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Iran not forthcoming on investigation into downed airliner, Canada’s government says

Al-Monitor – An independent adviser to Canada’s government Tuesday criticized Iran’s handling of the ongoing investigation into the shoot-down of a Ukrainian passenger airliner near Tehran early this year. “The party responsible for the situation is investigating itself, mostly in secret,” read a 74-page report released Tuesday by Ralph Goodale, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s appointed special adviser on the incident. Iran …

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EU-Iran Business Forum Following Journalist’s Execution Sends Wrong Signal

Iran Human Rights (IHR) – Two days after the execution of dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is scheduled to give a joint keynote speech at the EU-Iran Business Forum with Josep Borell, High Representative of the European Union. Iran Human Rights calls for stronger reactions to Zam’s execution by the international community. The verbal condemnations by the …

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Iran: Prisoner Daniel Divani-Azar Executed at Miandoab Prison

Iran Human Rights (IHR) – Daniel Divani-Azar, a death row prisoner sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for the murder of Sadegh Barmaki, has been executed at Miandoab Prison. Another defendant in the case who was under the age of 18 at the time of his arrest, was killed after being beaten by prison officials and the third defendant was executed two …

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Weekly Khamenei Report: Suppression at Home, Compromises Abroad

iranwire.com – Six days after the assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, officials’ conflicting and sometimes outlandish accounts of the incident demonstrates their hopeless befuddlement. In his short message following the assassination, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei made no mention of either the United States or Israel and Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, said intelligence services knew beforehand that …

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Report: 400 Years Imprisonment and 787 Lashes for Iran Rights Defenders

Iran Human Rights (IHR)- New IHR report profiles 53 human rights defenders, who have collectively been sentenced to nearly 400 years of imprisonment and 787 lashes. The situation of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in Iran is more grave today than it has been the last three decades. The Iran Human Rights Defenders Report 2019-2020 provides a brief account on the …

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Iranian plane sanctioned by US lands in Venezuela

Al-Monitor- A cargo plane belonging to an Iranian airline sanctioned by the United States landed in Venezuela on Tuesday. It is not clear what the plane brought amid continued US pressure on both Iran and its South American ally. The Qeshm Fars Air flight landed in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, from Iran, the Venezuelan opposition politician Jose Manuel Olivares said …

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Iran-Backed Militia Behind Irbil Rocket Attack, Says Iraqi Kurdish Security Agency

RFL/RE – A suspected Iran-backed militia launched at least six rockets near U.S. troops stationed at Irbil airport in the semiautonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq.Iraqi Kurdistan’s counterterrorism service blamed the September 30 attack on the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), an Iraqi state paramilitary organization dominated by Iran-backed groups.“Six rockets were launched from the borders of the Sheikh Amir village in …

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Khamenei’s Close Ally Shariatmadari Blasts Grand Ayatollah Sistani

Radiofarda – Iraq’s top cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani is facing criticism for his comments during a meeting with the UN Secretary-General’s representative for Iraqi affairs. The editor-in-chief of the Tehran daily Kayhan, Hossein Shariatmadari, blasted Sistani’s remarks for allegedly being beneath his position and honorable status. In a meeting on September 22, with the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative …

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Olympics should say Iran is ‘no longer welcome’ after Afkari execution: US official

Al-Arabia – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) should tell Iran it is “no longer welcome” after the execution of Iranian star wrestler Navid Afkari, US former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell said in a podcast. Afkari was executed in Iran September 12 and his death sparked outrage and underscored widespread human rights abuses in Iran. “I would like to …

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