Friday , 20 May 2022

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Pouya Bakhtiari’s Uncle: Be Our Voice if Anything Happens

Iranwire – Mehrdad Bakhtiari, the uncle of murdered November 2019 protester Pouya Bakhtiari, has recorded a video obtained by IranWire in which he notifies viewers that a fresh court order has been issued against him. Pouya’s family have refused to back down from their public calls for justice since the 27-year-old was shot dead in the street in Karaj on …

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Exporting Terror: The Revolutionary Years

Iranwire – Friday, February 11, is the 43rd anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran. The Iranian government has staged tens of abductions, forced disappearances and assassinations of its opponents in other countries around the world. The Islamic Republic has always denied that it carries out trans-national attacks – but this position is undermined by both the frequency of the …

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IranWire’s Webinar on the Persecution of Christians

Iranwire – Three Iranian Christian converts from Islam, with firsthand experience of persecution and imprisonment in Iran, joined the Article 18 director Mansour Borji and IranWire founder and Editor-in-Chief Maziar Bahari for a special discussion yesterday on the persecution of Iran’s Christian religious minority. Converting from Christianity was considered by the Islamic Republic to be “worse than murder,” one of the converts …

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Women Motorcyclists Compete Despite Fatwas

Iranwire – As January came to a close, 65 Iranian motorcyclists took part in a Motorcycle and Auto Racing Federation competitive event in Iran. More than 30 women competed, despite an official ban on doing so. Iran’s state media and media affliated with the Revolutionary Guards refuse to cover such events, but independent websites and media in the diaspora regularly report …

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Interview: Suppressing Teachers’ Protests Would be a “Great Risk” for Iran’s Government

CHRI – A grassroots teachers’ rights movement is gaining steam in Iran, where large street protests by teachers are increasingly sprouting across the country. “In Iran’s current economic situation, the financial burden on the teaching community is terrible,” said Sattar Rahmani, the author of several Persian-language books and articles on the movement, in an interview with the Center for Human Rights in …

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Iranian Poet Baktash Abtin Dies After Being Arbitrarily Detained in Iran

CHRI – The death of Iranian poet Baktash Abtin today in Tehran after contracting COVID-19 in Evin Prison is the result of the Iranian judiciary chief’s inhumane treatment of prisoners and the government’s refusal to hold responsible officials accountable. Abtin, who died after being put into an induced coma while hospitalized, is the second known political prisoner to die in Iran in …

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Tens of Thousands Join Teachers’ Strikes in Iran

Iranwire – Tens of thousands of Iranian teachers joined a third day of nationwide protests on Monday following a rallying call from trade unions. Security forces attacked some of those present in front of the parliament building in Tehran and at other locations such as Sari, Mazandaran. Videos posted on social media showed uniformed officers trying to arrest demonstrators, prompting …

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Cat and Mouse: A Medieval Fable for Modern Iran

Iranwire – The dark and arresting sketches of Touka Neyestani, IranWire’s Canada-based cartoonist, have captivated our readers since 2013. Once an artist for Iranian magazines, in his later career Touka’s acid takes on the political situation in Iran – be they bleak and menacing, inducive of a guilty laugh, or gut-wrenchingly sad – won him millions of fans the world …

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Videos: Tear Gas and Shots Fired on Isfahan Protesters

Iranwire – Farmers and citizens in Isfahan continued to protest on Friday, November 26. Videos posted on social media show security and law enforcement officers dispersing a mass gathering of demonstrators with large volumes of tear gas and what appeared to be birdshot on the dried-up Zayanderud riverbed. Earlier on Friday morning, footage was also shared showing people on motorcycles …

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Videos: Tear Gas and Shots Fired on Isfahan Protesters

Iranwire – Farmers and citizens in Isfahan continued to protest on Friday, November 26. Videos posted on social media show security and law enforcement officers dispersing a mass gathering of demonstrators with large volumes of tear gas and what appeared to be birdshot on the dried-up Zayanderud riverbed. Earlier on Friday morning, footage was also shared showing people on motorcycles …

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