Saturday , 19 September 2020

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USCIRF Warns that Forced Sterilization of Uyghur Muslims is Evidence of Genocide

Shabtabnews – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) warned that the Chinese government’s repressive population control measures against Uyghur and other Muslims—including forced sterilization—might meet the legal criteria for genocide under international law: “It’s evident from the Chinese government’s own data that the Communist Party’s policies are clearly designed to prevent population growth for the Uyghur, Kazakh, and …

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IOPHR Requests for Urgent Action against death sentences issued against protestors

Shabtabnews – In a statement IOPHR called “on all human rights organisations inside, and outside of Iran to prevent the execution of these three men, by launching a maximum pressure campaign, and putting pressure on the Iranian authorities.” Amir-Hossein Moradi, Saeed Tamjidi, and Mohammad Rajabi were sentenced to death in February in connection with acts of arson that took place …

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Iran — First Call for Signatures on Letter to Secretary Pompeo in Support of Religious Prisoners of Conscience

Shabtabnews – In a open letter The International Religious Freedom requests signatures on a letter addressed to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to support the religious prisoners of conscience in Iran. The full text of the letter and the means of signing the letter can be seen below: Dear IRF Roundtable Participants,Please see below from Baha’is of the United States …

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Khamenei’s final act: international complicity (part 2)

Christianpost.com – Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part op-ed series examining Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his regime. The first part of the op-ed series, “Khamenei’s final act: Persecuting Iran’s religious minorities,” can be read here. The U.S. Approach toward the Mullahs — President Obama Unfortunately, President Obama decided to take a conciliatory approach toward the occupying …

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Khamenei’s final act: Persecuting Iran’s religious minorities (Part 1)

christianpost.com – The recent disturbing rise of violent acts against religious minorities in Iran — the internal exiles and transfers of Gonabadi Sufis to COVID-19 infested wards of prisons, the burning of a Christian cemetery, setting fire to Mordeci’s shrine and widespread negative propaganda against Jews, arrests and sentencings of Baha’is in different cities, smear campaigns against Sunni Sufis, to …

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The covert transfer of top secret US drone to Iran during Obama administration

Shabtabnews – On December 3rd, 2011, the Islamic Republic ordered its ‘cyber army’ to hunt, steal, and decrypt classified manufacturing blueprints of the Sentinel RQ-170 American spy drone. As result of which, for years later it boasted its prowess in successfully “reverse engineering” the manufacture of American drones. The  Sentinel RQ-170, which was built by Lockheed Martin and used by …

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US Criticises China, Iran, Nigeria for Religious Freedom Violations

Shabtabnews- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called out China, Iran, Nigeria and other nations for religious freedom violations. VOA Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine has more on the release of the State Department’s 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom. The very existence of the International Religious Freedom Report is evidence of our resolve to defend human dignity. No …

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International Religious Freedom round-table on global state of religious freedom.

Shabtabnews – The US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback and representatives from various Religious Freedom organisations held a virtual round-table meeting on the state of global religious freedom. Mr. Gharagozloo, The US representative of IOPHR ( The International organisation for preservation of human rights ) spoke at the weekly IRF round-table about the recent human rights …

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Experts appeal to EU for more protection for global religious freedom

Shabtab – In an open letter international religious freedom experts urged the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to continue the mandate of the Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU. The letter declared “Nobody should be persecuted because of their faith. The role of the Special Envoy for the promotion of religion …

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USCRIF welcomes US sanctions on Iranian entities responsible for egregious religious freedom violations.

Shabtab- USCRIF in a tweet yesterday condemned the Iranian governments treatment of various religious minorities, like Gonabadi Sufis, Christian convert and prisoners of conscience . In this message it also mentioned the Great Tehran Penitentiary where Christian convert Majidreza Kushani is detained on spurious charges and Qarchak prison where several women Gonbadi Sufis are held, and the Christian convert Mary …

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