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Monthly Archives: February 2021

Authoritarian Countries Increasingly Target Critics Abroad, Monitor Says

VOA – China, Russia, Turkey and Iran are some of the world’s authoritarian countries that have increasingly spread political repression abroad with little consequence, according to a report released Thursday. Freedom House, a Washington-based democracy advocacy group, identified authoritarian nations that have resorted to tactics in recent years to murder and intimidate critics living outside their borders.   Titled “Out of Sight, …

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Iran: Eight Baluchi and Ahwazi Arab prisoners at risk amid alarming rise in executions

Amnesty – Iranian authorities must immediately halt any plans to execute four Baluchi and four Ahwazi Arab men amid an alarming rise in executions of ethnic minority prisoners in the past two months, Amnesty International said today. The international community, including UN human rights bodies and the EU must urgently intervene to save their lives. “The recent escalation in executions …

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Russian Sputnik V first vaccine to arrive in Iran

Al-Monitor – Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine is the first vaccine to arrive in Iran, as the country warns that a fourth wave of coronavirus is imminent. Head of the Iranian Health Ministry’s public relations office Kianoush Jahanpour had announced the imminent arrival of the vaccines to Iranian media ahead of time. Iranian media outlets were on the scene at Imam Khomeini …

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Untangling the Spiders’ web of Fascism – the Chain Murders of Iran (part 3)

During 1988-1998 there were a series of murders and disappearances in Iran involving certain Iranian intellectuals and dissidents, a majority of whom were critical of the new Islamic Republic. More than 80 individuals fell victim to these horrible crimes carried out by the Iranian government, these 80 individuals were writers, political activists, poets and ordinary citizens. The murders were committed …

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Iranian Diplomat Sentenced To 20 Years For Role In Foiled Bomb Attack

RFL/RE – A diplomat has been sentenced to 20 years in prison by a court in Belgium over a foiled bombing in the first trial of an Iranian official for suspected terrorism in the European Union since Iran’s 1979 revolution.Vienna-based diplomat Assadolah Assadi was found guilty on February 4 of attempted terrorism after a plot to bomb a rally of …

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Iran Defends Hosting Taliban Delegation Despite Decades-Old Attacks In Afghanistan

RFL/RE – Iran is defending its hosting of a senior Taliban delegation for an entire week in a move that analysts say is aimed at highlighting its influence and cultivating ties with the potential future government of Afghanistan. The delegation, led by Taliban political leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, held talks with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the secretary …

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US Seeks Seizure of Iranian Oil Aboard Tanker

VOA – The United States has filed a case seeking to seize Iranian oil aboard a tanker with suspected links to a terror group.   The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday, alleges Iran attempted to hide the origin of the oil by using several vessels before it was transferred aboard the Liberian-flagged Achilleas tanker headed to …

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Iranian Dissidents Urge Biden to Press Tehran on Human Rights, Democracy

VOA – A group of Iranian dissidents has urged U.S. President Joe Biden to support their demands for secular democracy and respect for human rights in Iran, issues on which Biden’s administration has been silent early in its term as it focuses on curbing the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.  In an open letter to Biden dated February 1, written in English and shared with VOA Persian, …

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Iran Human Rights Monitor, Monthly Report – January 2021

Iran-HRM – While the death toll of Iran’s coronavirus outbreak is nearing 210,000, the regime continued to dither on purchasing Covid-19 vaccines and is poised on inflicting even more pain and damage on the country’s population. On January 8, 2021, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, said in a speech that “import of (Covid-19) vaccines made in the US and …

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Iranian political prisoner denied urgent treatment for severe burns

Iran-HRM – Political prisoner Gholam Hossein Kalbi has been denied urgent medical treatment after he suffered severe burns to his neck and back from scalding hot water. He has suffered severe burns to his neck and back in a bath of scalding water. But prison officials only gave him a burn ointment and refused to transfer him to hospital. The …

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