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Monthly Archives: August 2021

Six Iranian Prison Guards To Stand Trial After Leak Of ‘Shocking’ Abuse Videos

RFL/RE – The Iranian judiciary says six wardens at Tehran’s notorious Evin prison will stand trial “soon” in connection with leaked videos showing prison guards mistreating inmates that human rights activists said offered a rare glimpse of the cruelty regularly meted out to prisoners in the country.Four of the guards are soldiers and will be tried in a military court, …

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Iran’s Child Marriage Victims Have No Voice

Iranwire – On August 29, the secretary of Iran’s National Authority on the Convention on the Rights of the Child confirmed something that many had assumed for years: the real the number of child marriages in Iran is higher than the official figures. In an interview with the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA), Mahmoud Abbasi, Deputy Justice Minister for Human Rights, conceded: “International organizations …

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Teenage Girls’ Families Threatened After Five-Hour Interrogation by Revolutionary Guards

Iranwire – Two teenage girls were interrogated for five hours each by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ intelligence service while a third tried to kill herself after being detained, the human rights organization Hengaw reports. Sonia Karimi and Paria Fathi, both 14 and from Javanroud in Kermanshah province, are understood to have been arrested last week and were interrogated from …

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Lake Urmia’s Volume 40 Percent Down on Last Year

Iranwire – The water volume of Iran’s under-threat Lake Urmia has shrunk by 40 percent year on year, a senior local official told IRNA news agency. Hojat Jabbari, technical deputy director of the Department of Environment for West Azerbaijan province, told reporters that the water level across Lake Urmia had also dropped by 100 centimeters compared to this time last …

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Iranian Currency Market Ignores Raisi’s Claim of a Coming Reprieve

Iranwire – On August 25, on a day in Iran when the price of the US dollar broke the dreaded 28,000-toman ceiling, both President Ebrahim Raisi and his new First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber described an “opening” – by which they meant a positive development – in the currency situation. “There has been a serious opening in currency prices and you will …

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After Leaked Videos, Iran Opens Cases Against Prison Guards

VOA – Iranian prosecutors opened criminal cases against six guards at the country’s notorious Evin prison, the judiciary reported on Tuesday, after footage showing the widespread abuse of detainees at the facility leaked out last week. The judiciary’s three-day investigation into mistreatment and grim conditions at Tehran’s Evin prison had landed “some” prison guards in detention, said judiciary spokesman Zabihollah …

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Jailed protester who reported dire prison condition summoned to court

Iran-HRM – Jailed protester Hossein Hashemi was summoned to Tehran’s Fashafuyeh Public Court for “publishing lies” following the publication of a letter he wrote about dire conditions in the Greater Tehran Penitentiary. He was detained for taking part in Iran’s November 2019 protests. Hashemi has been ordered to present himself to court within seven days. The new case has been …

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Iran strikes gold at Paralympics

Al-Monitor – Iran is winning medals at the Paralympics. Amir Khosravani won gold on Monday in the men’s long jump at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Khosravani jumped 7.21 meters (23.66 feet) in the event, which consists of athletes running and then jumping forward into a sandpit, according to the semi-official Tasnim News Agency. The Paralympics occur alongside the Olympic Games and are for …

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Iran Appoints New Atomic Energy Chief With No Nuclear Expertise

RFL/RE – Iran’s newly elected President Ebrahim Raisi has appointed a new head of the country’s atomic agency, replacing the nation’s most prominent nuclear scientist with someone with no expertise in the field. State media reported on August 29 that Mohammad Eslami, who previously served as housing and transport minister, will lead the civilian Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.He replaces …

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