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Monthly Archives: August 2022

One Of Three Iranian Filmmakers Arrested In Crackdown Has Been Released On Bail

RFL/RE – Mostafa al-Ahmad, one of the three prominent filmmakers jailed last month in Iran as part of a broad crackdown, was released on bail on August 10. He had contracted COVID-19 in prison. Ahmad, 52, was arrested in July as Iranian authorities cracked down on dissent in response to growing antiestablishment sentiment and near-daily protests across the Islamic republic. Fellow filmmakers …

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Lorestan Journalist Hit With Jail Time for Criticizing Local Relief Committee

Iranwire – The managing editor of Baloutestan, a socio-cultural digest focused on the Zagros Mountains area, has been sentenced to six months in prison and an eight-million-toman (US$252) cash fine for publishing so-called “fake news”. Mohammad Basati had criticized the performance of the state-backed Relief Committee in the city of Koohdasht, Lorestan province. These local bodies are expected to support the poor and …

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Amber Warning in Tehran as New Floods Batter Mountain City

Iranwire – Fresh floods have engulfed the county of Firuzkuh in Tehran province on Wednesday shortly after weeks-long deluges left a trail of destruction across Iran. Governor Mohammad Heydari Manesh told reporters that relief teams had already been onsite in the village of Mazdaran when they were alerted to rising water levels in Firuzkuh city, a heritage site in the …

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Belgium’s Prisoner Swap Treaty with Iran: “A Deal with the Devil”

gatestoneinstitute.org – A Belgian court has temporarily prohibited the Belgian government from exchanging an Iranian diplomat convicted of terrorism for a Belgian citizen being held in Iran on dubious charges of espionage. The court’s ruling represents a potential blow to a controversial new prisoner exchange treaty, which critics say will embolden the Iranian government to step up its practice of …

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Security forces indiscriminately shoot, kill children in Iran

Iran-HRM – In all the years of its rule, the Iranian regime has been violating the rights of citizens with cruel and oppressive methods. Children have always been victims of systematic violations of human rights in Iran. Under the clerical regime in Iran, children’s rights are violated through executions, child labor, deprivation of education, and child marriage. The regime routinely …

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Why Is Iran Executing So Many Prisoners?

RFL/RE – With a long list of crimes punishable by death, Iran put at least 314 prisoners to death last year, second only to China, which recorded more than 1,000 executions. The Iran Human Rights organization actually puts the figure at 333. That’s up from 267 executions in Iran in 2020. The alarming number of executions – almost all believed to be …

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Iran’s Morality Police Warn Clothesmakers To Avoid ‘Loud’ Colors Or Face Closure

RFL/RE – Iranian authorities have warned manufacturers and sellers of women’s clothing that they will shut down their businesses if they keep using “loud” colors in their products. In a statement to the Roydad24 website, Majid Emami, who heads Iran’s fashion and clothing organization, quoted the Ministry of Industry and Trade as saying that women’s clothing manufacturers could lose the right …

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Iranian Activists Demand Immediate Release Of Hijab Protester

RFL/RE – Hundreds of civil activists in the western Lorestan Province have issued a statement calling on the Iranian authorities to release a woman who was arrested for protesting the mandatory head scarf and was apparently beaten to force a televised confession from her. The signatories of this letter described Sepideh Rashno’s “forced confessions” on state television as a “ridiculous display” and …

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