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April, 2020

  • 7 April

    Ukrainian Demands Explanation From Iran Over Shocking Remarks On Plane Crash

    Radiofarda – The Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine on Monday said his country expects “an immediate explanation from Iran” about a controversial statement made by an Iranian lawmaker about the downing of a Ukrainian airliner in January. On Sunday the mid-level cleric and lawmaker, Hassan Norouzi, said the Iranian military had been right in shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane …

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  • 7 April

    More Iranian Health Officials Speak Up About Questionable Chinese Coronavirus Data

    Radiofarda – Two more high-ranking officials of the Iranian Health Ministry and Coronavirus Combat Taskforce have joined the ministry spokesman in criticizing the data China has presented to the world about its coronavirus epidemic. On Sunday the Health Ministry Spokesman Dr. Kianoush Jahanpur broke the silence and spoke about Iranian health officials’ suspicions about the reliability of China’s coronavirus data, …

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  • 7 April

    Coronavirus Task Force Member In Iran Says Up to Half A Million Infected

    Radiofarda – Based on the latest estimates, about half a million people in Iran are suffering from COVED-19, a member of the National Coronavirus Combat Taskforce has disclosed. Speaking to the Islamic Republic’s official news agency, IRNA, on Monday, April 6, Hamid Souri asserted that since many patients suffering from mild symptoms of COVID-19 have not yet been detected, the …

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  • 7 April

    Khamenei Agrees To Withdraw One Billion Euros From Iran’s Reserve Fund

    Radiofarda – Eleven days after an emergency request by President Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has allowed the withdrawal of one billion euros from the National Development Fund, or Iran’s foreign currency savings. Rouhani April 6 thanked Khamenei and issued a series of directives for the use of the funds to help fight the coronavirus epidemic that has …

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  • 7 April

    Iran Parliament Warns Of Epidemic’s ‘Painful Consequences’ And Multiple Crises

    Radiofarda -Iranian Parliament’ Research Center has warned that the government’s delay in extending financial support to low-income people hit by the coronavirus outbreak may entail “painful consequences.” Burial of coronavirus victims in Iran. April 6, 2020 In an elaborate allusion to the possibility of dissent and protests in Iran, the report charged that what President Hassan Rouhani’s administration has done …

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  • 7 April

    Jailed activist calling for Khamenei’s resignation tested positive for covid-19

    Iran-HRM – The family of Mohammad Hossein Sepehri, a political activist held at Vakil Abad Prison in the city of Mashhad has tested positive for Covid-19. This news was announced by Asghar Sepehri, Mohammad Hossein’s brother, on his Twitter account on Sunday, April 5.Asghar Sepehri published parts of his brother’s phone call, stating that he was being held in solitary confinement in …

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  • 7 April

    Macron Calls On Iran To Respect Nuclear Obligations In Call With Rohani

    RFL/E – French President Emmanuel Macron has called on Iran to respect its nuclear obligations as the world focuses its attention on the coronavirus pandemic.In a phone call on April 6, Macron told Iranian President Hassan Rohani that the international community must come together to fight the spread of the virus.Macron hopes Iran will “turn to the respect of its …

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  • 7 April

    What an Iranian film about a leper colony can teach us about coronavirus

    theguardian.com -In the autumn of 1962, the celebrated Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad made what would be her first and last film. Regarded as a precursor to the Iranian new wave and now considered a classic, The House Is Black is a documentary about the members of a leper colony near the city of Tabriz in northwest Iran. Despite having been filmed nearly 60 years ago, and focusing …

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  • 6 April

    Estimate Puts Coronavirus Infections In Iran At 95,000, Deaths Double The Official Figure

    Radiofarda – Radio Farda’s ongoing investigation of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) death toll in Iran shows at least 3,100 more deaths occurred as of Monday bringing the total to 6,872 in comparison with the officially announced 3,739 number. According to the latest announcement of the Iranian Health Ministry on Monday the death toll rose by 136 in the past 24 hours …

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  • 6 April

    Questioning China’s Coronavirus Numbers Causes Diplomatic, Political Uproar In Iran

    Radiofarda – A remark by Iran’s Health Ministry Spokesman on Sunday calling China’s coronavirus figures and reports “a bitter joke” has led to a diplomatic and political uproar. Kianush Jahanpur on April 5 said statistics from China made many in the world think the new virus caused an illness “just like influenza”, even with fewer deaths”, and added, “If in …

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  • 6 April

    Iran Security Chief Accuses The US Of ‘Crime Against Humanity’ For ‘Blocking’ IMF Loan

    Radiofarda – Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council has accused the United States of “crime against humanity” for what he says is Washington’s role in blocking Tehran’s request for an emergency IMF loan. Revolutionary Guard general Ali Shamkhani tweeted April 5 that “America’s opposition to the granting of a loan by International Monetary Fund to Iran for securing needed …

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  • 6 April

    Former IRGC Official Says Soleimani Asked Him For Money To Pay Proxies In Syria

    Radiofarda – In a video clip from mid-February, circulating on social media in recent days, a former Islamic Republic minister, Parviz Fattah, has disclosed that Qods Force former commander Qassem Soleimani once asked him to help finance Fatemiyoun Brigade. The military unit, also known as Fatemiyoun Division, is a mainly Afghan Shi’a militia formed by the IRGC’s Qods Force in …

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  • 6 April

    Gunmen Kill Hezbollah Member In Southern Lebanon

    (AP) — Unknown gunmen fatally shot and stabbed a member of the militant Hezbollah group in southern Lebanon and an investigation was launched, Lebanese security officials said Sunday. The body of Ali Mohammed Younes was found next to his car Saturday evening near the southern town of Nabatiyeh, said two security officials. One of them said Younes was shot with …

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  • 6 April

    Officials In Iran Divided Over Coronavirus – Public Health Or Saving The Economy

    Radiofarda – The quandary facing Iran’s government regarding a lockdown to contain Covid-19 or resuming business activities continues in full-force, as President Hassan Rouhani and some of his ministers fear a long, drawn-out economic shutdown. Following several days of speculations by the media and disputes among members of the government Rouhani announced on Sunday April 5 that “low-risk businesses” can …

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  • 6 April

    Iranian MP: Iran military did well in downing Ukrainian plane

    Al-Arabia – The Iranian military did “well” by downing a civilian airliner in January, the spokesman for the parliament’s legal and judicial committee said on Sunday, adding that no arrests have been made in relation to the incident, contrary to official claims. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down a Ukraine International Airlines jet on January 8, killing all …

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  • 6 April

    Iran Human Rights Monitor Monthly Report, March 2020

    Iran-HRM – March was a deadly month across Iran, with a large increase in the number of deaths from the Covid-19 disease and the spread of the coronavirus in Iran’s prisons. At least 14,700 in 237 cities across Iran passed away from the novel virus as of March 31. Iranian prisons and detention centers were one of the most vulnerable …

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  • 6 April

    Soheil Arabi resumes hunger strike after authorities fail to deliver on their promise

    Iran-HRM – Political prisoner Soheil Arabi sent a letter out of the Greater Tehran Penitentiary on Saturday, April 4, 2020, announcing that he is going on hunger strike again to protest the authorities’ failure to deliver on their promise to send him to hospital, the abysmal prison conditions, his continued imprisonment and depriving him of prison leave during the coronavirus …

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  • 6 April

    Inmates’ families kept in the dark following prison riot in southwest Iran

    Iran-HRM – Family members of inmates held in Seiban and Sepidar prisons in Ahvaz have been kept in the dark about the fate of their loved ones following riots in the prisons on March 30 and 31. Reports indicate that following prison riots on March 31, intelligence authorities in Ahvaz transferred political prisoners from ward 5 of Sheiban Prison to …

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  • 6 April

    10 prisoners on death row in Tabriz Prion

    HRANA – At least 50 prisoners in ward 11 of Tabriz Prison are on death row. HRANA identified 10 of them as following: Mohammad Khosravi was sentenced to death on the charge of murder. He is in prison for six years. Akbar Norouzi was sentenced to death on the charge of murder. He is in prison for eight years. Gholamreza …

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  • 6 April

    Update: Danial Zeinolabedini’s Body Buried; Increasing Concern About His Codefendant

    Iran Human Rights (IHR) – Body of the death row juvenile offender who was beaten to death in an Iranian prison, is finally handed over to his family for the burial. Danial Zeinolabedini who allegedly committed a murder at the age of 17. He and several other prisoners, including his co-defendant Danial Divani-Azar were beaten badly by the security guards …

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  • 6 April

    Iran: How the Regime Is Trying to Exploit the Coronavirus Crisis

    gatestoneinstitute.org – The international community needs to refrain from handing the Iranian regime any direct financial aid. The four-decade history of the ruling mullahs has shown that any extra revenues obtained by the leadership have not benefited the ordinary people in Iran. If the mullahs are seeking financial assistance because they actually desire to help their own people, why did they refuse …

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  • 6 April

    Tehran stock market could remain strong despite Iran’s economic downturn

    Al-Monitor – The benchmark Tehran Stock Exchange index managed to break above its all-time highs just before the Iranian fiscal year ended March 19. The annual total return reached a whopping 187%, registering the highest annual growth in the exchange’s existence. Interestingly, the equal-weighted index, the barometer applied to measure the performance of micro-size listed companies, rocketed up during the same …

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  • 5 April

    Iran Official Calls China’s Coronavirus Numbers A ‘Bitter Joke’

    Radiofarda – The spokesman of Iran’s health ministry has said that figures the coronavirus infections and deaths published by China’s government was a “bitter joke”. Kianush Jahanpur in a video media conference March 5 said, “It seems statistics from China was a bitter joke, because many in the world thought this is just like influenza, with fewer deaths. This [impression] …

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  • 5 April

    Iran’s Government Withdrew Money From National Reserve To Pay Salaries – Lawmaker

    Radiofarda – A member of Iran’s parliament has said the government took 18 trillion rials from the National Development Fund on the eve of the Iranian New Year in March because it was out of money to pay salaries and New Year bonuses to its employees. The National Development Fund (NDF) is savings from oil exports meant to help long …

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  • 5 April

    Iran’s New Qods Force Commander Is No Soleimani

    Radiofarda – Brigadier General Esmail Qa’ani (Ghaani) visited Iraq this week for the first time since his appointment as the commander of the IRGC’s Qods Force and was secretly welcomed at Baghdad Airport under tight security measures. Some sources say he left the airport in a motorcade of three cars, but no one knows where he stayed in Baghdad, whom …

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  • 5 April

    Bullets Hit Friday Imam’s Car In Southern Iran

    Radiofarda – Unknown gunmen opened fire on the car of a Friday Prayer Imam in the southern city of Mahshahr, in Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan province Friday evening. An Iranian news agency says Salman Hashemi is one of the four prayer leaders in the city of petrochemical plants. He represents the religious establishment in the Taleghani part of the city. Mahshar …

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  • 5 April

    Second-Wave Coronavirus May Hit Iranian Capital, Officials Warn

    Radiofarda – Heavy traffic in Tehran on the first working day of the new Iranian year has prompted some officials to warn about a second wave of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) infections hitting the capital. With the New Year holidays over, many residents of the capital have now returned from other cities. If economic activities resume at this point those who have …

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  • 5 April

    Coronavirus: Low-risk economic activities in Iran to resume soon, says Rouhani

    Al-Arabia – Iran’s president said on Sunday “low-risk” economic activities would resume from April 11 in the Middle Eastern country worst-affected by the new coronavirus. For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page. Iran has been struggling to curb the spread of the highly infectious respiratory disease known as COVID-19 but authorities are also concerned that measures to limit public life …

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  • 5 April

    Iranian newspaper flays close Khamenei associate for remarks about slain Soleimani

    Al-Arabia – An Iranian newspaper criticised a close associate of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday for disclosing that slain military commander Qassem Soleimani paid salaries to fighters of an Iranian proxy group in Syria. A clip circulating on social media in recent days showed former Energy Minister and the head of the Mostazafan Foundation Parviz Fattah saying that …

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  • 5 April

    Iran prosecutes whistleblower doctor for unraveling state cover-up

    Iran-HRM – The Iranian regime has prosecuted a doctor for warning about the coronavirus outbreak.Rahim Yousefpour from Saqqez in Iranian Kurdistan Province was summoned by judicial authorities. He has to report in on Sunday, April 5, 2020.In a video shared online, Dr. Rahim Yousefpour announced that he was summoned for warning about the coronavirus outbreak in the province.“I warned about …

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