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Counselling or Coercion? LGBTQ+ Iranians Face Pervasive Ignorance in the Medical Community

Iranwire – One of the key problems faced by the LGBTQ+ community in Iran is the lack of equal access to medical services, medical resources, and well-placed psychologists and psychiatrists. Not being able to see a well-trained and knowledgeable specialist makes it harder for Iranians with different sexual orientations and gender identities to cope with external pressures, such as social, …

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Black and Super-Red: New Coronavirus Alert Levels in Iran as Case Numbers Soar

Iranwire – On the last day of the week ending April 15, the officially-recorded death toll from Covid-19 in Iran stood at 321, a record-breaking figure for a single day. The health minister has warned that the situation will get worse in the coming week. According to local officials, more than 50 percent of people taking PCR swab tests in …

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Iran Steps up Tactics to Eliminate the Country’s Baha’is

Iranwire – As Iranians were marking the end of the Nowruz holidays in early April, more than 25 Baha’is were summoned and arrested in the cities of Shiraz, Mashhad, Bandar Abbas, and Karaj. Others saw their homes raided and searched by security forces. The crackdown, initiated by the Ministry of Intelligence and reinforced by the judiciary, came just as Iran …

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Iran Starts Enriching Uranium to 60%, Its Highest Level Ever

VOA – Iran began enriching uranium up to 60% purity Friday, its highest level ever, after an attack targeted its Natanz nuclear site, the country’s parliament speaker said. The comment by Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, quoted by state television, did not elaborate on the amount Iran planned to enrich. However, it is likely to raise tensions even as Iran negotiates with …

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Walking in a Minefield Without a Map: The Life of an Iranian Human Rights Lawyer

CHRI – At least nine defense attorneys are currently imprisoned on trumped-up charges in Iran for taking on cases involving detainees persecuted by the state for practicing peaceful activism, freedom of speech and expression, or other human rights. Among them is the renowned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who was jailed for defending women arrested for removing their hijabs in public, and Mohammad Najafi, …

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