Saturday , 29 January 2022

Human rights

HRW Urges Iran To ‘Immediately And Unconditionally’ Release Rights Defender Mohammadi

FFL/RE – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has condemned a new prison sentence handed to prominent Iranian human rights defender Narges Mohammadi and called on Tehran to “immediately and unconditionally” release her. “Iranian authorities’ cruel detention and prosecution of Narges Mohmmadi only one year after she was released from an earlier prison term and then piling on more unfair prison sentences …

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Rouhani-era Officials Cry Foul as Third Humanities Professor Sacked

Iranwire — Sociology professor Mohammad Fazeli was widely reported in Iranian media this week to have been dismissed from his post at Shahid Beheshti University. Fazeli himself has since clarified that he lost his job in September 2021: the same month that Azad University philosopher Bijan Abdolkarimi was also fired for alleged pro-monarchy sentiments. Then this week, Arash Abazari, a professor of …

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Iran’s Great Petrochemical Corruption Scandal, Part I: The Ones That Got Away

Iranwire – The verdict in a massive corruption case involving the Iran Petrochemical Commercial Company (PCC) was announced on September 5, 2021. But nearly three years after proceedings first got under way, the details remained shrouded in mystery. We were told at the time that 15 named defendants had been sentenced to a total of 180 years in prison, linked to the …

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Ex-UN officials, rights experts urge probe of Iran’s 1988 mass killings

Al-Monitor – A group of former United Nations officials and experts have penned an open letter urging the United Nations human rights office to investigate Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi‘s involvement in the mass killing of political prisoners. “We believe it’s long overdue for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to investigate the 1988 massacre,” read the …

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US Treasury Targets Repression and the Undermining of Democracy

treasury.gov— Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is designating 15 actors across three countries in connection with serious human rights abuse and repressive acts targeting innocent civilians, political opponents, and peaceful protestors. As part of a whole-of-government commitment to democracy, Treasury is taking a number of actions aimed at promoting accountability for those …

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Firings Of Iranian University Professors Stoke Fears Of New Purge

RFL/RE – Mohammad Fazeli, a prominent Iranian sociologist, had taught at Tehran’s Shahid Beheshti university for seven years before he was dismissed in September. Fazeli’s dismissal only became public in recent days when reports emerged of two other academics being fired.The firings have raised fears of a new purge of dissenting academics in Iran, where the clerical establishment has dismissed …

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Iran Arrests 17 Over Social-Media Video Pranks

RFL/RE – Iranian police say they have arrested 17 people suspected of filming candid-camera pranks that boosted their social-media followings but incited panic in the streets of Tehran. Those arrested allegedly “amused themselves by playing on people’s nerves and the peace and security of the public by filming candid-camera footage of horror gags on the streets of the capital,” Tehran …

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Thirty More Iranian Officials Accused in London of November 2019 Crimes

Iranwire – A second round of hearings in a landmark “people’s tribunal” examining potential crimes against humanity in the November 2019 protests will take place in London next weekend. The Aban Tribunal, an initiative led by by Iranian rights groups in the diaspora and international legal experts, held its first hearings in November 2021. A panel of distinguished lawyers heard evidence from tens …

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Anousheh Ashouri’s Hunger Strike: “This Time it’s Different”

Iranwire – Barry Rosen’s recent hunger strike in Vienna inspired a new campaign of activism. Among those inspired to show solidarity with the former American hostage was Iranian-British citizen Anousheh Ashouri, currently held in Evin Prison on charges of espionage. Rosen, who was one of 52 Americans held hostage in the United States embassy in Tehran in 1979, began his strike on January 18, protesting …

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Mounting Charges and Phone Bans: What Atena and Family Endured

Iranwire – Civil rights activist Atena Daemi was released from Lakan Prison in Rasht on the evening of Monday, January 24, 2022. Daemi’s campaigning has focused largely on children’s rights, and particularly the rights of child laborers, but she also has a wide knowledge about and experience of working on other issues, including the rights of Baha’is, education, and justice for the mass …

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