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Families Urge Judiciary Chief to Include Jailed Conservationists In Mass Prisoner Release

CHRI – The families of eight conservationists imprisoned in Iran on trumped-up charges have called on Iranian Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi to release them on furlough along with the some 54,000 other prisoners who were released in March 2020 after rights organizations expressed serious concerns for their safety amid the country’s deadly COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. The families’ letter was published by the state-run Iranian Labor News Agency in …

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Iranian Instrument maker Zolfaqar Beitaneh picked as Living Human Treasure

PayvandNews – The South Khorasan Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department (SKCHTHD) has selected dotar maker Zolfaqar Beitaneh as a Living Human Treasure. The 58-year-old master, who lives in Ferdows, South Khorasan Province, has also skills in crafting a kind of reed flute, which is used in the folk music of Khorasan. Zolfaqar Beitaneh performing(undated photo) “Zolfaqar Beitaneh is the …

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Man Seen Licking Shrine Grids Despite Coronavirus Arrested In Iran

Radiofarda – A man who challenged coronavirus health warnings and to make a religious statement licked the grids at a shrine in Iran has been arrested. Videos showing Iranians licking and kissing the grids of Shi’ite holy shrines across the country have gone viral in recent days. The videos are widely circulated on social media at a time of an …

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Iran’s Lowest Election Turnout Since Islamic Revolution A Blow To Khamenei, Clerical Establishment

Iranians have largely ignored a massive get-out-the vote effort by the government to record the lowest turnout for a nationwide election since the establishment of the Islamic republic in 1979.The Interior Ministry says a record low of 42.57 percent of registered voters took part in Iran’s February 21 parliamentary elections, which is about 20 percent lower than the 2016 elections.Analysts …

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Partial Results Announced In Iran Elections Called A ‘Sham’ By Pompeo

Radiofarda – The results of Friday’s parliamentary elections in Iran for smaller constituencies are being announced on Saturday. So far candidate vote results for 66 out of a total of 208 constituencies nationwide have been announced. According to numbers made public so far, run-off elections will be held in several constituencies where candidates have failed to gain a minimum of …

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Videos, images of Iran polling stations show low voter turnout

Videos and images of polling stations in Iran shared on social media point toward a low voter turnout in Iran’s parliamentary election on Friday. Iranians voted on Friday in a parliamentary election unlikely to change the Islamic Republic’s troubled relations with the United States, after thousands of candidates were barred from the field in favor of hardliners. Videos and images from several …

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Conservatives Appear Ahead As Votes Counted In Iran’s Parliamentary Elections

Conservatives appeared to be ahead as ballots were being counted in Iran’s February 21 parliamentary elections. The poll was certain to favor conservative candidates following the pre-vote disqualification of thousands of reformists or relative moderates. Initial results were expected on February 22 after authorities three times extended voting by a total of five hours to allow more people to cast …

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Iranians Casting Ballots In Parliamentary Elections Amid Coronavirus Fears And Voter Disillusionment

Radiofarda – Iranians on Friday headed to polls to cast ballots in parliamentary elections a day after two coronavirus deaths were reported in the country. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has called for “massive turnout to frustrate America”. Voters will be choosing from over 7,000 candidates for the 290 seats of the Iranian Parliament, the Majles. But around 9,000 other …

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Announcement Of Iran Coronavirus Deaths Fuels Public Distrust Of Government

Radiofarda – After two people died of Coronavirus in Iran on Wednesday, officials hinted at more cases of infections, fueling an atmosphere of deep apprehension among the public and expressions of distrust toward the government. The revelation that the virus has reached Iran is taken by many as an admission that infections may had already spread in Qom, the religious …

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