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Monthly Archives: April 2022

Second Cleric Dies Of Injuries After ‘Terrorist’ Attack At Iranian Shrine

RFL/RE – A stabbing attack at a revered shrine in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad has claimed the life of a second Shi’ite cleric, state television reports. The death of Mohammad Sadegh Daraei was reported as thousands of mourners attended the funeral of another cleric, Hojatoleslam Mohammad Aslani, killed in the same attack. Daraei was seriously wounded in the …

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US: 2 posed as agents, gave gifts to Secret Service officers

(AP) — Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged two men they say were posing as federal agents, giving free apartments and other gifts to U.S. Secret Service agents, including one who worked on the first lady’s security detail.UPDATE – US: 2 posed as agents, gave gifts to Secret Service officers The two men — Arian Taherzadeh, 40, and Haider Ali, 36 — …

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Family Spokesman: British-Iranian Mehran Raoof’s Detention is an Outrage

Iranwire – The official spokesman for British-Iranian dual national Mehran Raoof has slammed the British government for inaction on the detained activist’s case. Sattar Rahmani said on Thursday it was “wonderful and extremely important” that Anoosheh Ashoori and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe were freed last month in exchange for £400m owed by Britain to Iran. But, he said, it was “a travesty …

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Sharif University honor students unlawfully kept in “temporary detention”

Iran-HRM – More than two years after agents of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry arrested and tortured university students Ali Younesi and Amirhossein Moradi, their lawyer says that the continued “temporary detention” is “against the law” considering the charges brought against them. Referring to the arrest of the two students on April 10, 2020, their lawyer Mostafa Nili said in an interview …

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Joint Statement: Iran Should Stop Persecuting Families Seeking Justice for State Atrocities

CHRI — The 15 undersigned organizations, including the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), today issued a joint statement calling on the international community to urge the Iranian authorities to immediately cease their reprisals against the Iran Atrocities (Aban) Tribunal’s witnesses and their families, and to quash all convictions and sentences connected to their or their relatives’ involvement in the tribunal. The …

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Debate on Iranian women’s access to soccer games flares up again

Al-Monitor – The incidents of March 29 in the northeastern city of Mashhad  rekindled a dormant debate on the right of Iranian women to attend soccer matches as spectators.  Iran’s national football team, which previously qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, was slated to play Lebanon in its final World Cup qualifier showdown last Tuesday. Nearly 2,000 women purchased tickets to …

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Iran lifts COVID-related travel bans

Al-Monitor – The Iranian government Wednesday removed coronavirus-related restrictions on citizens entering the country.  The Civil Aviation Authority made the decision following a meeting with the Islamic Republic’s COVID-19 task force. There are no more travel bans from any country related to the virus. Travelers can enter Iran provided they have received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine …

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Women Round on Iran’s Cinema House for Inaction Over Sexual Violence

Iranwire – On Thursday, March 31, some 300 of women working in Iranian cinema published a joint letter of protest against behind-the-scenes violence and sexual harassment by members of the decades-old House of Cinema, also known as the Alliance of Iranian Motion Picture Guilds. Laying out a set of prescriptions needed for the institution to change, they wrote: “We consider it our right …

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