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Family Waits to Hear Charges Against Reporter Jailed in Iran

- The Iranian trial of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is set to start soon, but Rezaian has yet to meet with his lawyer, and his family still does not know the exact charges against him. His brother, Ali Rezaian, told VOA's Persian service Friday that despite reports in the Iranian media that Jason has been charged with espionage, the precise indictment has not been made public. -Molly McKitterick, VOA - 4/18/15

Animal-Rights Activists In Shiraz Protest Apparent Stray-Dog Killings

- A group of animal-rights activists protested on April 17 in the city of Shiraz, the capital of Iran's Fars Province, against animal cruelty and abuse of stray dogs. The rare protest, in front of the building of the provincial department of environmental protection, was organized after a disturbing video emerged on social media showing four men giving stray dogs what appeared to be lethal injections. - 4/18/15

Worsening Conditions for Women in Iran Begin to Draw Attention

- Almost two years after his 2013 election, President Hassan Rouhani and his Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, spoke up against discrimination against women this week, in the face of steadily deteriorating conditions for women in Iran. - 4/17/15

Iranian News Agency, U.S. Spokesman Spar Over Jailed Reporter

- The continued detention of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian in Iran on security charges has led to an online spat between a Persian-speaking U.S. State Department spokesman and an Iranian news agency affiliated with the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). - 4/17/15

Post Executive: Iran Denying Jailed Reporter Legal Counsel

- The Washington Post's executive editor said Tuesday that the newspaper's Iranian correspondent, jailed in Tehran on unspecified charges, was being denied acceptable legal representation. Martin Baron said that Jason Rezaian, who was arrested last July, had been allowed only one meeting with a lawyer and that they were not allowed to discuss the charges against him. - 4/15/15

New Report on Washington Post Writer Seen as Prelude to Espionage Trial

- An Iranian news report that suggests that an imprisoned Washington Post correspondent is a spy who furnished economic and industrial data to the Central Intelligence Agency was viewed by friends on Monday as a sign that a trial might be held soon. -NY Times - 4/14/15

Executions Useless in Preventing Drug Crimes says Prominent Iranian Lawyer

- In an interview with ISNA (the Iranian Student News Agency), the prominent Iranian lawyer Nemat Ahmadi lambasted Iran's anti-drug law, calling it "lacking in preventive powers" despite its stipulation of the death penalty as punishment for drug traffickers. - 4/13/15

Iranians protest Saudi sexual assault on teen pilgrims

- Hundreds of Iranian protesters gathered in front of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran on Saturday April 11 following a rally call on social media to protest against the "sexual assault of two Iranian teenagers" at Jeddah Airport. - 4/11/15

Prominent Iranian Activists Optimistic on End of Ban on Women at Sports Stadiums

- Two prominent Iranian human rights defenders have expressed optimism over the recent moves in Iran to amend the laws banning women from sports stadiums, but note that real and permanent changes will require time and sustained citizen support for its realization. - 4/11/15

Tehran Professor Decries Iran's Criticism of UN Human Rights Expert

- The following is a translation of Tehran University Professor Sadegh Zibakalam's letter to Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Marzieh Afkham, responding to her statements on the latest report of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. - 4/8/15

Detained Iranian Opposition Leader 'Very Happy' About Nuclear Talks

- The son of opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi says his father is "very happy" about the course taken by Iranian President Hassan Rohani in nuclear negotiations with major powers aimed at finding a lasting agreement that would curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 4/7/15

Iranian Rights lawyer fears potential backlash over nuclear framework

- Prominent Iranian lawyer and human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh says activists in Iran feel the consensus reached in Lausanne between Iran and the 5+1 is positive but fear that it could trigger a backlash against human rights in Iran by extremists in the establishment. - 4/7/15

Iranian women not allowed to attend sports events: Official

- Just a few hours after Deputy Sports Minister Abdolhamid Ahmadi said that female fans have been allowed to attend sporting events, an Interior Ministry official denied any plan has been confirmed so far. - 4/6/15

Iran To Ease Ban On Women Attending Sports Matches

- Iranian authorities say they will partially lift a ban on women attending men's sports matches. The official IRNA news agency quoted Deputy Sports Minister Abdolhamid Ahmadi as saying on April 4 that Iran's State Security Council had approved a plan by his ministry to allow women and families to attend some sports events. - 4/5/15

Initial Accord with Iran Holds Promise for Human Rights: But Risks of Hardline Backlash Remain

- The understanding reached on Iran's nuclear program on April 2 is a welcome development, averting at least for now, an inexorable descent into confrontation, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. - 4/4/15

Iranian-British Woman Jailed For Going To Volleyball Match Pardoned

- An Iranian-British woman jailed in Tehran last year for taking part in a protest against a ban on women's attendance at sports stadiums alongside men has been pardoned. A British Foreign Office spokeswoman on April 2 welcomed news that Ghoncheh Ghavami was pardoned while expressing concern that "she is still subject to a travel ban." - 4/3/15

UN Keeps Pressure on Iran for its Rights Failures

- March 27, 2015-The United Nations Human Rights Council voted today to renew the mandate of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, signaling the international community's continued concern over the state of human rights in Iran. The resolution to renew the mandate received 20 votes in favor, 11 against, and 16 abstentions. - 3/29/15

Iranian Screenwriter, TV Producer Jailed In Tehran

- A former screenwriter and producer with Iran's state-controlled television has been in jail in Tehran for the past two months. Mostafa Azizi, who moved to Canada in 2010, had returned to Tehran to visit his relatives when he was arrested in February and transferred to the notorious Evin prison. - 3/29/15

Following Outcry at UMass Amherst, Another U.S. University Revises Policy on Iranian Students

- In response to outreach from the National Iranian American Council, one more university is taking steps to ensure that its enforcement of sanctions and other restrictions against Iran do not unduly discriminate against Iranian students. - 3/27/15

Journalist Who Backed Rohani Flees Iran

- An Iranian journalist who campaigned for President Hassan Rohani and who had traveled to Lausanne with Iranian negotiators to cover talks on Tehran's nuclear program is seeking political asylum in Switzerland. Amir Hossein Motaqi, editor of Iran's ISKA news agency, told RFE/RL he decided to seek asylum after being hampered in his journalistic work by Iranian officials. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 3/27/15

Azerbaijanis Strive to Build Civil Society Away from Home

- The space for freedom of expression in Azerbaijan is now roughly the same size as a jail cell, watchdog groups say. Azerbaijani rights activists and journalists are accordingly fleeing the country in growing numbers. -Nargiz Rashid, EurasiaNet - 3/23/15

Iranian Children's Rights Activist Charged with "Acting against National Security"

- Civil and children's rights activist Atena Daemi has been formally charged, after six months of "temporary detention" in Evin Prison, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 3/22/15

Iran agrees to tackle persecution based on sexual orientation

- Iran has announced it will implement some of the recommendations provided to it in the latest Universal Periodic Review of human rights in Iran. More specifically, Iran has committed itself to ending the persecution of individuals based on their sexual orientation. - 3/20/15

Human Rights: Under scrutiny, Iran Shows Increased, but Limited Cooperation with UN Mechanism

- Four years into his mandate as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed told UN member states at a meeting of the Human Rights Council today in Geneva that although he has yet to be let into the country for a site visit, Iran is demonstrating other signs of cooperation with the mandate. - 3/19/15

Political prisoner's father threatens self-immolation if son not freed

- Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki, the father of jailed Iranian blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, has threatened to set himself on fire in front of the prosecutor's office in Tehran if the authorities refuse to release his son for necessary medical care. - 3/19/15

Iran Should Release Jason Rezaian

- Last week Jasmin reported on the case of American-Iranian journalist Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post's Tehran bureau chief who has been detained in Iran since July 22, 2014. Jason turned 39 in Tehran's Evin prison on Mar. 15. Citing both his birthday and the upcoming Persian New Year (Nowruz), when the government traditionally offers gestures of goodwill, his lawyer has submitted a furlough request. -Jim Lobe, LobeLog - 3/18/15

Presidential powers called insufficient to fulfill promises of liberty for Iranians

- The head of Iran's expediency council says that while he supports Hassan Rohani, the president made campaign promises about political and social liberties that go beyond the limits of his executive power. - 3/15/15

Iran: Fars Governor say MP's attackers now identified

- The statement comes after President Rohani, the interior minister and a number of MPs called for the immediate identification of the attackers. Some MPs have even called for the governor's resignation for the security failure in his province. - 3/15/15

Photos: Iranian Assyrians hold rally, condemn ISIL crimes

- Hundreds of Iranian Assyrians have held a demonstration in Tehran, condemning the crimes perpetrated by ISIL militants against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. They gathered in front of the United Nations headquarters on Thursday to condemn the dreadful killings of civilians, especially Assyrians, in Iraq and Syria. - 3/14/15

Proposed Iranian Laws Are Setback for Women

- Proposed new laws in Iran would restrict women's access to birth control and jobs, according to human rights group Amnesty International. The group expressed alarm at two bills, moving through Iran's parliament, that aim to arrest the country's plunging birth rate and declining population, seen in Tehran as major threats to the Islamic Republic's future. -Henry Ridgwell, VOA - 3/14/15

Facebook Users Arrested, Others Will Be Arrested Soon, IRGC Warns

- More than 30 people have been targeted by the cyber crime unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) this month, including a dozen arrested for their "immoral" activities on Facebook. - 3/14/15

Muhammad Ali joins call to free Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian

- Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali lent his voice to those calling for the release of detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, as Rezaian's family and his newspaper petitioned for his release at a press conference in the United States on Thursday. - 3/14/15

Iranian artists call for return of music concerts to Mashhad

- A group of artists and musicians has written to the Governor of Khorasan Razavi, calling on him to cancel the ban placed on all music concerts in Mashhad, the provincial capital. Qods online reports that the signatories maintain that such a ban will lead to the "separation and alienation of the young generation from their local artistic and cultural values." - 3/13/15

Outspoken Iranian MP injured by assailants on motorcycles

- Over fifty assailants attacked outspoken Iranian MP Ali Motahari in Shiraz with pepper spray, rotten tomatoes and bricks, causing injury to his face. ISNA reports that Motahari, who was scheduled to give a lecture at Shiraz University, arrived at the Shiraz Airport on Monday March 9 and was attacked by a number of unidentified assailants. - 3/11/15

Iranian musicians band together against concert meddling

- The Iranian music community has launched a campaign, calling on all musicians and music lovers to stand up against the cancellation of concerts and recent restrictions imposed on all forms of music activities. - 3/10/15

We Won't Be Silenced: Iranian Women's Demands in Three Episodes

- What does March 8 mean for Iranian women? What is their share of the decades of struggle by women's rights activists for equality? What are the problems and demands of those who live in large and small cities, in villages and more closed communities? -Parvaneh Vahidmanesh - 3/9/15

Vigilante Violence: The Acid Attacks against Women in Iran and the State's Assault on Women's Rights

- The Iranian Parliament should immediately withdraw the pending Plan to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice, which explicitly calls for Basij militias to enforce strict hijab (female dress), the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. This plan not only violates the rights of all Iranian women, it also presents a clear and present danger to their continued safety. - 3/7/15

FIFA Head Urges Iran To Let Women Into Stadiums

- FIFA President Sepp Blatter says Iran's ban on women attending football matches is "intolerable" and should be lifted. Blatter wrote in FIFA's weekly magazine published on March 6 that he raised the issue with Iranian President Hassan Rohani more than one year ago but that "nothing has happened." Blatter said the ban "cannot continue." - 3/6/15

Iranian Activist Ends Hunger Strike after Judge Agrees to Transfer to Evin's Political War

- Atena Faraghdani has ended her hunger strike in hospital, where she has been since her February 26 collapse in Gharchak Prison, after learning that a Revolutionary Court Judge agreed to return her to Evin Prison's Women's Ward for political prisoners, her lawyer told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 3/5/15

UN Secretary-General Expresses Alarm about Executions, Retaliation Against Activists and Attacks on Women in Iran

- In his interim report on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran published on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon detailed a long list of human rights concerns, leading with the ongoing application of the death penalty, retaliation against activists cooperating with the United Nations and a deterioration in women's rights. - 3/4/15

Iran's Culture Minister asserts authority over allowing concerts

- Jannati said Muslim clergy have differences of opinion about music, with some who deem it haram (forbidden) and others who don't. He said, however, that his ministry's guide on this issue is the direction of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, whom he described as an "art connoisseur". - 3/4/15

Iran Judiciary 'Picks' Lawyer for Detained Washington Post Reporter

- Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter detained in Iran for more than seven months, was granted access to a lawyer but not one of his choosing, his family said. Masoud Shafii, who has been attempting to secure official recognition as Rezaian's attorney, said he has been trying to see his client in prison, but has been repeatedly stymied by the judge assigned to the case. -Farhad Pouladi, VOA - 3/3/15

Iran's Guardian Council rejects bill of support for volunteer hijab patrols

- The Guardian Council has once again rejected a bill to support volunteer hijab enforcers, saying it contravenes the constitution and needs to be reviewed by Parliament. The council had previously sent the bill back to Parliament for similar shortcomings. - 3/3/15

Gathering of Iranian writers' group cancelled by authorities

- A gathering called "Age of Translation" organized by the Iranian Writers Association for Friday February 27 was cancelled by the authorities one hour before it was scheduled to begin. A statement by the association indicates: "One hour prior to the program, a security official arrived at the hall and informed us that the gathering should not take place." - 3/2/15

Iranian Journalist Behind Bars Since 2009 Suffers Heart Attack in Prison

- The imprisoned journalist Massoud Bastani was transferred to the hospital on February 20, 2015, following a heart attack inside Shahid Rajaee Prison. The health conditions of Bastani, 37, who has been in prison since his arrest in the wake of the protests that followed the disputed 2009 presidential election in Iran, have steadily deteriorated during his six years of incarceration. - 3/1/15

Iranian Prisoner of Conscience Released After Nine Months of "Temporary Detention" At Deplorable Facility

- Nine months after her arrest, the lawyer and prisoner of conscience Negar Haeri was released on bail of about US$580,000 on February 25, 2015. She spent her entire time in prison since her May 2014 arrest on "temporary detention orders. - 2/28/15

Two Iranian websites linked to reformists blocked

- Fars News Agency reported on Friday February 27 that the Jamaran and Bahar News websites have been blocked and are no longer accessible by internet users. According to Fars News Agency Jamaran has published a number of interviews in recent weeks with "radical reformist figures" and also widely covered news of former Iranian president and top reformist figure Mohammad Khatami. - 2/28/15

Silencing Khatami?

- The judicial order of a media blackout on Mohammad Khatami and the reaction of Iranian social media users have once again highlighted the former president's political importance. As the potentially pivotal 2016 parliamentary elections draw near, the pressure on Khatami -- known as the "president of the reformist governments" -- will increase. -LobeLog - 2/28/15

Iran: Prosecutor cancels concert despite Culture Minister's stance

- A few days after the minister of culture stressed that his ministry will not surrender to pressure from extremist groups regarding concerts, Alireza Ghorbani's Eshtiag music group was prevented from holding a concert that had been scheduled for Wednesday February 25. - 2/27/15

Rohani Adviser Says Rights Violations Hurting Iran

- Ali Yunesi, a senior adviser to Iran's President Hassan Rohani and a former intelligence minister, has admitted that "many cases" of human rights violations are taking place in Iran's courts and prisons, blaming them on extremists. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 2/27/15

Activists Ask FIFA to Intervene to End Iran's Ban on Women in Stadiums

- In a letter addressed to the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the Swiss-based organization responsible for administering the World Cup soccer competitions, 190 Iranian activists have asked FIFA to suspend Iran's membership in FIFA, in response to the Iranian government's ban on the presence of Iranian women in soccer stadiums. - 2/26/15

Subversive Facebook page wins women's rights prize

- The Geneva Summit for Democracy and Human Rights announced on Monday that Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad, creator of the My Stealthy Freedom Facebook page, is the recipient of its Women's Rights Prize for 2015. - 2/25/15

Child Poverty: 7 Lessons

- The official child poverty rate in the United States today stands at 20 percent; it is the second highest among the world's developed countries. That means that almost 15 million children live in poverty in the United States. The Century Foundation formulated seven "lessons" about childhood poverty in the U.S. following its Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative conference last June -The HAND Foundation - 2/25/15

Iranian Student Who Triggered UMass Dispute Fights to Return

- Lost in the dispute over the University of Massachusetts' controversial restrictions on Iranian students was the woman who inadvertently sparked it all. Until now. Her name is Zahra Khalkhali, and her case has become a cause celebre on UMass' Amherst campus. -NBC News - 2/25/15

Award-winning Taxi filmmaker on art and politics in Iran

- Jafar Panahi, the winner of this year's Berlinale Golden Bear prize, responded to statements from the head of Iran's Cinema Organization about the "political" nature of Panahi's recognition by the film festival, saying that "for many years the art scene [in Iran] has been haunted by the footsteps of politics". - 2/21/15

Hardline Iranian Judge Blocks Lawyer Chosen to Represent Washington Post Journalist

- An Iranian lawyer trying to represent a detained Washington Post journalist is not being allowed to see his prospective client, he says. Masoud Shafii said he has been trying to see Jason Rezaian, but he has been stymied by the judge assigned to preside over the case. Rezaian, a dual citizen of Iran and the U.S., has been held in Tehran's notorious Evin prison for seven months. - 2/21/15

Iranians Take To Social Media To Challenge Media Ban On Ex-President Khatami

- Some Iranians are protesting against a state media ban on former President Mohammad Khatami by posting his pictures on social media under the hashtag "We will be Khatami's media" -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 2/20/15

California court says Iran's justice system not fair enough for property dispute

- A California court found itself in the unfamiliar terrain of foreign relations when it had to decide whether a dispute over real estate in Iran - claimed by three Californians who say an Iranian cheated their parents out of the property -- should be transferred to the Iranian courts. -SF Gate - 2/19/15

Iran's Judiciary Chief Defends Opposition House Arrests As Legal

- The head of Iran's Judiciary says there is no legal obstacle to the house arrest of the leaders of the Green Movement according to the country's laws. Speaking at a conference commemorating two martyrs, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani slammed recent U.S. statements about the house arrest of Mehdi Karroubi, MirHosein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard as interference in the country's internal affairs. - 2/18/15

Omid Kokabee, in Letter from Evin Prison in Tehran, Accepts Prestigious Science Award

- An acceptance speech by Omid Kokabee, written from his Evin prison cell in Iran, was delivered at the Award Ceremony for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2014 Freedom and Responsibly Award on February 13. - 2/17/15

Iran: Journalists Association Wary Of Government Interference

- The Association of Iranian Journalists has issued a statement warning against efforts by the Ministry of Labour to establish a larger, all-encompassing organization to replace the existing association. - 2/17/15

Rohani's administration seems to back down on women's right to sing

- The Ministry of Culture appears to have caved in to pressure from Islamic Republic hardliners regarding women singing in public, as a recent report indicates that the female singer scheduled to perform in the opening of Fajr Music Festival did not perform. - 2/17/15

Iran's Green Movement Leaders in Limbo After 4 Years of House Arrest

- Even though the unlawful house arrests of the leaders of the Green Movement and the denial of their basic rights continues for years no official agency or institution has been identified to be responsible for this situation. Many believe that the national security council is responsible while there are those who argue that ayatollah Khamenei is the cause and continuation of the arrests. -Behrooz Samadbeygi - 2/17/15

Iranian Media Told, Again, Not to Mention Ex-President Khatami

- The spokesman for Iran's judiciary has confirmed that Iranian media remain banned from mentioning former reformist President Mohammad Khatami and publishing his comments, statements, and pictures. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 2/17/15

President Rouhani condemns killing of 3 Muslim students in North Carolina

- "The brutal crime of the killing of three young Muslim students in the United States of America is a deplorable act and another manifestation of the serious danger of the spread of violence and extremism in our time," Rouhani said on Sunday. - 2/16/15

PAAIA Voices Concern Over UMass Amherst's Proposed Policy on Iranian Students

- In a recent statement, University of Massachusetts Amherst announced they will no longer accept Iranian nationals to their engineering and natural sciences programs due to their concerns in complying with the Iran Threat Reductions and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012. PAAIA is concerned that UMass Amherst's potential broad interpretation of the law will negatively impact Iranian students during the admissions process and could lead to similar policy decisions by other U.S. universities. - 2/14/15

NIAC Concerned by University's Exclusion of Iranian Students, Calls for Reversal

- The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) has learned that the University of Massachusetts Amherst will no longer admit Iranian nationals as students in certain engineering and science programs and will require all Iranian students to certify their compliance with certain sanctions. NIAC is deeply concerned by the University of Massachusetts Amherst's action and calls on the University to reverse its decision. - 2/13/15

Iranian Judiciary urged to let jailed journalist get medical care

- Ninety-six social and political activists have issued a letter urging the Islamic Republic judiciary to take the necessary steps for the release of jailed journalist Saeed Razavi Faqih. The letter highlights Razavi Faqih's need for immediate medical care and reminds the judiciary of its responsibility for his health and safety. - 2/13/15

Photos: Village Students in Chabahar Looking For Philanthropists To Help Their Schools

- These photos are from the schools at Kamb and Tiss Koopan villages in the district of Chabahar town in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province. At the age of the internet, the students at these schools are still deprived of the basic educational facilities. With their their government having failed them, these students have now turned to philanthropists and asking for their help so their schools can meet the minimum educational standards. - 2/12/15

The Green Movement Stirs and Rouhani Responds

- On February 14, Iran's Green Movement leaders will enter their fifth year of house arrest. Despite his implicit campaign promise, President Hassan Rouhani has been unable to gain the release of former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi, his wife Zahra Rahnavard, and former speaker of parliament Mehdi Karroubi. As recent events indicate, however, supporters of the Green Movement are still demanding the release of these opposition leaders and insisting that Rouhani's office implement democratic reform. - 2/12/15

Iranian writers welcome decline of censorship

- It is hard to overstate how beleaguered Iran's writers and publishers felt during the eight years under Ahmadinejad. The Islamic Republic has never been a bastion of freedom of expression, but during that time, things were taken to a different level. -Arash Azizi, Al-Monitor - 2/11/15

Iran's IRGC Intensifies Crackdown on Facebook Users with 12 Arrests and 24 Summonses

- An IRGC cyberspace specialist, Mostafa Alizadeh, announced in a statement on Iranian state television on February 1, that 12 Iranian Facebook users have been arrested on charges of "spreading corruption, and [carrying out a] mission to change family lifestyles." He added that 24 other citizens were summoned to answer questions about their Facebook activities. - 2/10/15

Iran Filters Outspoken Lawmaker's Website

- The website of conservative Iranian lawmaker Ali Motahari has been filtered by Iran's judiciary, according to the hard-line Fars news agency. The report says no official explanation has been provided for the decision to block Motahari's website, which is also inaccessible from outside the country. - 2/4/15

Iranian President supports freedom and independence of universities

- In the seventh Farabi Festival, Iranian president Hassan Rohani defended freedom and independence in the study of Humanities stressing that political interference in science and academic pursuits is not in the interest of the government or universities. - 2/3/15

Iranian Teachers Protest Wages That Are Below the Official Poverty Line

- Teachers in the cities of Marivan, Baneh, and Shahrood, who have refused to attend class since January 20 in protest against wages that are below the official poverty line, have announced that they would not abandon their protest until their demands for salary increases are taken into consideration, according to labor activist Mansour Osanloo. - 2/3/15
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