarda – Tanker tracking sources say Iran’s oil exports to Syria have increased substantially in recent weeks and currently several cargoes have reached the Baniyas port in Syria. Tanker Trackers reported on Tuesday April 28 that several Iranian vessels are near port in Syria and the Middle East Economic Survey (MEES) reports that these tankers are carrying 6.8 million barrels of oil. …

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Iran: Five Executions in Less Than a Week at Sanandaj Prison

Iran Human Rights (IHR) – With the execution of another man on April 28 in Sanandaj prison, the total number of executions in the prison during six days has reached five. The execution is carried out while the Islamic Republic’s authorities had usually been reluctant to execute people in the Muslims’ fasting month, Ramadan, during the past years. However, several people …

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Iran Executions: Two Men Hanged in Urmia Prison

Iran Human Rights (IHR); April 29, 2020: Two men were hanged for murder charges on April 28 at the central prison of Urmia city, West Azerbaijan province. According to IHR sources, on the morning of Tuesday, April 29, two prisoners were hanged at Urmia prison. The prisoners are identified by the sources as Zarar Peyghami from the city of Oshnavieh …

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Iran: Three Men Executed in Isfahan Prison

Iran Human Rights (IHR); April 29, 2020: Three prisoners were executed at Isfahan central prison on April 22. According to IHR sources, three executions were carried out on Wednesday, April 22, at Isfahan central prison. Death row prisoner Ali Sheikhani had been sentenced to death on the charge of rape. Mojtaba Haeri and Jamal Jafari-Nasab had been sentenced to qisas …

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Novelist Brother of “Iran’s Bob Dylan” Loses Appeal Against Politically Motivated Prison Sentence

CHRI – Iran’s Appeals Court upheld a one-year prison sentence against novelist Hamid Namjoo for the content of his writings and because he published work abroad, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. Namjoo’s prison sentence includes a two-year ban on him travelling outside the country and bans him from joining political groups, according to his brother, Mohsen Namjoo, a prominent Iranian …

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The United Nations Human Rights Council Praises Iran

gatestoneinstitute.org – One of the worst examples we can identify as a conscious distortion of reality is the way in which the UN Human Rights Council, in its February-March 2020 five-year report on the Islamic Republic of Iran, lavished praise on the despotic regime. Other extreme forms of punishment used in Iran are equally appalling: Execution by stoning, Execution by …

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