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More People Fell Under Poverty Line As Iran's Currency Lost Value

- Parliament Research Center of the Iranian legislature says that eleven percent more people have fallen below poverty line in the Tehran region, as the national currency rial has lost value. -Radio Farda - 12/12/18

US, EU exports to Iran soar despite sanctions

- The US and Europe diverge on the need to uphold a landmark nuclear deal with Iran, but their trade path has taken a curiously similar trajectory since Washington reimposed sanctions on Tehran in August. While Iran's exports to the United States almost reached zero in October, its imports from the country grew, a month after the first round of the sanctions was imposed, new data has shown. Meanwhile, German exports to the Islamic Republic soared during the period. -Press TV - 12/12/18

Labor Activists Detained, Released As Strikes And Protests Continue In Iran

- Five labor and civil rights activists detained by the Iranian security forces have been released, the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (SWTSBC) announced on December 11, hours after reporting their detainment. -Radio Farda - 12/12/18

China steady on Iran oilfields, to ditch South Pars project: Report

- China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) has decided to continue investing in two major Iranian oilfields but suspend investment in the South Pars natural gas project, Reuters claimed on Wednesday. CNPC convinced the US to continue investing in the North Azadegan and Masjid-i-Suleiman (MIS) oilfields, the news agency quoted two unidentified Chinese sources as saying. -Press TV - 12/12/18

Student Activists Educate Iran's President About Political Repression at University Campuses

- Four months after 19 university students in Iran were issued harsh prison sentences for attending protests, the country's president declared that Iran's "universities are the freest in the world." "I don't think there's another country where students can express their opinions and criticisms so freely," President Hassan Rouhani boasted in the city of Semnan on December 5, 2018, during a speech marking Iran's Student Day, which was on December 7.-CHRI - 12/11/18

Khomeini's Great-Grandson Fends Off Firestorm Over 'Luxurious' Lifestyle

- The great-grandson of the famously ascetic leader of Iran's 1979 revolution*, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, has been forced to defend his seemingly lavish lifestyle. Ahmad Khomeini was responding to the circulation online of a photo showing the 21-year-old cleric at an equestrian club in fashionable sunglasses and a Nike sweatshirt standing next to a young woman in a riding helmet. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 12/11/18

Iran's President Rouhani Defends Anti-Corruption Bills, Citing Lower Cost Of Living

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has lambasted critics for blocking the government's plan to join international anti-money laundering conventions such as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). "Without cooperation with foreign banks, the cost of living would be 20 percent higher. Passing FATF bills means costs would decrease 20 percent," Rouhani said -Radio Farda - 12/11/18

Students Tell President Rouhani 'Thunder Of Military Boots' Being Heard Across Iran

- In a letter to President Hassan Rouhani more than 500 student activists have condemned the expanding presence of security agencies and "the deepening atmosphere of repression" dominating universities in Iran. The students have also criticized what they say is "competition" between intelligence organs in suppressing Iranian students and others, including teachers, workers, and dervishes across the country. -Radio Farda - 12/10/18

Imprisoned Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Mohammad Najafi Slapped With Additional Charges

- Imprisoned human rights lawyer Mohammad Najafi appeared at Branch 1 of Iran's Revolutionary Court in Arak, Markazi Province, to face four additional charges that could keep him behind bars for many more years for attempting to peacefully seek justice for a now-deceased client. -CHRI - 12/10/18

Hardline Iranian MP Says Half Of Parliament Bent On Overthrowing Regime

- A former commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and current MP has accused 50% of his colleagues in Majles (Iranian parliament) of seeking the demise of the Iranian regime. -Radio Farda - 12/10/18

Iranian MP Says 'American Spies' Visited Iran As Civilian Experts

- Members of a "US military group" who visited Iran were "presumably" spies, the chairman of the Public Works Commission of Iran's parliament has said. The group entered Iran to negotiate about obtaining OFAC permits for selling planes to Iran, Mohammad-Reza Rezaei Kouchi asserted, without mentioning any date. -Radio Farda - 12/10/18

Iran Conservatives Bent On Punishing Outspoken MP Mahmoud Sadeghi

- Iran's influential Guardian Council (GC) has pressed charges against Tehran's outspoken MP, Mahmoud Sadeghi, who has accused the council of "financial corruption", GC's spokesman disclosed on Friday, December 6. -Radio Farda - 12/8/18

U.S. Seeks Extradition Of Chinese Executive In Iran Sanctions Case

- U.S. authorities are seeking the extradition of a top executive of China's Huawei Technologies over charges that she misled U.S. banks over the company's business dealings with Iran. No decision was reached after a six-hour bail hearing in a court in Vancouver, Canada, meaning that Meng Wanzhou will spend the weekend in jail. The hearing will resume on December 10. -RFE/RL - 12/8/18

Haft Tappeh Labor Activists Beaten at Khuzestan Intelligence Ministry Center, Say Relatives

- Detained labor activists Esmail Bakhshi and Sepideh Gholian were beaten during interrogations at the Intelligence Ministry's detention center in the Iranian city of Shush, Khuzestan Province, according to relatives who visited them on December 4, 2018. - 12/8/18

Imprisoned Iranian Activist Reza Khandan Defies Politically Motivated Charges, Demands Public Trial

- Detained civil rights activist Reza Khandan refused to appear at Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran on December 2, 2018, Mohammad Moghimi, who is trying to represent him, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on December 5. -CHRI - 12/7/18

Iran Nuclear Chief Hopes EU Will Deliver 'By The End Of The Year'

- Iran's most senior nuclear official expressed hope on December 6 that by the end of the year Europe will deliver on a proposed mechanism to continue trade with Iran and save the nuclear deal. -Radio Farda - 12/7/18

Iran Executive Says EU Has Not Renewed Steel Exports Deal

- A member of Iran Steel Association says that the European Union has not renewed the agreement to buy Iranian steel, pending the possible launch of a barter arrangement of trade, called Special Purpose Vehicle or SVP. -Radio Farda - 12/7/18

Iranian MPs From Caspian Sea Coast Vow To Stop Water Transfer Project

- Several MPs from the Mazandaran province on the Caspian Sea in northern Iran have denounced President Hassan Rouhani's recent decision to transfer water from the Caspian Sea to the parched province of Semnan as "unscientific" and "impractical," with irrevocably damaging consequences for the region's ecology and economy. -Radio Farda - 12/6/18

Deadly car bomb attack hits port city of Chabahar in southeast Iran

- A terrorist car bomb explosion has hit near a police post in Iran's southeastern port city of Chabahar, leaving two police officers dead and dozens of other people wounded. Local officials said terrorists attacked the police headquarters in Chabahar, located in the southeastern province of Sistan-and-Baluchestan, with an explosives-laden vehicle on Thursday morning. -Press TV - 12/6/18

Iran's missile program not in violation of UNSC Resolution 2231, FM Zarif tells US

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has rejected allegations by US officials that Iran's missile program violates Security Council Resolution 2231, saying the UN document does not ban Tehran's missile activities. -Press TV - 12/6/18

Defending Child Marriage, Policy Maker Says It Saves Girls From Prostitution

- A prominent member of the Islamic Republic's Cultural and Social Council for Women is defending child marriage, arguing it protects girls from a life of prostitution and illegal abortions. Fereshteh Rouhafza said told ILNA in an interview published on December 4, that in light of the rapidly growing number of increasingly young girls undergoing illegal abortions and joining the sex trade, "opposition to child marriage is wrong." -Radio Farda - 12/5/18

Iran's Revolutionary Guards Have Detained Two Academics Who Held Postings in Australia

- Two Iranian demography experts who have held academic postings in Australia have been detained in Iran since being arrested by agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in November 2018, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. - 12/5/18

Crackdown on Defense Lawyers in Iran: Amirsalar Davoudi Not Heard From Since Arrest

- Lawyer and civil rights activist Amirsalar Davoudi has not been heard from since his arrest by the judiciary's security agents on November 20, 2018, a source close to him informed the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on November 28th. - 12/5/18

As Sanctions Take Effect, Loss Of Oil Revenue Hits Iran's Budget

- The Iranian government has lost two thirds of its funding, according to statements from the head of the Islamic Republic's Planning and Budget Organization (PBO) that were quickly removed from official websites. Mohammad Bagher Nobakht painted the dire fiscal picture December 4 while speaking at a gathering of representatives of disabled people assembled at the PBO to protest cuts to government funds allocated to support them. -Radio Farda - 12/5/18

Despite Sanctions, India Manages To Import Iranian Oil

- Despite the ongoing U.S. sanctions on Iran, India continues to be one of the chief importers of Iranian oil. Indeed, the state owned petrochemical corporation Indian Oil is set to import up to 9 million barrels of Iranian oil in December. That is more than 20 percent of current Iranian oil exports. -Radio Farda - 12/5/18

World Day for Disabled People: Iranian minister calls on mayors to go to work on wheelchairs

- Iranian Welfare Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari has asked mayors to experience going to work on wheelchairs for a day to see whether the city is disability friendly for physically challenged people. "I ask [Pirouz] Hanachi [Tehran mayor] and mayors of other metropolises to go to work on wheelchair to see if it's possible or not. If not, they should start making cities accessible for such people," YJC quoted Shariatmadari as saying. - 12/4/18

No oil will go through Persian Gulf if US targets Iran's crude exports: President Rouhani

- President Hassan Rouhani has reaffirmed that the United States will not be able to stop Iran's oil sales, warning that no crude will find its way out of the Persian Gulf should Washington attempt to target Iranian crude exports. - 12/4/18

IRGC-Affiliated Media Report Dual National Among Group of Population Researchers Arrested in Iran

- An unknown number of university academics, including a dual national, who allegedly researched state population policies have been arrested in Iran, according to state media outlets. The main reports about the arrests, which do not include the detainees' names, were published by the Fars News Agency and Mashregh-both of which maintain close ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). -CHRI - 12/4/18

Iranian Female Billiard Player Gets Snookered On 'Un-Islamic Conduct' Charges

- Akram Mohammadi Amini, the first Iranian female billiards player to win an international medal, has been banned from competition for two years for allegedly violating Islamic dress code and smoking during a recent tournament. The decision was issued by the Islamic Republic's Billiards, Bowling, and Boxing Federation, which has also barred Amini from entering sports arenas for two years. The federation says Ms. Amini has the right to appeal the decision. -Radio Farda - 12/4/18

Detained Protester Reportedly Tortured as Iranian Sugar Mill Workers Demand Unpaid Wages

- Detained labor activist Esmail Bakhshi was hospitalized after being tortured under interrogation, according to Iranian labor sources. Bakhshi's colleague Ali Nejati was also arrested by security forces on the 25th day of protests by hundreds of Haft Tappeh workers demanding months of unpaid wages in the southwestern Iranian city of Shush. -CHRI - 12/4/18

Open Letter by Six Families of Dual and Foreign Nationals Imprisoned in Iran

- An Open Letter to World Leaders, Rights Organizations and Media Outlets: We are the families of political hostages in Iran, and we ask for your urgent action. We come from many countries, with different backgrounds and different perspectives, but we have banded together now to come to you as one voice. We shall remain quiet no longer. -CHRI - 12/3/18

Iran Steel Workers Come Out Into The Streets in Ahvaz On Sunday

- Videos and images published on social media confirm that steel workers in Ahvaz, capital of oil-rich Khuzestan province staged a large protest on Sunday and marched in the main streets of the city. The steel workers have been on strike and holding protests for the past 23 days; almost as long as their peers at the Shush sugarcane mill' also in Khuzestan, are still protesting despite the appointment of a new director at the factory. -Radio Farda - 12/3/18

Iraq Continues To Face Hurdles Due To Its Relations With Iran

- Amid U.S. sanctions on Iran, Iraq is currently facing a challenge in addressing energy needs and supply of other vital goods, as its chief supplier of natural resources and a key trading partner grapples with its own isolation. -Radio Farda - 12/3/18

Georgia Not Allowing Some Iranians To Enter The Country

- The Iranian embassy in Georgia has confirmed reports on December 2 about the deportation or entry ban of dozens of Iranian citizens from the Caucasus country. Georgia is one of the countries in Iran's vicinity that has visa free travel for Iranians and many visit the country or even choose to obtain residence permits and live in the Georgian capital Tbilisi. -Radio Farda - 12/3/18

Iran Sentences Journalist Hengameh Shahidi To 12 Years In Prison

- An Iranian revolutionary court has sentenced a journalist to a nearly 13-year prison term over security charges, Iranian media report. Reformist journalist Hengameh Shahidi can appeal the verdict that sentenced her to 12 years and 9 months in jail. She has also been banned from joining political groups, media activity, and leaving the country. - 12/2/18

Prominent Iranian Attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh Facing Additional Charge For Defending Human Rights

- Imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been slapped with an additional charge for allegedly receiving a cash prize from the European Parliament six years ago-a human rights award she never physically received, a source close to her told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 12/2/18

Iran launches Sahand radar evading destroyer in Persian Gulf

- On Saturday, the Iranian Navy was delivered a radar-evading destroyer called Sahand. It is the most advanced of its kind in West Asia. The destroyer, designed and built by Iranian experts, joined the Navy at a base in the port city of Bandar Abbas, at the mouth of the strategic Strait of Hormuz. - 12/2/18

Fearing Punishment, Iran's Students Turn Away From Politics

- Nearly ten years after a harsh crackdown ended Iran's youth-driven Green Movement, sometimes called the "Persian Spring," it appears university students have lost their appetite for political activism amid ever tighter restrictions on freedom of speech. -Radio Farda - 11/30/18

IRAN: Fallout Over Zarif's Money Laundering Comments Deepens

- The Islamic Republic's Prosecutor-General says Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's recent accusations of rampant money laundering in Iran are baseless, and the conservative block in Iran's parliament is threatening to have him impeached over his comments. - 11/30/18

Russia's Putin endorses deal for Iran-EEU free trade zone

- Russia's President Vladimir Putin has endorsed a much-awaited agreement for the establishment of a free trade zone between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) thus facilitating the process for the Islamic Republic to join the Moscow-led regional economic bloc. - 11/29/18

Secretary Pompeo Says Reducing Ties With Saudis Will Encourage Iran

- Pompeo's remarks coincided with a closed session of the United States Senate that debated a response to Saudi Arabia for the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The senators passed a resolution to pull U.S. support from the war in Yemen, in what is seen as a rebuke to both Riyadh and President Donald Trump. -Radio Farda - 11/29/18

New Tehran Mayor Receives Confirmation After Long Delay

- The spokesman of Iran's interior ministry has finally announced the confirmation of Tehran mayor's appointment in a tweet, The Tehran City Council elected Pirouz Hanachi as new mayor more than two weeks ago, but his confirmation dragged on, apparently as the interior ministry was waiting for approval from the intelligence ministry. -Radio Farda - 11/29/18

Two New Ghadir-Class Submarines Join Iran's Naval Fleet

- Two Ghadir-class submarines capable of launching subsurface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes and mines have joined Iran's naval fleet. The submarines were unveiled during a ceremony at the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas on Thursday. - 11/29/18

Activists Welcome FIFA Deadline For Iran to Lift Discriminatory Ban on Women in Stadiums

- The Open Stadiums campaign, which describes itself as a "movement of Iranian women seeking to end discrimination and let women enter stadiums," welcomed the board's recommendations on Iran as a "Great achievement for Iranian female football fans who insisted for their right to enter to stadiums for more than 13 years." - 11/28/18

Iran, EU reiterate resolve to abide by JCPOA despite US exit

- Iran and the European Union have once again stressed their resolve to keep the 2015 nuclear deal alive despite the unilateral US withdrawal from the international accord. In a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi and the EU's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherin, agreed on the need for staying committed to the landmark agreement, according to a press release by the European External Action Service (EEAS). -Press TV - 11/28/18

Newly Elected Tehran Mayor Pirooz Hanachi Still Waiting For Security Clearance

- While the fate of the newly elected pro-reform Mayor of Tehran is still in limbo, Majles (Iranian parliament) has stepped in to follow up his case. -Radio Farda - 11/28/18

Iranian Doctors Protest Outside Parliament, Demand Hospitalization of Detained Colleague

- A group of Iranian doctors has staged a protest outside Iran's parliament to demand hospital treatment for a detained human rights activist Farhad Meysami who has been on a hunger strike for months. -Michael Lipin and Ramin Haghjoo, VOA - 11/28/18

'Nothing Left' For Iran In JCPOA: Deputy FM Araqchi

- Tehran has no benefit from the nuclear deal anymore since Washington reimposed sanctions on Iran, the Islamic Republic's deputy foreign minister for political affairs, warned on Monday, November 26. "The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is in a "critical situation" Abbas Araqchi insisted, adding, "This is a reality". -Radio Farda - 11/27/18

Three Members of Persecuted Baha'i Faith Summoned to Prison in Iran While Five Others Arrested

- Dorri Amri (Esmailpour), 44, began serving her one-year prison sentence in Vakilabad Prison in the Iranian city of Mashhad on November 14, 2018, for allegedly propagating her Baha'i faith, a source with knowledge of the case told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on November 19. - 11/27/18

FIFA Human Rights Panel Urges Tough Line On Iran's Ban Of Female Fans

- The FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board has called on the soccer body to set a deadline for ending Iran's ban on women attending male sporting events. "FIFA should be explicit" giving the Iranian soccer federation a timetable to comply, and should warn of "anticipated sanctions if it does not," the FIFA-appointed human rights experts said in a report published on November 26. -RFE/RL - 11/27/18

Officials cite security as data shows drop in US visas granted to Iranian students,

- The United States has granted fewer visas to Iranian students over the past months, a trend that is blamed on President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban on Iran and several other Muslim nations. According to the Institute of International Education (IIE), which tracks foreign students in the US, there are around 12,800 Iranians studying in the country, the highest in decades. However, there are signs the figure is taking a nosedive. -Press TV - 11/26/18

Iran's Inflation Rate Soars To Nearly 35 Percent

- The Iranian Statistical Center has announced that the inflation rate in Iran for the period between 23 October and 22 November has risen by 34.9 percent compared to the same period last year. The center has calculated the rise in the inflation rate based on price indexes for consumer goods and services. -Radio Farda - 11/26/18

Iran hopes e-Visa can attract more foreign tourists

- Iran has begun to issue electronic visa for foreign tourists as part of a larger initiative to cope with the restrictions imposed by the US administration on those traveling to the country. Iran issues electronic Visas for foreign tourists in 110 domestic and international airports. There is no difference between Iran's electronic and normal visas in terms of duration. The new Visa provides foreign tourists with a chance to visit Iran without any concern. -Press TV - 11/25/18

VP For Legal Affairs Says Iran Needs Transparency Laws To Rein In Dirty Money

- Laila Joneydi the Vice President for Legal Affairs has weighed in on Iran's money laundering legislation controversy. According to ISNA, Joneydi said that money from "organized crime" enters the Iranian financial system because there is "no data about the source and destination" of money transfers. -Radio Farda - 11/25/18

Iran's Bank Melli says German branch's telecom services 'not disconnected'

- Iran's largest commercial lender, Bank Melli, has rejected reports that its branch in Germany's Hamburg has become disconnected from phone and internet services as a result of US sanctions. Bank Melli announced in a statement as reported by the domestic media that all of its overseas branches remained connected to phone and internet services. -Press TV - 11/25/18

UN Watchdog IAEA Says Iran Sticking To Nuclear Deal Amid U.S. Sanctions

- Iran is implementing its part of a landmark nuclear deal with world powers, the UN atomic watchdog monitoring the pact reaffirmed on November 22, two weeks after the United States reimposed sanctions against Tehran. - 11/23/18

Second Peaceful Teachers' Strike in Iran Met With Arrests, Summons and Threats

- Iranian security and judicial authorities responded to the second round of peaceful teachers' rights strikes by arresting and summoning alleged participants in several cities across the nation. -CHRI - 11/23/18

European Contacts With Tehran Continue As Iran Demands A Trade Arrangement

- As British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt travelled to Tehran this week and met with senior Iranian officials, a French diplomat also visited the county in what Iran claimed to be a new European initiative to assure the Islamic Republic of their intention to help in trade despite U.S. sanctions. -Radio Farda - 11/23/18

Bookkeepers, Mad Mullahs, And The Sources Of Iranian Conduct

- The Trump administration's policy of "maximum pressure" on Iran so far shows no sign of inducing any desirable change in Iranian policy. Several reasons underlie this failure. The administration has given the Iranian regime no realistic proposition to which it could say "yes" even if it were so inclined, instead issuing a list of broad and unrealistic demands that would amount to Iran rolling over and playing dead. -Paul Pillar - 11/21/18

Colleagues Of Iranian FM Zarif's Come To His Defense As Impeachment Talk Conitues

- While signature collection is reportedly underway in Majles (Iran's parliament) to impeach the Islamic Republic's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, his subordinates have raised voices to defend their boss. Talk of Zarif's impeachment by some conservative MPs on Monday became more pointed on Tuesday as one MP claimed collecting signatures has already begun. -Radio Farda - 11/21/18

Trump: US Interests Outweigh Harshly Punishing Saudis for Killing Journalist

- U.S. President Donald Trump says turning his back on Saudi Arabia, despite its responsibility for killing a U.S.-based journalist, "would be a terrible mistake." Any human rights concerns are outweighed by U.S. national security and economic interests, the president said. -Steve Herman, VOA - 11/21/18

More Iranian Officials Warn Europe Over Lack Of Progress On Trade

- Iran's deputy foreign minister says Europe is "incapable" of creating the promised financial mechanism (SPV) and countries refuse to host the financial institution for saving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. - 11/21/18

85 Countries Vote to Pass UN Resolution Urging Iran to Halt Widespread Human Rights Violations

- With two more votes than the previous year, the UN General Assembly's Third Committee approved a resolution urging Iran to address a list of human rights violations including the widespread use of arbitrary detention. Eighty-five countries voted to adopt resolution A/C.3/73/L.42, which was presented on November 15, 2018, with 30 countries voting against and 68 abstaining. Last year, 83 countries had voted in favor of that year's resolution on Iran. -CHRI - 11/20/18

IRAN: Ayatollah Blasts FM Zarif Comments As MP Talks Of His Impeachment

- Following implicit criticism of foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif by the conservative head of Iran's Judiciary, a member of parliament says that Zarif's impeachment process has begun. On Monday, the Judiciary's Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani dismissed Zarif's recent comments about high level of money laundering in Iran, describing it as a "stab right into the heart" of the Islamic Republic ruling system. - 11/20/18

Steel and Sugarcane Workers Rally in Ahvaz, Iran to Demand Unpaid Wages

- Workers from the Iran National Steel Industrial Group (NSIG) in Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, held rallies November 10-14, 2018, demanding two months of unpaid salaries and in protest against the unannounced and sudden halt of production at the plant. -CHRI - 11/20/18

Iran's gold rush seeks to insulate economy from US sanctions

- Iran is stepping up production of precious metals to cushion its economy against the effects of new US sanctions which have triggered a flurry of panic buying of gold by some citizens. Iran Minerals Production and Supply Company, a subsidiary of state-owned mining group IMIDRO, plans to revitalize six small-scale gold and copper mines in the provinces of West and East Azarbaijan, Isfahan and South Khorasan. - 11/20/18

US economic sanctions restrict Iran's access to medical, health services: IRIMC

- The Islamic Republic of Iran Medical Council (IRIMC) says illegal economic sanctions imposed by the United States against Tehran have negative impacts on the country's health sector, calling for an immediate and humanitarian solution to the issue. -Press TV - 11/19/18

British Foreign Secretary arrives in Tehran for nuclear deal talks

- British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has met with his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in the Iranian capital Tehran for talks that were expected to focus on a 2015 multilateral nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic. The British official arrived in the Iranian capital earlier on Monday and later met with Zarif. -Press TV - 11/19/18

Iran, Iraq Vow To Significantly Boost Trade Despite U.S. Sanctions

- Iran and Iraq have vowed to significantly boost trade despite the United States imposing new crippling economic sanctions against Tehran. Under the sanctions regime, countries that do business with Iran without U.S. waivers risk hefty fines, a threat that has forced many trade partners to cut ties with the Islamic republic. But Iranian President Hassan Rohani said annual bilateral trade with Iraq could rise to $20 billion from the current $12 billion. -RFE/RL - 11/19/18

Tensions Rise In Shush, Iran As Many Workers, Labor Leaders Arrested

- Following days of protests by workers in Shush, southwest Iran, the labor union at the Haft Tappeh sugar factory reports that up to 19 workers have been arrested by security forces. Earlier, the Governor-General of Khuzestan province had confirmed that four workers had been arrested during labor protests against long overdue wages. -Radio Farda - 11/19/18

Over 1,000 Iranian Activists Back Jailed Environmentalists in Letter to Judiciary

- More than 1,000 Iranian civil society activists have signed a letter to Iran's judiciary chief urging him to resolve the case of eight environmentalists jailed since January and February on suspicion of being spies. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 11/16/18

Iran's Currency Rial Rises Helped By Central Bank Interventions

- The Iranian currency rial has rebounded in recent days, rising to 120,000 to the U.S. dollar, on the open market midday Thursday, recuperating some of the losses it endured in recent months. The rial, which was trading around 30,000 to the dollar at the beginning of 2018, began a steep decline in March and reached to as low as 180,000 before stabilizing around 150,000 in recent weeks. -Radio Farda - 11/15/18

Iran's Execution of Two Traders Convicted in Iran's New Corruption Courts Is Unlawful

- The hanging today of two individuals who were convicted of economic crimes in Iran's new corruption courts is unlawful and inhumane, as these courts deny due process and do not allow for fair trials, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said on November 14. -CHRI - 11/15/18

Iran's Poorly Paid Teachers on Nationwide Strike for 2nd Day

- Iranian teachers have gone on a nationwide strike for a second consecutive day to demand better working conditions for their poorly paid profession, one month after their last mass protest. Photos posted on the Telegram channel of the Coordinating Council of Teachers Syndicates in Iran (CCTSI) showed elementary and high school teachers staging sit-ins and holding protest signs in and outside their offices in at least 27 Iranian cities Wednesday. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 11/15/18

Banning Imprisoned Iranian Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh From Seeing Her Children is Cruel and Unlawful

- Imprisoned defense attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh has sued Iranian authorities for banning her from seeing her children and other family in Evin Prison for the past two months under the pretext of her alleged "improper hijab." "First the Iranian authorities imprisoned Sotoudeh for defending human rights and now they're harassing her in jail by taking away the few rights she has left, including visits with her children," said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 11/15/18

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