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Arab States Boycotting Qatar Demand It Cut Ties With Iran, Shutter Al-Jazeera

RFL/RE – Four Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia have issued a list of demands for ending their boycott of Qatar, including requiring Doha to shut down the Al-Jazeera network and cut most ties with Iran. The demands were presented to Qatar by Kuwait on June 22. The Associated Press reported that the list included 13 items, including demands that …

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Iranian Nobel Laureate Blasts Khamenei’s “Fire at Will” Policy Against Domestic Opponents

CHRI – Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s recent declaration that security forces should “fire at will” against presumed enemies of the state is an established policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). “Iran’s leader spoke about firing at will only recently, but as a matter of fact, …

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Photojournalist Who Worked for Rouhani’s Presidential Campaign Arrested Without Charge

CHRI – Husband Pressured to Confess to Espionage Formerly imprisoned photojournalist Asal Esmailzadeh was “suddenly” arrested without charge while accompanying her husband to the Culture and Media Court in Tehran on June 19, 2017, Saeed Seif told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Seif, the editor-in-chief of the Didban reformist news website, told CHRI that he does not …

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Prominent Civil Rights Activists Urge Iran’s Parliament to Ban Use of Deadly Force Against Border Couriers

CHRI – The killing, by border guards, of another kulbar—the Persian word for the border-crossing couriers who transport illegally imported goods into Iran—has prompted 250 Iranian civil rights activists to demand that Parliament implement measures to protect the downtrodden laborers. “Shared widely on social media, images of an innocent young man’s body on the ground next to his load of cigarette …

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The reason Tehran is against referendum on Iraqi Kurdistan

Al-monitor – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani on June 7 announced an agreement among Iraqi Kurdish groups to hold a binding vote in September that could pave the way for an independent Kurdistan, free of control by the central government in Baghdad. An independent Kurdistan, which would border Iran along a province with a large Kurdish population, poses many challenges for the Islamic …

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