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Monthly Archives: June 2020

USCIRF Warns that Forced Sterilization of Uyghur Muslims is Evidence of Genocide

Shabtabnews – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) warned that the Chinese government’s repressive population control measures against Uyghur and other Muslims—including forced sterilization—might meet the legal criteria for genocide under international law: “It’s evident from the Chinese government’s own data that the Communist Party’s policies are clearly designed to prevent population growth for the Uyghur, Kazakh, and …

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Insurgent Group Claims Killing Guards Commander In Iran, Officials Deny

Radiofarda – The governor of Sistan and Baluchestan Province of Iran on Tuesday denied any fatalities in an attack on three Revolutionary Guard vehicles in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan by the Baloch Justice Army (Jaish al-Adl) in the early hours of Tuesday. The road-side bomb attack took place near a village called Galougah on the way to …

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Iranian Journalist Sentenced To Death For Role In Protests

Radiofarda – An Iranian journalist whose online work helped inspire nationwide economic protests in 2017 has been sentenced to death for his actions. Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili announced Ruhollah Zam’s sentence on June 30. Zam’s website, AmadNews, and a channel he created on the popular messaging app Telegram had informed people on the timing of the protests and published embarrassing …

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The UN ‘Snapback’ Option On Iran Is Full Of Pitfalls

Radiofarda – The Trump administration is intent on killing the 2015 nuclear deal and ensuring that a future U.S. administration cannot resurrect it, irrespective of the consequences. The next step toward that goal appears to be extending UN restrictions on Iranian arms transfers by abusing the snapback mechanism outlined in Resolution 2231 to reimpose sanctions lifted or modified by the …

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Watering Down Iran Arms Embargo Sets A Troubling Precedent

Radiofarda – On October 18, 2020, the international arms embargo on Iran under U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 will expire. This concession by the P5+1 was part of the broader negotiations that led to the inking of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The JCPOA was sold as a nuclear agreement—temporary restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for nuclear-related sanctions …

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Pompeo To Address UN Security Council On Iran Arms Embargo

RFL/RE – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will address the United Nations Security Council on June 30 to argue in favor of an extension of a UN arms embargo on Iran that is due to expire in October. Pompeo will make remarks during a public briefing of the council at 11 a.m. (1500 GMT/UTC), the U.S. State Department said …

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Iran Says No Indication Cyberattack Led To Downing Of Ukrainian Airliner

RFL/RE – An Iranian military prosecutor says there is no indication that the downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet in Iran in January was due to a cyberattack on the country’s defense system.Speaking on June 29 to some of the families of the victims, Gholam Abbas Torki, the military prosecutor for Tehran Province, reiterated that human error was the cause …

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U.S., Saudis Say Lifting UN Arms Embargo On Iran Will Make Tehran More Aggressive

RFL/RE – U.S. and Saudi officials say an expiring United Nations arms embargo on Iran must remain in place to prevent Tehran from acquiring and proliferating weapons across the Middle East.Speaking at a press conference in Riyadh on June 29 with the Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, the U.S. special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, said …

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Iran: Mohammad Aziz Mahmoudi at imminent risk of execution in Sanandaj

Iran Human Rights (IHR) – Mohammad Aziz Mahmoudi, on death row for “premeditated murder”, is scheduled to be executed in Sanandaj Central Prison on Tuesday, June 30. According to IHR, the young man on death row is scheduled to be executed in Sanandaj Central Prison on Tuesday morning, June 30, 2020. The identity of the 25-year-old prisoner, who was sentenced …

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