Friday , 23 February 2018

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February, 2018

  • 22 February

    Baha’i Leader Says People Of Iran Never Accepted Espionage Accusations

    RFL/RE – Saeid Rezaie, one of the seven members of the former leadership group of the Baha’is, who has been recently freed after being ten years behind bars, says that people of Iran never accepted the claim that Baha’i leaders are involved in espionage against their homeland.

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  • 22 February

    Iran’s Judiciary Abets Dictatorship, Says Sakharov Prize Winner

    RFL/RE – Prominent Iranian physicist, human rights activist, and political prisoner Narges Mohammadi has lambasted the Islamic Republic’s judiciary as a part of “dictatorship structure” ruling Iran.

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  • 22 February

    Iran: Civil Rights Activists Still In Detention After 21 Days

    Iran-HRM – More than 21 days after the arrest of seven civil rights activists following the recent protests, there is still insufficient information on their condition. Saeed Eghbali, 22, was arrested on February 1 after intelligence agents stormed his home. He was transferred to Section 209 in Evin Prison.

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  • 22 February

    Iran: Medical Student Detained In Ilam

    Iran-HRM -On Sunday, February 18, Taleb Bassativand, a medical student from Ilam University, was arrested by security agents and taken to an unknown location. According to an informed source, intelligence agents surrounded his home and arrested him without an arrest warrant.

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  • 22 February

    Iran: Dissident Journalist Abducted In Turkey

    Iran-HRM – According to news sources, Arash Shoja Shargh, a 24-year-old dissident journalist who is against the Islamic Republic of Iran has not come back to his home (in Turkey) since Monday February 5. After he was forced to leave Iran and due to journalistic activities in his Telegram channel, Gilane No, intelligence agents threatened his family that if Arash …

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  • 22 February

    Iran Will Withdraw From Nuclear Deal If ‘No Economic Benefit’

    RFL/RE – Iran has threatened to withdraw from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers if there is no economic benefit from it and major banks continue to fail to do business with Tehran. “If the same policy of confusion and uncertainties about the JCPOA [nuclear agreement] continues, if companies and banks are not working with Iran, we cannot …

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  • 22 February

    Russia Opposes U.S. Bid To Condemn Iran Over Supply Of Yemeni Arms

    RFL/RE – Russia is opposing a bid by the United States and its allies to include language condemning Iran for allegedly violating an arms embargo imposed on Yemeni rebels in a United Nations resolution renewing that embargo this month.

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  • 22 February

    Three Sufi protesters killed hours after being shot by Iranian forces

    Al-Arabia – Iranian sources reported on Tuesday the death of three Gonabadi Sufis in the hospital hours after being shot in clashes with Iranian security forces north of the capital Tehran. The site “Zaytoun” reported that the Iranian police forces have transferred three Gonabadi Sufis on Monday evening to the hospital in Tehran and were reported dead on Tuesday night …

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  • 22 February

    300 Iranian Dervishes Remain under Arrest after Clashes with Security Forces

    Radiozamaneh – After clashes with security forces in Iran, more than 300 Sufi Dervishes remain under arrest and more have been arrested in smaller cities or trying to enter Tehran, where clashes took place. Gonabadi Dervishes protesting the arrest of one of their members in front of a police station in Tehran on Monday 19 Feb. Iranian sufi Dervishes of …

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  • 22 February

    Israel Counters Iran’s New Missile With ‘Successful’ Interceptor Test

    VOA —Israel and its U.S. ally say they have successfully tested an anti-missile system that would protect the Jewish state from a potential long-range missile attack by its regional rival, Iran. Monday’s test of the Arrow 3 interceptor comes eight days after Iran displayed what it called a new version of a Ghadr missile with a 2,000-kilometer range that would …

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  • 22 February

    Disband the Revolutionary Courts in Iran (Video)

    Iran Human Rights – Almost four decades after the Iranian revolution, the Islamic Revolutionary courts are still playing a major role in the Iranian judiciary system. According to IHR records, from 2010 to 2016, more than 3000 people have been executed by the Islamic Revolutionary Courts. Suppressing protests, arresting activists, long-term prison sentences, capital punishment, and repression and assault of …

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  • 22 February

    IRAN: HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL SHOULD RENEW THE MANDATE OF THE UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON IRAN AMID WORSENING HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD

    Amnesty – Written Statement to UN Human Rights Council thirty-seventh session: Amnesty International is concerned at the scale of human rights violations in Iran perpetrated against the backdrop of the country’s improving relations with the international community. The Iranian authorities have continued to use the death penalty against juvenile offenders at a pace that appears to be accelerating; heavily suppressed …

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  • 22 February

    Iranians Debate Use of Violence Against Security Forces After Clashes With Sufi Gonabadis Leave Three Dead

    CHRI – Clashes among members of a predominantly peaceful minority faith in Iran and security forces have resulted in a discussion on social media among Iranians about the use of violence as a form of self-defense. “Mr. Dervish! There is no common ground between peaceful protest, sticks and Molotov cocktails. Don’t become fodder for this fire. Smoke from this fire …

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  • 22 February

    Seven Rights Activists Denied Legal Counsel After Being Arrested by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry

    CHRI – Seven civil rights activists detained in Evin Prison since February 1, 2018, have been denied access to legal counsel, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. A source with firsthand knowledge of the cases identified the detainees as Behnam Mousivand, Shima Babaei, Dariush Zand, Saeed Eghbali, Saeed Seifijahan, Mahmoud Masoumi and Nader Afshari. “They are …

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  • 22 February

    Iranian film on Tehran’s role in Syria war creates controversy

    Al-Monitor – Iranian director Ebrahim Hatamikia‘s “Damascus Time” is the first major Iranian film about the country’s presence in Syria. Ever since its first screening at Iran’s Fajr International Film Festival in February, the film has caused controversy, both for its take on the subject and its artistic value.

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  • 22 February

    Trump set to oppose Boeing deal with Iran Air: Report

    PayvandNews – Officials at the Trump administration are using a case against an Iranian airliner to thwart a multibillion-dollar deal between Boeing and flag carrier Iran Air for the sale of new passenger planes, US reports say. The push comes as President Donald Trump is considering whether to grant licenses to Boeing to sell 80 planes to Iran Air under …

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  • 22 February

    The conductor smashing Iranian taboos over women, and music

    Guardian – In her 38-year career, which is as long as the history of the Islamic republic, Iran’s first and only female conductor had led as many public performances as the number of fingers that hold her baton. Last month, however, Nezhat Amiri conducted a 71-member orchestra performing at Tehran’s most prestigious concert hall – a remarkable milestone in a …

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  • 22 February

    US turns focus to Asia over Iran trade after milking European banks

    PayvandNews – US authorities say they are turning their focus to Asia to strangle financial transactions with Iran after closing off money flows through European banks. The shift underscores the current US administration’s disdain for a landmark nuclear deal which should have paved the way for Iran’s reconnection to the international banking system. Bloomberg ✔ @business Iran has found a …

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  • 21 February

    US Cracks Down on 4 Companies For Providing Aircraft Parts To Iran’s Mahan Air

    RFL/RE – The US has suspended the export licenses of a Turkish company and three of its subsidiary firms for exporting US-made aircraft parts to an Iranian Airline. CBS News reported on Monday that the US took the measure in early February, but the media missed the story. The report quoted US deputy-secretary of commerce Mira Ricardel as having said …

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  • 21 February

    “Iran Will Level Tel Aviv To the Ground,” Says Top Iran Official

    RFL/RE – Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council, Mohsen Rezai has said on February 20 that “Iran will level Tel Aviv to the ground if Israel takes any measure [against Iran].” He was speaking at an official Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) ceremony. The statement by Rezai, a former commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), was made as a …

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  • 21 February

    Iran: Man Gets 100 Lashes In Northern City Of Rasht

    Iran-HRM – The sentence of100 lashes for a man identified by his initials as M.Gh was carried out in the northern city of Rasht on charges of murder and rape, the state-run Rokna news agency reported on February 15, 2018.

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  • 21 February

    Iran: Three Political Prisoners Sentenced To Death After Severe Torture

    Iran-HRM – In the past week, the Supreme Court confirmed the death sentences for three political prisoners identified as Ismael Sheh Bakhsh, 24, Dor-Mohammad Sheh Bakhsh, 20, and Pakistan national Hayatollah (Enayatollah) Nikzehi, 26. They have all been charged in one case to moharebeh (enmity with God) by the judge of the 2nd Branch of the Zahedan Revolutionary Court. Two …

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  • 21 February

    Iran: Two Men Executed In Ahwaz

    Iran-HRM – On Thursday, February 15, the Ahwaz Intelligence Department announced the execution of two young Arab men. 

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  • 21 February

    Iran: Sistan And Baluchistan Burning In Drought

    Iran-HRM – Reza Arbabi, the Director General of the Crisis Management Department of Sistan and Baluchestan Province, said that about 100% of the area of ​​the province suffered from moderate to very severe drought. “Currently, the province’s dams are only 40% full, and the remaining 60 percent is empty. To compensate for the losses, 70 billion tomans (about 19000 dollars) …

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  • 21 February

    Iran Protests Over Sweden’s Granting Of Citizenship To Prisoner

    RFL/RE – The Iranian Foreign Ministry says it has summoned the Swedish ambassador to protest over the country’s granting of citizenship to a Stockholm-based scientist who is being held in Tehran and faces a death sentence. Iran’s official IRNA news agency quoted ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying that the Swedish envoy in Tehran had been summoned in protest on …

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  • 21 February

    Imprisonment Sentences of Two Activists Upheld by Appeals Court

    HRANA News Agency – The primitive court verdict for Ghasem Ghanbari and Mir Mohammad Miri, two political activists from the village of Dale in Gachsaran District, who had been previously sentenced to two years of imprisonment and lashes on charges of propaganda against the regime and insulting the leadership, was upheld by the third branch of the Court of Appeals …

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  • 21 February

    Arash Sadeghi in a Critical Health Condition in Rajai Shahr Prison

    HRANA News Agency – Arash Sadeghi who has been exiled to Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj, after two months since he has been transferred from Evin to this prison, is still in a poor health condition and is denied of having access to health care services. This prisoner who has undergone a long hunger strike and needs serious medical and …

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  • 21 February

    Tehran Police Open Fire on Sufi Gonabadi Protesters as Clashes Leave Several Dead

    CHRI – A protest by followers of Iran’s Muslim Sufi Gonabadi Order was attacked with police fire and tear gas near the home of the faith’s spiritual leader, Nour Ali Tabandeh, in Tehran on February 19, 2018. 

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  • 21 February

    1,000 Days in Prison: Narges Mohammadi Condemns Iranian Judiciary’s “Subservience” to Security Agencies

    CHRI – Human rights advocate Narges Mohammadi, who recently marked her 1,000th day of imprisonment in Iran, has strongly condemned Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani for his “subservience” to the country’s security establishment. “Your Excellency has repeatedly claimed that the Judiciary is an independent institution,” wrote Mohammadi in an open letter from Tehran’s Evin Prison. “However, such claims do not …

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  • 21 February

    Six factors driving Iran’s sudden currency devaluation

    Al-Monitor – A major and unexpected devaluation of the rial on the free currency market has taken many in Iran by surprise. Analysis of the behavior patterns in the Iranian foreign exchange market suggests that six main parameters need to be assessed to understand what has contributed to recent events. First is the application of the inflation differential between Iran …

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