Thursday , 2 December 2021

Monthly Archives: October 2021

Biden Set For G20 Summit, Meetings With Allies On Iran Nuclear Program

RFL/RE – U.S. President Joe Biden has arrived in Europe on October 29 with a full itinerary, including the summit of the Group of 20 (G20) industrialized nations in Rome, talks with allies on the Iran nuclear program, and a planned session with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Biden is also due to attend the COP26 world climate conference in …

Read More »

Iranian Parliament May Decide Soon On Allowing Women Into Soccer Stadiums

RFL/RE – The Iranian Parliament is set to decide soon on whether women should be allowed into soccer stadiums, a move pushed hard in recent years by FIFA, the world governing body for the sport. Women have been banned from attending soccer matches in stadiums for four decades in the conservative Muslim nation. “The Football Federation of Iran [FFI] has …

Read More »

Why do Some Prisoners Put on Weight Behind Bars?

Iranwire – This week, a photo was circulated showing Amir Hossein Moradi on temporary release from prison, embracing his mother in hospital. The image engendered all kinds of reactions – relief, well-wishes, anger at his plight – and amongst them, more than a few people noticed the young man’s significant weight gain. Comparing photos of Moradi before and after his …

Read More »

Medical Student’s Death Sparks Fresh Fears Over Working Conditions

Iranwire – A young doctor-in-training has died of coronavirus in Tehran, reigniting concerns about the standard of living for medical students and the harsh conditions under which they work. Monireh Foroughi, a second-year student in obstetrics and gynecology at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, had been working as resident at Taleghani Hospital since the beginning of October. The university announced her …

Read More »

Eyelashes and Rolled-Up Sleeves: What Else is Banned on Iranian TV?

Iranwire – The latest round of censorship imposed by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) last month aimed to protect the Iranian public from the distressing sight of women eating pizza or having tea poured for them by men. It came as part of a series of insane directives in the past few years that blocked the broadcasting of cucumbers, women’s ears, wolves’ nipples and buffalo …

Read More »

The Journalist Jailed for 13 Years for Furious Letters to Khamenei

Iranwire – Earlier this week, we wrote about Ali Akbar Saeedi Sinjani: a writer who was jailed and finally murdered in custody for his critical open letters to  Ali Khamenei. He wasn’t the only one punished for trying to contact the Supreme Leader. Since the 1990s Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, one of Iran’s best-known journalists and a staunch defender of free expression since his student …

Read More »

Political prisoner Mehdi Darini self-immolated in Evin Prison to obtain his conditional release

Iran-HRM – Political prisoners Mehdi Darini set himself on fire on Wednesday, October 28, 2021, in Hall 9, ward 8 of Evin Prison in Tehran. Mr. Darini has served more than one-third of his 5-year prison sentence. His charges include “assembly and collusion against national security,” and “propaganda against the state.” Tehran’s Revolutionary Court initially sentenced Mehdi Darini to 11 years in prison of …

Read More »

Iran Hosts Conference With Afghanistan’s Neighbors

RFL/RE – Representatives of the countries bordering Afghanistan have met in Tehran to discuss how to coordinate actions in response to the change in government in the war-torn country.The foreign ministers of the six nations bordering Afghanistan and Russia all participated in the conference on October 27.Speaking via videolink, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi proposed the use of multilateral organizations …

Read More »

Jailed Christian Converts: The Regime is Destroying Our Churches

Iranwire – Three jailed Iranian converts to Christianity, Behnam Akhlaghi, Babak Hosseinzadeh and Saheb Fadaei, have denounced “gross violations” of their human rights in an open letter from Evin Prison. The letter, the full text of which was published by HRANA news agency, protests against the deprivation of Persian-speaking Christians’ right to worship as they see fit. Apart from international conventions, the …

Read More »