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Monthly Archives: January 2023

Mansour Dahmardeh, a protester with disabilities sentenced to death

Iran-HRM – Mansour Dahmardeh, 22, a Baluch citizen with physical disabilities from Zahedan was arrested on October 3, 2022. Intelligence forces affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards-IRGC took him away at a traffic police’s checkpoint in Zahedan. He worked as a driver’s helper on the Zahedan-Bandar Abbas travel-bus line. Iran’s Judiciary sentenced him to death in a hasty process without an …

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Paris: Franco-Irish held in Iran must be freed immediately, needs medical care

Al-Arabia – Bernard Phelan, a Franco-Irish citizen detained in Iran, must be released immediately and provided access to urgent medical care, the Foreign Ministry in Paris said on Thursday. “The denial of medical access by Iranian authorities is unacceptable,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Anne-Claire Legendre told journalists, adding France was very concerned about Phelan’s poor health condition.

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Iran releases dissident journalist Keyvan Samimi: Family

Al-Arabia – Iranian dissident journalist Keyvan Samimi, imprisoned since December 2020, was released on Thursday, his family told AFP. Samimi, 74, had been sentenced to three years in prison for “plotting against national security.” “Samimi, who had been transferred last year to Semnan prison,” located nearly 200 kilometers (125 miles) east of Tehran, “was released this afternoon,” his family said. …

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The Farda Briefing: Europe’s Position On Iran Hardens As It Mulls Terror Listing

RFL/RE – The European Parliament on January 19 voted for Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to be added to the European Union’s list of terrorist organizations in “light of its terrorist activity, the repression of protesters, and its supplying of drones to Russia.” The vote was nonbinding, but it came amid calls by some European governments to blacklist …

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Iranian Film Producer Summoned By Police Over Banned Movie

RFL/RE – Iranian film producer Javad Norouzbeigi says a legal case has been filed against him due to the production of his banned prizewinning film, Leila’s Brothers. The semiofficial ISNA news agency quoted Javad Norouzbeigi as saying that he was summoned to the prosecutor’s office, “where the title of the accusation against me was the production of Leila’s Brothers.”Before its release last …

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Iranian Gonabadi Dervish Freed After Nearly Five Years In Prison

Iranwire – Abbas Dehghan, a member of Iran’s Gonabadi Dervish religious minority, was released after spending almost five years behind bars. Photos sent to IranWire show Dehghan’s relatives and a large group of Gonabadi dervishes, who are Sufi Muslims, welcoming him after his release from Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. Dehghan is a co-founder of Majzooban Noor, a website that covers …

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Blinding as a Weapon (3): The Story Of Champion Archer Kowsar Khoshnoodi Kia

Iranwire – IranWire recently reported that hundreds of Iranians have sustained severe eye injuries after being hit by pellets, tear gas cannisters, paintball bullets or other projectiles used by security forces amid a bloody crackdown on mainly peaceful anti-government demonstrations. The report concluded that such actions by the security forces could constitute a “crime against humanity,” as defined by Article 7 of …

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Baha’i Couple Arrested In Iran, Faces Security-Related Charges

Iranwire – Iranian judicial officials have charged a Baha’i couple with “acting against national security” and “communicating with enemy governments,” amid an intensified crackdown on members of the religious minority. Pouya Amri and his wife Nafisa Sa’adatyar were arrested on January 21 by intelligence agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) at their house in the northern city of …

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Iranian Regional Governor Vows To Enforce Hijab Laws Amid Women-Led Protests

Iranwire – An Iranian provincial governor has said that Iranian women with a loose hijab will not be allowed to enter government offices, shopping centers and other commercial units, amid more than four months of nationwide protests demanding more freedoms and women’s rights. Laws enforcing mandatory hijab-wearing have become a flashpoint during the protests triggered by the September death of …

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