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Iranian-Americans Condemn Trump's Travel Ban

- The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) have issued press releases condemning Trump administration's new travel ban targeting Iranians. - 9/25/17

Documentary: Iranians Non-Grata

- "Iranians Non-Grata" is a short documentary by Human Capital of Iran project that uncovers the personal stories of prominent Iranian students who have been affected by the President #Trump #ExecutiveOrder known as the #MuslimBan or the #TravelBan. - 9/25/17

Iranian FM says Trump's new travel ban shows his fake empathy for Iranians

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that US President Donald Trump's new travel ban is proof of his fake empathy for Iranians. "Trump's fake empathy for Iranians rings ever more hollow, with his new and even more offensive travel ban against such outstanding citizens," Tweeted Zarif. - 9/25/17

Trump's New Travel Ban Targets Iran; Adds North Korea, Venezuela

- President Donald Trump has issued new restrictions on people trying to enter the United States from eight nations -- adding North Korea and Venezuela to a list that also includes Iran -- to replace his expiring travel ban. Trump signed a proclamation on September 24 implementing a range of restrictions that will apply to citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, and Venezuela. - 9/25/17

Trump Weighs Replacing Temporary Travel Ban With New Restrictions

- U.S. President Donald Trump is considering replacing his temporary travel ban on people from six predominantly Muslim countries with an order targeted at countries that have not satisfied U.S. demands for stringent safeguards against extremists, U.S. officials said. The currently temporary ban on visas for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen is due to expire on September 24. - 9/23/17

Iranian Workers in City of Arak, Peacefully Demanding Unpaid Wages, Beaten and Arrested by Anti-Riot Police

- Anti-riot police forces stormed peaceful protests by workers at two industrial units in Arak, the capital of Iran's Central Province, on September 19, 2017, and arrested several people, according to information received by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). A labor activist who asked not to be identified for security reasons told CHRI that day that several workers were detained during the protests against the Heavy Equipment Production Company (HEPCO) and the Azarab Industries Company. - 9/22/17

The Minister is Wrong: Using Circumvention Tools to Access Censored Websites in Iran is Legal

- Iranian Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi was incorrect when he stated recently that using software to access censored online content in Iran is illegal. Indeed, no such law exists. "Using circumvention tools is illegal," he told the state broadcasting organization, abbreviated as IRIB, on September 14, 2017. "As minister of telecommunications, I have the authority to go online without them, so I don't use circumvention tools," - 9/21/17

Iran Summons Award-Winning Filmmaker To Court

- Iranian authorities have asked award-winning filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof to report to the prosecutor's office after confiscating his passport upon arrival in Tehran. Rasoulof's passport was taken away at Tehran's airport on September 15 as he returned from the United States, where he had screened his latest film, A Man Of Integrity (Lerd), at the Telluride film festival. - 9/20/17

Iran: Kurdish Activists Detained for Protesting Killing of Border Couriers

- Six Kurdish artists and activists are being detained in Dizelabad Prison in Iran's Kermanshah Province for protesting the latest killing by Iranian border guards of "kulbars," the Persian word for border-crossing couriers, a source close to the detainees told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 9/20/17

UN Group Says Two Americans, Siamak and Baguer Namazi, Unjustly Held In Iran

- A United Nations human rights group has called on Iran to immediately release two Iranian-Americans, Siamak Namazi and his 81-year-old father Baguer Namazi, describing their imprisonment as a violation of international law. The two are serving 10-year prison sentences on spying charges. - 9/19/17

Baha'i Leader Released from Prison in Iran After 10 Years; Six Other Baha'i Leaders Remain Behind Bars

- The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) welcomes the release of the Baha'i leader, Mahvash Sabet, who was unjustly imprisoned in Iran for 10 years on the sole basis of her religion. CHRI calls for the immediate release of the six other Baha'i leaders, who have all been imprisoned in Iran since 2008, and an end to the state-led persecution of the Baha'i community. - 9/19/17

Imprisoned for Producing Music, Yousef Emadi Sentenced to Another Year Behind Bars

- An imprisoned Iranian music producer has been sentenced to an additional year in prison on new charges brought by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. Yousef Emadi was supposed to be released on parole in 2017 after serving one year for producing underground music without a license. His co-defendants, Mehdi and Hossein Rajabian, were granted parole in June 2017. - 9/17/17

Iran's Intelligence Ministry Arrests Woman For Asking About Brother and Infant Niece's Disappearance

- Raheleh Rahemipour has been arrested by the Intelligence Ministry in Iran for refusing to give up her search for answers about her missing brother and infant niece, whom Rahemipour says disappeared after the baby was born in Evin Prison in 1984. Rahemipour was detained at her home in Tehran on September 10, 2017, and transferred to Evin Prison, a source close to the family told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 9/17/17

Rouhani's Intelligence Ministry is Keeping Prominent Rights Lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani in Prison, Says Daughter

- Abdolfattah Soltani, who spent most of his legal career defending political prisoners before becoming one himself, continues to be denied parole and adequate medical treatment as he enters his seventh year in prison, his daughter told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 9/14/17

Imprisoned Iranian Teacher's Rights Activist: I am Legally Entitled to a Public Trial

- An imprisoned teachers' rights activist has been refusing food and water, pledging to continue his hunger strike until his 14-year combined prison sentence is reviewed in a public trial. Mahmoud Beheshti-Langroudi, the former spokesman for the Iranian Teachers' Trade Association (ITTA), was taken to Evin Prison in Tehran on September 12, 2017, to serve the sentences that were issued for his peaceful defense of labor rights. - 9/14/17

Iranian VP for Women's Affairs Calls Ban on Females in Sports Stadiums "Discrimination"

- Three days after Iranian women were barred from entering a stadium in Tehran to watch an international soccer match, President Hassan Rouhani's top female adviser described the ban as discriminatory. Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar was reacting to Syrian women being allowed inside Azadi Stadium during a World Cup qualifier match between Iran and Syria on September 5, while Iranian women, even those holding tickets, were banned from entry. - 9/13/17

Iranian women urge UN to stop violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

- A group of women-based Iranian organizations and formations in a letter sent to the United Nations asked the international body to act immediately to end the violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. They seriously condemned the plight of Rohingya women and children and appealed to the Myanmar government, UN officials, human rights organizations, Muslim states, and human right activists to make efforts to solve the problem of Rohingya Muslims. Also, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called Aung San Suu Kyi a "cruel woman" in which crimes against Rohingya Muslims are taking place under her eyes. - 9/12/17

Iran's IRGC Brings "Revenge" Charges Against Man Imprisoned for Facebook Posts and His Wife

- An Iranian man imprisoned for his social media postings could face several more years behind bars if he is convicted of new charges brought against him by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). His wife may also be imprisoned. - 9/11/17

Following Apple's footsteps, Google Play drops Iranian apps

- Digital service distributor Google Play has followed Apple's lead in removing Iranian apps from its store, citing US sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Companies such as Google and Apple were hosting Iranian apps reportedly under a license issued by former President Barack Obama's administration in 2014 but it is not clear why they have stopped those services now. - 9/10/17

Iranian Authorities Ignore Starving Political Prisoners at Rajaee Shahr Prison, Restrict Family Visitations

- Forty days after more than 15 political prisoners went on a mass hunger strike in Iran's Rajaee Shahr Prison, the authorities are preventing some of the strikers in the poorest physical condition from receiving outside medical treatment and punishing the protesters by restricting family visitations. - 9/10/17

Iran's Supreme Leader Forbids Discrimination Against Minorities in Rare Outreach to Sunnis

- Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has expressed opposition to "discrimination and inequality" against Iranian minorities in response to a plea from the country's most senior Sunni cleric. "In accordance with religious teachings and the Constitution, all the institutions of the Islamic Republic have a duty to refrain from any discrimination or inequality towards Iranians from any ethnicity, race or faith," said the ayatollah in response to a letter from Sunni cleric Molavi Abdolhamid Ismaeelzahi. - 9/10/17

Yemen: Hiding Behind Coalition's Unlawful Attacks

- Members of the Saudi-led coalition have sought to avoid international legal liability by refusing to provide information on their role in alleged unlawful airstrikes in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said today. In 2017, Human Rights Watch wrote to the coalition and its current and former members urging them to release information on their investigations and findings of laws-of-war violations as required by international law. None have replied. - 9/10/17

Protest Against Killing of Couriers in Iran's Kurdistan Province Attacked by Security Forces

- A protest was met with tear gas in the city of Baneh in northwestern Iran on September 5, 2017, after people gathered in front of the local governor's office to demonstrate against the killing by Iranian border guards of two "kulbars," the Farsi word for border-crossing couriers. - 9/8/17

Iranian Family Launches Protest Over Concerts Canceled By Hard-Liners

- A family of four in Iran has launched a symbolic protest against the cancellation of concerts around the country on religious grounds. Ahmad Mehrchian and his wife, Zohreh Barati, decided to launch their protest after a concert by the veteran traditional musician Shahrem Nazeri (far left) and his son was canceled by authorities at short notice. - 9/8/17

Rouhani Government Remains on Sidelines Amid House Arrest Controversy

- The government of President Hassan Rouhani continues to avoid taking the initiative to resolve the six-and-a-half-year extrajudicial house arrests of ailing opposition leaders Mehdi Karroubi, Mir Hossein Mousavi and his wife Zahra Rahnavard. - 9/8/17

Iranian Sunni leader voices concerns to Khamenei

- AbdolHamid Ismail Zahi, better known as Molavi AbdolHamid, the Friday prayer leader in Zahedan and perhaps Iran's most prominent Sunni leader, thanked Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sept. 6 for publicly addressing Zahi's open letter regarding concerns about discrimination. -Al Monitor - 9/8/17

Iranian Actresses Barred From Traveling to Toronto Film Fest

- Two Iranian actresses won't be hitting the red carpet as their drama Ava makes its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Friday. The Canadian government has denied travel visas to 17-year-old Mahour Jabbari and 18-year-old Shayesteh Sajadi, according to the film's director, Sadaf Foroughi. -Hollywood Reporter - 9/8/17

Iranian Women Angered As Syrian Female Fans Allowed Into Soccer Match

- A double standard by Iranian authorities -- who allow foreign women to attend male sporting events while banning Iranian women -- came under fire during a World Cup qualifying soccer match between Iran and Syria. Iranian women, even those who had managed to buy tickets (apparently due a technical glitch), were denied entry and kept behind locked gates at Tehran's Azadi Stadium, where the match was held on September 5. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 9/7/17

Iran's President Rouhani urges Myanmar to stop crimes against Rohingya

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday urged the Myanmar government to put an end to vicious crimes against Rohingya Muslims in the Buddhist-majority country, ISNA reported. At least 123,000 Rohingya have fled from western Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh since late last month when violence erupted in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the UN said on Tuesday. - 9/7/17

Iranian Workers, Pensioners Protest Months of Delayed Wages

- Labour protests have become the order of the day in Tehran and other cities across the country with workers and pensioners demanding payment of their wages; however, employers have come to regard these delays as a matter of course and often express surprise at the workers demands. - 9/7/17

Amnesty International Report on Bahrain: A year of brutal government repression to crush dissent

- A new report published by Amnesty International today sheds light on the repressive tactics used by the Bahraini government over the past year to crush civil society and violently crack down on protests, leading to the deaths of six people, including one child. - 9/7/17

Iran Columnist Serving 10 Years Protests Her Illegal Prison Sentence Extension

- Imprisoned newspaper columnist Afarin Chitsaz has gone on hunger strike to protest the illegal extension of her two-year prison sentence that was scheduled to end this month, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. Chitsaz's mother, Maryam Azadpour, has meanwhile been sentenced for informing the media about her daughter's case, the lawyer told CHRI. - 9/6/17

Global Outcry Grows Over Violence Against Burma's Rohingya Muslims

- A global outcry over violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma is growing, with Muslim-ruled countries saying they will demand action at the United Nations over the reported killing of more than 400 Rohingya since last month. - 9/6/17

Iranian-British Grandfather Marks 78th Birthday in Tehran's Evin Prison

- Iranian-British grandfather Kamal Foroughi saw his 78th birthday pass on September 3, 2017, in Tehran's Evin Prison, where he has been serving a seven-year prison sentence for alleged espionage charges since 2011. "We're very worried about Dad's health," Foroughi's son, Kamran, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). "How many birthdays does he have left? Will Dad survive Evin Prison? Will we ever see him again?" - 9/6/17

Iranian Journalist Loses Eye and Part of His Face to Cancer Untreated While in Prison

- Prominent journalist Alireza Rajaee had his right eye and part of his jaw removed due to cancer which was left untreated when he was in prison in Iran between 2011 and 2015, his wife told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 9/4/17

UN Expert Concerned at Condition of Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Iran

- The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Asma Jahangir, today expressed her deep concern about the situation of a number of prisoners who have been on prolonged hunger strike to protest against their transfer to a high-security section of Rajai-Shahr prison in Karaj, West of Tehran, and about their treatment while in detention. - 9/3/17

Pro-Rouhani and Reformist Social Media Admins Sentenced to Prison in Iran

- Six administrators of Iranian reformist political channels on the Telegram messaging network have been sentenced to terms ranging from two to five years in prison. According to a verdict issued by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court, Nima Keshvari and Ali Ahmadnia were sentenced to five years in prison each, Saeed Naghdi, Javad Jamshidi to four years in prison each, Sobhan Jafari to three years in prison and Mojtaba Bagheri to two years in prison, their lawyer Ali Mojtahedzadeh told the semi-official Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA) on August 30, 2017. - 9/3/17

Iranian Security Forces Exit Karroubi's Home, As Pledged By Government

- Iran's Intelligence Ministry agents retreated from inside opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi's home in Tehran on August 29, a day before he was discharged from hospital, his son told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 9/1/17

Condition of Hunger Strikers in Iranian Prison Deteriorates while Judiciary Does Nothing

- The medical condition of more than a dozen political prisoners at Iran's Rajaee Shahr Prison, who have been on prolonged hunger strike to protest the inhumane conditions of their incarceration, is deteriorating rapidly, yet judicial and prison officials are neither providing proper medical treatment nor addressing the strikers' demands for humane conditions at the prison. - 8/31/17

In Letter to Judge, Iranian-American Demands Freedom for Himself and Wife

- Detained Iranian-American art dealer Karan Vafadari has written a letter from Evin Prison demanding that he and his wife be released for lack of any evidence supporting the espionage charges against them. "I don't know anything about the law and I only had a 10th-grade education in Iran, so I will leave my legal defense to my lawyer. But I will say this: all the charges against me and [my wife] Ms. Afarin Nayssari are, without exception, completely false," Vafadari wrote in his letter addressed to Judge Abolqasem Salavati of Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court. - 8/31/17

Iranian-Americans Bagher and Siamak Namazi Lose Appeal Against 10-Year Prison Sentence

- Iranian-American businessman Siamak Namazi and his 81-year-old father Baquer have lost their appeal against a 10-year prison sentence issued for undeclared "espionage" charges, according to their American lawyer. "I condemn in no uncertain terms the cruel and unjust decision of the Tehran Appeals Court," their lawyer, Jared Genser, said in a statement on August 28. - 8/30/17

Families Dismayed Over Lack of Attention to Hunger Strikers in Iranian Prisons

- The parents of two political prisoners on hunger strike have expressed concern about their condition and treatment inside Rajaee Shahr Prison, where more than a dozen inmates have been on hunger strike, some for nearly a month. "He's not good after almost 30 days on hunger strike," said Zahra Eghdami, the mother of Jafar (Shahin) Eghdami, in an interview with the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on August 27, 2017. - 8/30/17

Iranian Judiciary Official Opposes New Proposal Against Domestic Violence

- A senior Iranian judiciary official has voiced opposition to legislation against domestic violence which is being revived by President Hassan Rouhani's government after its first unsuccessful draft in parliament five years ago. - 8/29/17

Iranian Spiritual Leader Taheri Sentenced To Death

- Imprisoned Iranian spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri has been sentenced to death for a second time, two years after an initial death sentence that was overturned on appeal. Taheri's lawyer Mahmud Alizadeh Tabatabaei said on August 27 that Taheri has been sentenced after being convicted of "spreading corruption on Earth" for founding a group called the Circle of Mysticism. - 8/28/17

Tehran Prosecutor Calls Hunger Strikes "Threats" Amid Mass Strike by Political Prisoners at Rajaee Shahr Prison

- Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi has described hungers strikes undertaken by prisoners as "threats" that the judicial system will not "surrender to." Dowlatabadi made the comments as more than a dozen political prisoners entered the third week of a mass hunger strike at Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj. - 8/27/17

Reformist Iranian MP Calls for Judicial Investigation Into Imprisoned Journalist's Worsening Health

- A member of the Iranian Parliament has called on the judiciary to investigate reports about imprisoned reformist journalist Ehsan Mazandarani's deteriorating health after his wife publicly stated that he has been denied medical treatment despite being unable to keep food down. - 8/27/17

Iran Says Women Who Are Infertile Or Have 'Too Much Facial Hair' Can't Be Teachers

- If you're a woman and are infertile or have "too much facial hair" you can't become a teacher in Iran, according to a new list of conditions and illnesses issued by the Iranian Education Ministry that disqualifies applicants from being hired as teachers. - 8/25/17

President Rouhani VP Reaffirms Promises to Opposition Leader Mehdi Karroubi After Pushback by Judiciary

- Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri has publicly affirmed promises made by officials of the Rouhani government to detained political leader Mehdi Karroubi after a senior judicial official disputed them. On August 22, 2017, Jahangiri assured reporters that security agents will be withdrawn from Karroubi's home, where he has been detained without trial since February 2011: "I am sure this will happen and the security authorities will make statements if necessary and inform his family." - 8/25/17

In Controversial Move, Iran's New Female Vice President Ordered To Wear Chador

- Before she was appointed as Iran's vice president for legal affairs, law expert and college professor Laya Joneydi followed the obligatory Islamic dress code by covering her hair with a scarf and wearing a coat and pants to cover her body. In announcing her appointment to the cabinet, the Iranian government website posted a statement and a photo of Joneydi wearing the chador, which covers women from head to toe and leaves only the face exposed. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 8/24/17

Iran Reported To Be Negotiating With Twitter To Unblock Popular Website

- Iran's new communications minister has said that negotiations are under way to stop blocking Twitter, which has been banned for years despite being used by the country's top leaders. The microblogging platform was barred in 2009 after mass protests broke out against the reelection of former President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. - 8/24/17

Iranian Glue Company's Rules Attract Scrutiny for Possible Rights Violations

- The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has declared some workplace regulations at the HL Glue factory in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan Province, to be in violation of the Labor Law, including a requirement that all employees participate in Islamic group prayers. An Iranian human rights lawyer has also compared the company's regulations to slavery. - 8/24/17

Iran's Judiciary Contradicts Rouhani Officials' Promise to Detained Opposition Leader Mehdi Karroubi

- The spokesman for Iran's judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, has publicly rejected a report that security agents will leave detained opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi's home in northern Tehran as "total lies." "Mr. Ejei is confusing the issue," Karrobi's son, Mohammad Taghi Karroubi, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on August 20, 2017. "Yes, the agents have not left the house yet, but the deputy intelligence minister and the health minister said in a meeting with my father in the hospital that they would leave when he returns home." - 8/23/17

Reformist Iranian Journalist Not Heard From Two Weeks After Arrest in Tehran

- Reformist journalist Sasan Aghaei's family has not heard a word from him since he was arrested by security agents without a warrant at the office of the reformist Etemad newspaper on August 12, 2017. - 8/22/17

Former Iranian President Appeals To Supreme Leader Over House Arrests

- Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has appealed to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to end the house arrest of two reformist leaders who have been restrained without charge for more than six years. Khatami on August 20 posted the appeal on his website, urging Khamenei to "resolve" the house arrest of reformist politicians Mehdi Karrubi and Mir Hossein Musavi. - 8/21/17

Iranian Labor Activist Forced to Stay Behind Bars Until December 2018 Despite Completing Sentence

- To protest being returned to prison two years after he was released, prominent labor activist Reza Shahabi started a hunger strike on August 9, 2017, in Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj, 31 miles east of Tehran. The 45-year-old board member of the Union of Workers of the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (UWTSBC) began his protest the day after he returned to Rajaee Shahr Prison on August 8 following several warnings that he would lose his security deposit if he refused to serve the remainder of a six-year prison sentence issued for his peaceful activism. - 8/20/17

Alleged Role In State Crackdown Haunts New Communications Minister of Iran's President Rohani

- Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi is young and successful, but allegations about his past could come back to haunt him. The 36-year-old electrical engineer, ICT manager, and deputy communications minister was nominated last week by Iranian President Hassan Rohani to lead the country's Communications Ministry. He was approved, along with 15 other cabinet picks, by parliament on August 20. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 8/20/17

800 Activists Urge Iranian Parliament to End Child Marriage

- Hundreds of Iranian women and children's rights advocates in Iran are urging Parliament to prohibit underage marriage in the country. "In defense of children's human rights, we call for an end to the phenomenon known as child spouses," said a statement signed by more than 800 activists addressing members of Parliament on August 12, 2017. - 8/18/17

Iranian Government Responds to the Demand of the Hunger Striking Opposition Leader

- Government of Hassan Rouhani has responded to the demands of Mehdi Karroubi, an opposition leader who was on hunger strike in house arrest. Karroubi is demanding life without surveillance and presence of security officer as well as a public trial. As such the ailing 80-year-old has ended his hunger strike which has sent him to the intensive care unit of a hospital in Tehran. - 8/18/17

Iranian Women's Rights Activist to Serve Three Years in Prison For Attending Seminar

- Women's rights activist and photojournalist Alieh Matlabzadeh has been sentenced to three years in prison by a preliminary court in Tehran for participating in a women's empowerment seminar. A member of the One Million Signatures for Gender Equality campaign, Matlabzadeh was arrested on November 26, 2016 about a month after attending the seminar in Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia, along with 20 other Iranian activists. - 8/18/17

Iran Denies Appeal Of U.S. Student Imprisoned On Spying Charges

- Iranian authorities have denied the appeal of a Princeton University researcher who was convicted of spying for the United States and sentenced to 10 years in prison, the university said on August 17. Xiyue Wang, a U.S. citizen and doctoral candidate specializing in Eurasian history, was conducting research for his dissertation in Iran last year when he was detained by Iranian authorities and accused of "spying under the cover of research." - 8/18/17

Iranian American Organizations Condemn Violence and Bigotry Displayed by Hate Groups in Charlottesville, Virginia

- Washington, D.C. - As organizations representing the Iranian-American community, we stand united in condemning - in the strongest possible terms - the violence and bigotry displayed by hate groups in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday and Saturday. - 8/17/17

Iranian Opposition Leader Mehdi Karroubi Goes on Hunger Strike to Challenge Arrest

- Mehdi Karroubi, one of the opposition leaders of Iran's Green Movement who has been under house arrest since 2010 is now refusing food in protest to the conditions of his arrest. Karoubi decided to go on hunger strike to demand a public trial; he is also asking security forces that are living with him and monitoring his every move while under house arrest to leave him alone. - 8/17/17

IRAN: Six Inmates at Rajaee Shahr Prison Punished With Solitary Confinement For Going on Hunger Strike

- More than 50 political prisoners in Rajaee Shahr Prison are in severe distress, with at least six on hunger strike in solitary confinement, after they were moved en masse to a high-security ward without any of their clothes or medicine. - 8/17/17

Iranian Soccer Body Says Star Players Not Banned for Playing Against Israeli Team

- After days of public outcry over an Iranian official's declaration that two national soccer players were banned from the national team for playing against an Israeli team, Iran's soccer federation announced it has made no official decision. Banning the players, who played against the Israeli team while employed by the national soccer team of Greece, would have been a violation of the world soccer governing body FIFA's regulations. - 8/17/17

Iranian Ayatollah mocks US over handling of Charlottesville racism

- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has publicly criticised the US government over its handling of violence following a recent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. "If US has any power, they better manage their country, tackle #WhiteSupremacy rather than meddle in nations' affairs. #Charlottesville," a post on the religious figure's official Twitter account said late on Wednesday. -Independent - 8/17/17

Political Pundit Sadegh Zibakalam Faces Charges For Discussing Politicization of Iran's Judiciary

- Prominent reformist political analyst Sadegh Zibakalam has been slapped with the charges of "propaganda against the state" and "disturbing public opinion" after discussing the politicization of Iran's judiciary with a foreign radio station. - 8/16/17

Iranian Political Prisoner Responds to "Dolled-Up" Evin Prison Visit by Foreign Ambassadors

- A political prisoner held in Evin Prison since 2009 has harshly criticized a state-organized "dolled-up" tour of the facility by a group of foreign diplomats in July 2017 that was used by state officials and media to gloss over the prison's well-documented history of ongoing human rights violations. - 8/15/17

Iran judiciary freezes assets of BBC Persian staff

- The BBC has called on the Iranian authorities to reverse a new order that appears to effectively freeze the assets of its staff in Iran. BBC World Service Director Francesca Unsworth said it deplored the apparent "targeted attack" on BBC Persian staff, former staff and some contributors. -BBC - 8/15/17

With Eye on Telegram, Internet Body Says All Social Media Apps Must Store Data Inside Iran

- To improve Iran's ability to monitor and censor online content and user activity, the country's Supreme Cyberspace Council (SCC) has ruled that all foreign social media networks must store domestic traffic data inside Iran. - 8/14/17

Reformist Iranian MPs Form Committee to End House Arrests After Karroubi's Hospitalization

- Reformist members of Iran's Parliament have established the Committee to Seek an End to House Arrests following the recent hospitalization of 79-year-old political opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi. "We want resolve this matter without any media sensationalism or political hype," said Ghasem Mirzaei Nikoo, a member of the pro-Rouhani Hope Faction in Parliament, in an interview with the state-funded Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) on August 8, 2017. - 8/13/17

Journalist Sasan Aghaei With Iranian Reformist Etemad Daily Detained

- Iranian journalist Sasan Aghaei has reportedly been arrested. The charges against Aghaei, who works for the reformist daily Etemad, are not clear. The opposition site Kalameh reports that Aghaei was taken away by security forces on the afternoon of August 12 from Etemad's offices of in the Iranian capital. - 8/13/17

Iranian Imprisoned Spiritual Leader Awaiting New Verdict While IRGC Arrests His Followers

- Followers of imprisoned Iranian spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri are being arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) while he awaits a verdict more than three weeks after he was retried for the charge of "corruption on earth." - 8/13/17

Iranian Authorities Arrest Six Youths For Promoting Zumba, Other 'Western' Moves

- Iranian authorities have arrested six young people for promoting Latin-style Zumba exercises and other "Western" dance moves, local media report. The August 10 reports said the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) detained the four boys and two girls in the town of Sharhoud in the northeastern Semnan Province. - 8/11/17

Iran Executes Man Arrested at 15 Despite Commitment to Stop Executing Juveniles

- Iran has violated its international obligations by executing Alireza Tajiki, who was 15-years-old when he was arrested and 16 when he was sentenced to death, said the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). "The execution of Alireza Tajiki, who was just 16 when he was sentenced to death, again highlights Iran's total disregard for children's rights," said CHRI's Executive Director Hadi Ghaemi. - 8/11/17

Workers at Iranian Sugarcane Company Summoned to Court After Protesting Unpaid Wages

- Fifty-three workers of Iran's Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Agro Industrial Company who have been peacefully demanding back pay and benefits since July 2017 have been summoned without charge to the courthouse in Shush, Khuzestan Province. - 8/10/17



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