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Monthly Archives: June 2020

Top Russian Officials To Visit Turkey To Discuss Libya Conflict

RFL/RE – Russia’s foreign and defense ministers will visit Turkey on June 14 for discussions that are expected to focus on the conflict in Libya. Turkey backs the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in the capital, Tripoli, while Russia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates support the forces of eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and …

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Iran Continues Harassing Minorities Says US Religious Freedom Report

Radiofarda – In its annual report on religious freedoms, the United States has once again accused Iran of widespread violations of the rights of religious minorities, including Baha’i and Sunni citizens. The report has focused on the Islamic Republic’s Constitution which is based on Sharia and paves the way for the heavy punishment of those who have abandoned their Islamic faith …

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Another Female Chess Grand Master Forsakes Iranian Nationality To Join Swiss Team

Radiofarda – Grand Chess Master and member of Iran’s national chess team Ghazal Hakimi has forsaken her Iranian nationality and will compete under the Swiss flag in international chess tournaments. The twenty-six-year-old chess champion who is currently a student in Zurich, Switzerland, achieved the rank of Grand Master (WGM) in 2016. Her sister Raana Hakimifard also was granted the FIDE …

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Cargo Ships Waiting To Get Paid By Iran Before Unloading Much Needed Fertilizers

Radiofarda – A member of Iran’s parliament says five ships carrying phosphate and potash fertilizers “urgently needed” by farmers are waiting in the Persian Gulf to receive payment in hard currency before delivering their cargo. The official website of parliament cited a lawmaker, Javad Askari, as saying on Friday, June 12, “the farmers will not be able to increase their …

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Iran Prosecutor Wanted For Corruption And Rights Violations Arrested By Interpol

Radiofarda – Iran’s Judiciary Spokesman on Saturday confirmed that the Interpol has detained Gholamreza Mansouri in Romania. He is accused of human rights violations by rights defenders, but he is also one of the defendants in a recent sensational corruption case in Iran who fled to Europe. Judiciary spokesman Gholam-Hossein Esmaili said Mansouri’s extradition is not possible now due to …

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Khomeini’s Grandson Possible Presidential Candidate?

Radiofarda – Iranian media have recently been speculating about the possible nomination of Seyed Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of the founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Khomeini, in Iran’s presidential election next spring. “Reformists can consider Seyed Hassan Khomeini if they decide to run by the merit of their own identity rather than in coalition with any Principlist group,” reformist …

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German Foreign Minister Calls IRGC Commander’s Anti-Israeli Remarks ‘Unacceptable’

Radiofarda – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has criticized IRGC Commander Hossein Salami for his “anti-Jewish comments” in his Thursday June 11 message to Islamic Jihad leader Ziyad al-Nakhaleh. The Jerusalem post quoted Heiko Maas as having said that such remarks are “unacceptable,” and spread anti-Semitism across the region. Salami has said in his condolence message on the occasion of …

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Iran Lashes Five Peaceful Activists and Political Prisoners in 10 Dyas

Iran-HRM – The Iranian regime flogged five political prisoners and peaceful activists June.All of those flogged are people who have been arrested for peaceful activities or exercising their rights to freedom of speech.On Monday, June 8, the flogging sentence for Mohamamd Bagher Souri, detained during the nationwide November 2019 protests was carried out in the Greater Tehran Penitentiary.Souri was sentenced …

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Jailed Iranian Journalist Faces New ‘Absurd’ Charge

RFL/RE – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the latest “absurd charge” brought against jailed Iranian journalist and human rights advocate Narges Mohammadi, who has been imprisoned since 2015. The Paris-based media-freedom watchdog on June 12 urged the UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Javaid Rehman, to “intervene quickly and do everything possible to obtain the …

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