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Monthly Archives: February 2021

Official Study Reveals People’s Lack of Trust in the Government

Iranwire – Amid escalating political tensions in Iran, a poll published by the Islamic Republic News Agency reveals what political factions and government authorities in Iran know too well: the Iranian people do not trust the government or the country’s political system. All sides of the entrenched political battle — whether officials from the administration of Hassan Rouhani or people …

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Tip of the Iceberg: Afghan Authorities Identify 34 Human Trafficking Networks

Iranwire – In a recent announcement, senior Afghan officials declared they have identified 34 human trafficking networks operating in the first nine months of 2020, and arrested 60 people on human trafficking-related charges. The Afghan Justice Minister Fazl Ahmad Manavi said some of the defendants have since been sentenced to several years in prison. Although Afghans have represented the world’s …

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Over 100 Kurd activists summoned and detained in the past month

Iran-HRM – Iran’s intelligence and security forces have summoned and detained at least 100 Kurdish citizens in what appears to be an escalating crackdown Iran’s Kurdish minority. Since January 6, Iranian authorities have targeted scores of Kurdish people including activists, environmentalists, writers, university students, and ordinary individuals with no track record of activism. Nine of the detainees are women. The …

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Macron advocates Saudi, Israeli inclusion in Iran nuclear talks

Al-Monitor – French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday again suggested Saudi Arabia and Israel should be involved in renewed international engagement with Iran over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Speaking during a virtual event hosted by the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank, Macron also offered his services as an “honest broker” to renewed talks, as the US administration of …

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90 percent of Chabahar coral reefs are dying: Iranian official

Payvandnews – A rise in temperature of the water has had a negative effect on the ecosystem so that 90 percent of coral reefs in this region have been bleached and are dying, IRNA quoted Davood Mirshekar, deputy chief of the Department of Environment for marine ecosystems, as saying on Wednesday. Monitoring coral reefs in the Persian Gulf and the …

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364 Iranian Children Gave Birth in the Summer of 2020

Iranwire – Official figures in Iran reveal that 364 babies were born to girls under the age of 15 in the year 2020. In its latest report, the Statistical Center of Iran also recorded 17,823 births to mothers between the ages of 15 and 19 in the same period. The report also published figures for child marriages, stating that the …

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