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Monthly Archives: May 2022

Iran Arrests Swedish Tourist in Suspected Hostage-Taking

Iranwire – Another Swedish citizen has been newly arrested in Iran in the latest sign the Iranian regime may be trying to use hostage diplomacy to pervert the course of justice in the Hamid Nouri trial. The Swedish Foreign Ministry confirmed on Friday that an as-yet unnamed Swedish man in his 30s had been detained the previous week. The man was …

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HRW Urges Iran to Release Teachers Arrested in Crackdown

VOA – Iran has arrested almost 40 teachers nationwide leading up to and since May 1 protests, Human Watch Rights has said, calling for their release. Quoting the reformist Emtedad news website, the watchdog said that as of May 1 Iranian authorities had arrested 38 teachers. At least 17 of them are still detained, including Mohammad Habibi, the Iranian Teachers Trade Association’s …

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Human Rights Defender in Dire Condition

HRW – Imprisoned human rights defender Behnam Mousivand has been hospitalized at Taleghani hospital in Tehran since April 29, the Human Rights Activists News Agency (Hrana) reported. According to Hrana, Mousivand was on a hunger strike from April 19 to May 5 to protest his detention conditions. On the day Mousivand began his hunger strike, Rajai Shahr prison officials reportedly beat …

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Sinjar becomes latest flashpoint for Iran-Turkey tensions in Iraq

Al-monitor – Clashes between Iraqi security forces and a Yazidi militia known as the Shingal Resistance Units (YBS) may represent one of several new fronts in escalating tensions between Iran and Turkey in Iraq.  Turkey expands anti-PKK operations in Iraq and Syria  Turkey has intensified air, drone and artillery attacks against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets beyond the remote, northern …

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US State Department Sizes Up Assad Family’s Known Wealth

Iranwire – At the end of April the US State Department published a report by Congress that revealed the net worth, as American officials understand it, of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and eight of his family members. The report estimated the Assad family net worth to be US$1 to 2 billion. The report remains incomplete because the State Department believes Al-Assad and …

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Activist on Hunger Strike at Death’s Door, Friends in Iran Warn

Iranwie – Behnam Mousivand, a jailed Iranian human rights advocate who went on hunger strike two weeks ago, has now been sent to hospital in a dire physical condition, fellow activists report. Atena Daemi, a children’s rights campaigner and recently-released prisoner of conscience, has been to hospital to visit Mousivand. She tweeted that he was running a fever, unable to speak and …

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Iran: Release Detained Teacher Activists

(HRW) – Iranian authorities have increased their crackdown against teachers organizing for their rights, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should immediately and unconditionally release teachers detained for engaging in peaceful protests and labor organization. Emtedad News Agency reported that as of May 1, 2022, Iranian authorities have arrested at least 38 teachers across the country over the past two weeks. At least …

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