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Monthly Archives: July 2020

Iran Reverses Decision to Give Public Lands To Religious Endowment Following Uproar

Radiofarda – Public uproar over news that vast lands around Damavand Mountain, a national symbol was handed over to a religious endowment has forced the state to reverse its decision and return the land to government ownership. Hamshahri newspaper in Tehran reported on Sunday, July 26, that an official title deed had been issued to Iran’s Endowment and Charity Organization …

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Waiting For Khamenei’s Verdict On Row Over Iran Religious Ceremonies Amid Pandemic

Radiofarda – Iran’s Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Tuesday advised those who insist on holding Muharram ceremonies to wait for the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and other sources of emulation to announce their view but insisted any indoor congregation will be “impossible”. The Supreme Leader himself has been in self-isolation since the breakout in February and has not appeared …

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Russia Hands Over Terror Suspect To Azerbaijan, Allegedly Trained In Iran

Radiofarda – At the request of the Republic of Azerbaijan Russia handed over an individual accused of receiving “terrorist” training in Iran, TASS and Azerbaijani media reported July 28. Russian Federation Prosecutor General’s Office announced that Mehdi Shukurov, an Azerbaijani citizen sought by Baku was handed over for criminal prosecution. The accusation against Mr. Shukurov is that in 2016 he …

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Iran Launches Underground Ballistic Missiles During Exercise

RFL/RE – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has launched underground ballistic missiles as part of a drill involving a fake U.S. aircraft carrier during military exercises in the Strait of Hormuz, a day after the IRGC fired a missile from a helicopter targeting the same carrier.Drones separately targeted the bridge of the fake carrier, according to state TV on …

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Iranian Internet Activist Begins 5-Year Jail Term Imposed by US-Sanctioned Judge

VOA – An Iranian internet activist sentenced to prison last year by a U.S.-sanctioned judge known for harsh treatment of dissidents has started serving a five-year jail term recently upheld by an appellate court.   In a Monday phone call with VOA Persian, an Iran-based source familiar with the case said activist Ataollah Rezaei surrendered himself the day before to …

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Appalling conditions at the Great Tehran Penitentiary

Iran-HRM – The Great Tehran Penitentiary also known as Fashafuyeh Prison was built in 2015 primarily for holding suspects and inmates convicted of drug-related offenses. But the judiciary has unlawfully used it in the past years to incarcerate activists and dissidents. With an official capacity of 15,000 inmates, the prison, located in Tehran Province’s Fashafouyeh district, 20 miles southeast of …

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Intensification of Pressure on Human Rights Defenders: Iran Authorities Freeze Nasrin Sotoudeh’s Bank Accounts

Iran Human Rights (IHR) – Iran authorities have frozen the prominent human rights defender’s bank accounts. According to her family, none of the charges against Nasrin Sotoudeh were finance related. Iran Human Rights warns against the increasing pressure on human rights defenders and their families and calls for a response from Iranian civil society and the international community. Mahmood Amiry …

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Iran conducts large-scale drills amid flaring tensions with US

Al-Monitor – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is conducting a series of large-scale military drills in Persian Gulf waters west of the Strait of Hormuz, the strategic passageway to some 20% of the global oil trade. According to the IRGC official website, Sepah News, the exercise is meant to evaluate the “operation preparedness and coordination” among different units, including naval …

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