Wednesday , 20 January 2021

Monthly Archives: January 2021


Amnesty – On the third anniversary of the nationwide protests of December 2017 and January 2018, Amnesty International renews its calls for justice for the dozens of protesters, including children, who were killed by Iran’s security forces across the country, and their bereaved families. The organization also stands in solidarity with those seeking truth and accountability for the thousands of …

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USCIRF Applauds State Department Designation of Uyghur Muslims’ Treatment in China as Genocide

Shabtabnews – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) applauds the U.S. Department of State for designating China’s treatment of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region as genocide and crimes against humanity. USCIRF released the following statement: USCIRF applauds the @StateDept for designating #China’s treatment of #Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in the #Xinjiang …

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Holiday Travelers and Religious Ceremonies Spreading the Virus — Again

Iranwire – Iranian health officials have continued to warn against travel during the holidays, but religious ceremonies to mark Fatimiyya, the days when Muslims and especially Shias mourn the martyrdom of Fatimiyya al-Zahra, the youngest daughter of Prophet Mohammad, have continued despite the ban on gatherings. Alireza Raeesi, spokesman for the National Coronavirus Taskforce, said that travel is a very important factor in …

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Biden’s Top Diplomat Pick Says U.S. Seeks ‘Stronger’ Iran Nuclear Deal, Condemns Russia Over Navalny Arrest

Radiofarda — President-elect Joe Biden’s secretary of state nominee said the incoming administration would seek a “longer and stronger” nuclear agreement with Iran as he laid out a foreign-policy vision for the next four years.However, Antony Blinken also said Washington is a “long way” from reaching a new accord with Tehran, echoing comments made earlier in the day by Biden’s …

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U.S. Arrests Iranian Political Scientist Accused Of Being Government Agent

Radiofarda – The U.S. Justice Department has filed charges against an Iranian political scientist accused of being an agent for Iran’s government. The Justice Department said on January 19 that Kaveh Afrasiabi, an Iranian citizen with U.S. permanent residency, was arrested at his home in Watertown, Massachusetts the previous day on charges of “acting and conspiring to act as an …

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Baluch Prisoner Anwar Ali-Zehi Executed in Zahedan

Iran Human Rights (IHR) – A prisoner who had been sentenced to death on “drug-related” charges, has been executed at Zahedan Central Prison. According to Iran Human Rights, a male prisoner was executed in the early hours of Tuesday, January 19, in Zahedan Central Prison. The idenitity of the prisoner has been established as Anwar Ali-Zehi, who was sentenced to death …

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“Suffering” Iranian Retirees Joining Nationwide Protests Against Chronic State Failures

CHRI – On January 10, 2021, Iranian retirees gathered in front of government buildings in at least 19 cities including–Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan, and Yazd–to protest the government’s lack of response to their demands. The protesters, who receive retirement checks from the State Welfare Organization’s (SWO) pension fund, chanted slogans against state policies and officials at well-organized rallies. According to official statistics published by the …

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Blinken: ‘Vitally important’ to engage with Israel, Gulf on Iran nuclear deal

Al-Monitor – President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, pledged to consult with Israel, Gulf allies and Congress when seeking “a longer and stronger” agreement to rein in Iran’s nuclear ambitions. During his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday, Blinken said the incoming administration would “engage on the takeoff, not just the landing” with allies and partners before taking …

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Iran kicks off military drill on coast of Gulf of Oman

Al-Arabia – Iran’s military kicked off a ground forces drill on Tuesday along the coast of the Gulf of Oman, state TV reported, the latest in a series of snap exercises that the country is holding amid escalating tensions over its nuclear program and Washington’s pressure campaign against Tehran. Read more: Airstrikes pound Iran-backed militias south of Iraq’s Baghdad: Reports …

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