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Monthly Archives: June 2023

Executed Women Haunt, Inspire Iranian Baha’is 40 Years Later

VOA – One by one, the 10 women, mostly aged under 30, went defiantly to their deaths by hanging in a city square in Shiraz in southern Iran. The youngest was only 17 years old. They had been charged with crimes including espionage but, for supporters around the world, they were simply being hanged because they were Bahais, and refused …

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Iran’s FM visits Qatar, Oman as indirect talks with US see momentum

Al-Monitor – Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian arrived in Qatar early on Tuesday, on the first leg of a regional tour that will also take him to Oman. The Iranian top diplomat said in a tweet upon his arrival to the Qatari capital that his visit aims to strengthen relations with neighboring countries and follow up on previous agreements signed with these …

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More Iranian Teachers Summoned Amid Government Clampdown

RFL/RE – Five more teachers who supported anti-government protests in Iran have been summoned to the Revolutionary Court, the latest in a series of similar moves, including trials, of teachers in other cities across the country. The Iranian Teachers’ Union’s Coordination Council has confirmed the collective summons of teachers and cultural rights activists in the central Iranian city of Yazd. Three of …

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Hijab Law Violator Sentenced to Unpaid Cleaning Work

Iranwire – A criminal court in Tehran has sentenced a woman to 270 hours of unpaid cleaning work for allegedly violating mandatory hijab rules in public places, the feminist Twitter account Bidarzani reported. “The accused must work for four hours daily in the building of the Ministry of Interior and its associated departments such as the governor’s office” in the capital, it …

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Report: Plot to Kill Iran’s Top Sunni Cleric Uncovered

Iranwire – A plot to assassinate outspoken Sunni cleric Molavi Abdulhamid has been foiled, the Haalvsh human rights organization reported on June 19. Haalvsh, a group that monitors rights violations in the south-eastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan, said the security guards of Zahedan’s Makki Mosque arrested a man masquerading as a religious student who wanted to poison Molavi. The …

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IRGC Intelligence Chief Accuses 20 Countries Of Fomenting Protests

Iranwire – The head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ intelligence (IRGC-IO) claimed on June 19 that the secret services of some 20 countries were involved in inciting months-long nationwide protests last year. In an interview with the website of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Brigadier General Mohammad Kazemi alleged that the United States, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United …

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UN Rights Chief Concerned by “Massive” Rise in Executions

Iranwire – The UN human rights chief called for greater cooperation with the international human rights system as he addressed rights emergencies in Iran and dozens of other countries around the world. In his annual review presented to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, which opened its 53rd regular session on June 19, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker …

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Canada Sanctions Iranian judges over “Gross” Rights Abuses

Iranwire – The Canadian government says it has sanctioned seven Revolutionary Court judges for their role in “gross and systematic human rights abuses.”  “As an institution closely tied to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Ministry of Intelligence, the Revolutionary Courts are notorious for issuing death sentences and harsh prison terms following sham trials and based on evidence …

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Report: Citing Attack Threat, France Bans Iranian Opposition Rally

VOA – France has banned an upcoming Iranian opposition rally over the risk of an attack, according to a letter sent to the organizers and seen by Reuters, after the release of an Iranian diplomat convicted of masterminding a plot to bomb the group in 2018. The ban comes as Western powers seek to defuse tensions with Iran and a …

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Students Across Iran Say “No” to Forced Hijab

CHRI – At least a dozen student groups from universities across Iran have issued strong statements of support for fellow students who are facing severe persecution at the Art University of Tehran for peacefully protesting forced-hijab rules and punishments on campus. “University students at the Art University and across Iran are being jailed, banned and flunked for peacefully protesting repressive and discriminatory forced hijab …

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