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Iranian MPs Demand Answers from Rouhani on Increasing Arrests Ahead of Elections

- President Hassan Rouhani has yet to respond to a letter from four reformist members of Parliament demanding an explanation for the spate of arrests of activists and journalists ahead of the May 2017 presidential election. - 3/24/17

Reformist Editor Arrested by Iran's Security Agents Amid Pre-Election Crackdown

- Amid a widening crackdown on journalists and activists in Iran ahead of the country's May 2017 presidential election, security agents arrested Morad Saghafi, the reformist editor-in-chief of Goftegoo (Conversation) magazine, on March 15, 2017. - 3/24/17

Prominent Lawyers: Judiciary Ad Announcing Prison Time for 10 Iranians in Absentia Unlawful

- A classified newspaper advertisement by the judiciary announcing prison sentences for 10 Iranian citizens currently outside the country has no legal merit, two prominent lawyers told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Nasrin Sotoudeh and Farideh Gheirat, both based in Iran, said a classified ad placed by the judiciary in its official newspaper, Hemayat, announcing the sentences is unlawful if it was not preceded by a proper summons. - 3/23/17

12 Reformist Telegram Channel Admins Arrested in Iran Ahead of May 2017 Election

- Iranian security forces arrested 12 administrators of reformist-aligned Telegram channels on March 14-16, 2017, deleted the channels' content and changed their names. Users are increasingly turning to the app before elections for uncensored news about moderate and reformist camps, which are usually drowned out or censored from appearing in traditional media. - 3/22/17

President Trump's travel ban disrupts family reunion in San Ramon

- President Trump's new travel ban may be on hold, but it's also putting travel plans on hold during what is usually a festive time especially for people from one of the countries targeted. These are busy days for Golnazar Gourmet Ice Cream. The San Ramon company is filling orders for their exotic flavors including saffron/pistachio -- desserts that will sweeten the 14 day celebration of Norooz, --the Persian New Year. -ABC News - 3/22/17

White House Appeals Court Decision Blocking Trump Travel Order

- The U.S. government on March 17 announced it is appealing a court decision blocking President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration from taking effect. The Justice Department said in a court filing it would appeal a ruling by a U.S. District Court in the state of Maryland that halted the part of Trump's March 6 order temporarily banning the entry of travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries. - 3/18/17

Faezeh Hashemi, Former Iranian Leader's Daughter, Jailed For 'Spreading Propaganda'

- Iran's hard-line judiciary has sentenced the daughter of late Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to jail for "spreading propaganda against the regime," Iranian news media reported on March 17. It was the latest move against pro-reform opposition in the Islamic republic ahead of a presidential election on May 19, when hard-line rivals of pragmatist President Hassan Rohani hope to regain control of executive power. - 3/18/17

Memo to Tech and Social Media Companies: Allow Iranians Access to Online Tools

- Major technology and social media companies should stop barring Iranians from buying or accessing personal communications tools and services that are not banned by any sanctions, and make immediately available to Iranians the full range of permissible items, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) and ASL19 said in a joint statement on March 15. - 3/18/17

NIAC Welcomes Court Order Halting Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0

- "The court's decision to issue a temporary restraining order barring the latest executive order imposing a Muslim ban is another triumph for American values over discrimination. The Trump administration has now had its attempt to impose a Muslim ban halted by the courts twice. Fortunately, Iranians will once again face a slight reprieve in that the ban will not go into effect tomorrow. Nevertheless, the back and forth struggle has already kept Iranian families apart and imposed turmoil on countless individuals, while doing untold damage to America's image abroad." - 3/17/17

Predicting Her Arrest, Reformist Activist Hengameh Shahihi Wrote Letters Criticizing Rouhani's Failure to Protect Citizens

- Hengameh Shahidi, a reformist senior member of the Etemad Melli (National Trust) opposition party, has decried her arrest as part of a crackdown by hardliners on reformists ahead of Iran's upcoming presidential election. In two open letters, she also criticized President Hassan Rouhani, who will be running for re-election on May 19, 2017, for failing to protect citizen's rights. - 3/17/17

Rouhani's Intelligence Ministry and Khamenei's IRGC Widen Crackdown Ahead of Election

- The number of arrests carried out by Iran's Intelligence Ministry, operating under the control of President Hassan Rouhani, increased in the last few months leading up to Iran's May 2017 presidential election. Research by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) indicates that since January 2017, the ministry has increasingly targeted civil and women's rights advocates, journalists, dual nationals, ethnic and religious minorities, environmentalists, the administrators of social media pages, and relatives of protesters killed during the state's crackdown on peaceful protestors following the disputed 2009 presidential election. - 3/17/17

Iranian-American Orgs File Federal Court Challenge To Trump Travel Ban 2.0

- On March 14th, four prominent Iranian-American organizations renewed their challenge to the Trump Administration's illegal and unconstitutional policies, filing papers to take on the President's revised "Travel Ban" Executive Order. The organizations, joined by over 20 individual plaintiffs, have updated their existing lawsuit against the January 27th Travel Ban Executive Order, Pars Equality, et al v. Trump, to take on the March 6th version. - 3/17/17

In Letter from Evin Prison, Dual National Speaks of Yearning for Family and Disillusionment with Iran

- Iranian-British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, imprisoned in Iran since April 2016, has written a letter to her UK-based husband about the pain of being separated from their infant daughter, Gabriella "Gisoo" Ratcliffe, and disillusionment with her birth country of Iran. "I turned 38 without you by my side and you turned 42 without me, while our dear Gisoo turned two-years-old without both of us," she wrote in a letter from Evin Prison in Tehran, published on March 10, 2017 by the Defenders of Human Rights Center. - 3/16/17

Federal judges block Trump's travel ban

- A federal judge in Maryland Thursday morning temporarily blocked the 90-day ban on immigration for citizens of six countries in President Donald Trump's executive order, dealing another blow to the President's revised travel ban. Wednesday afternoon, a federal judge in Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order nationwide over the ban, hours before it was set to go into effect. -CNN - 3/16/17

American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Gave $60K to Architect of Trump's Muslim Ban

- Newly released tax filings show that the country's biggest pro-Israel group financially contributed to the Center for Security Policy, the think-tank that played a pivotal role in engineering the Trump administration's efforts to impose a ban on Muslim immigration. -Eli Clifton - 3/16/17

Iranian Americans Afraid to Travel Under Trump Travel Order

- In the heart of Persian Square, in West Los Angeles, everyone is getting ready for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, when family members visit each other.Normally it's the busy season for the travel agencies that cater to the Iranian community. But not this year. President Donald Trump's revised executive order banning travelers who do not currently have visas from six Muslim majority countries from entering the U.S. for three months is scheduled to take effect on March 16.Among the six countries on the travel order is Iran. -Elizabeth Lee, VOA - 3/15/17

Son of Iranian Dissident Karroubi Denounces Brother's Sentencing

- A son of a prominent Iranian opposition figure has accused Iran's leaders of persecuting his family by sentencing his brother to six months in prison for distributing propaganda against the government. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 3/15/17

IRAN: IRGC Violently Arrests Reformist Editor One Month After Release From Evin Prison

- Reformist editor Ehsan Mazandarani was shocked with a Taser stun gun while being returned to Evin Prison in Tehran by agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' (IRGC) Intelligence Organization on March 11, 2017, less than a month after he was released. - 3/15/17

Iranian Opposition Leader Mehdi Karroubi Under Extrajudicial House Arrest for Six Years Denied Emergency Care

- An elderly opposition leader who has been kept under extrajudicial house arrest in Tehran since 2011 is being denied access to timely emergency medical services, his son told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 3/14/17

Iranian-American Robin Shahini Serving 18-Year Prison Sentence in Iran Proclaims Innocence in Letter

- Robin (Reza) Shahini, an Iranian-American dual national sentenced to 18 years in prison in October 2016 during a visit to Iran, has proclaimed his innocence in a letter urging human rights groups and international organizations to work for his release. - 3/14/17

UN Rights Monitor Highlights Political Repression, Abuse, Executions In Iran

- Reformists in Iran are under pressure, detainees face torture and abuse, and people are being executed at an "alarming" rate, a UN monitor studying human rights in the tightly controlled country says. The bleak picture presented to the UN Human Rights Council on March 13 comes ahead of a May 19 presidential election in Iran. - 3/14/17

Grave and Baseless New Charges Against Imprisoned Iranian-American and Wife

- Serious and baseless new charges have been brought against Karan Vafadari and Afarin Nayssari, the dual-national Iranian-American and his wife who have been imprisoned in Iran's Evin Prison without any evidence of wrong doing or due process for almost eight months. - 3/13/17

Iran UN Envoy: Israel behind assassinations of nuclear scientists

- The Iranian ambassador to the United Nation's International Atomic Energy Agency said on Thursday that "Israel-hired terrorists" were behind the assassinations of several nuclear scientists in recent years. "While nuclear scientists across the entire Middle East have been assassinated by Israeli-hired terrorists, the regime's nuclear experts are allowed access to some countries' nuclear facilities," Reza Najafi said. - 3/11/17

Iran: Repression of those seeking truth and justice for 1980s killings needs to stop

- In a joint statement issued on March 8, 2017, 20 human rights organizations including the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) called on the Iranian authorities to stop the harassment, intimidation and prosecution of human rights defenders seeking truth and justice on behalf of individuals who were summarily executed or forcibly disappeared during the 1980s and their families. - 3/10/17

Iranian Catholic Converts Arrested in Northwestern Iran

- Two Iranian Catholic converts, Anoohe Rezabakhsh and her son Sohail (Augustin) Zargarzadeh, have been arrested in their home by the Revolutionary Guards in Oroumiyeh, West Azerbaijan Province, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. - 3/9/17

Hawaii First U.S. State To Challenge New Trump Travel Order In Court

- The U.S. state of Hawaii plans to file the first court challenge to President Donald Trump's new executive order temporarily barring visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries as well as all refugees. Hawaii said that it will seek to temporarily halt the order on March 8. - 3/8/17

Judiciary Refusing to Release Ailing Baha'i Leader Imprisoned in Iran for Nine Years

- Behrouz Tavakkoli, an elderly former Baha'i community leader who has spent nearly nine years in prison for his faith, is legally eligible for early release, but his requests for a case review are being ignored. His son, Naim Tavakkoli, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that his father, a 64-year-old former member of the Baha'i leadership council in Iran, is also suffering from heart disease. - 3/8/17

Iranian celebrities, charity society save young man from hanging

- A group of Iranian celebrities in association with a charity society finally managed to commute the death sentence of a young man who had committed murder when he was a teenager, Khabaronline reported. A 15-year-old boy, who used the pseudonym "Soheil", had been convicted of murder and was sentenced to death. Soheil who waited on death row for five years committed a murder over a childish argument with another guy. - 3/8/17

Why Trump's travel ban is still a Muslim ban

- President Donald Trump's new travel ban may reduce the chaos at airports caused by his previous executive order, but it will not enhance American security or make the intention behind the original order any less bigoted. Indeed, in our opinion, the new travel ban is still very much a Muslim ban, even if it falls short of the Trump administration's true ambitions. -Trita Parsi and Adam Weinstein, CNN - 3/8/17

To Veil or Not to Veil -- That is a Complex Question

- Over the last two years, countless trade and diplomatic delegations have traveled to Iran to kick off economic cooperation in diverse sectors from the auto industry and the gas and oil sector to agriculture. In fact, Iran is embarking on trade and economic agreements at an unprecedented rate, including with many European countries, but also with China, Russia, Indonesia, Malaysia and even some Latin American and Persian Gulf countries. -Sussan Tahmasebi - 3/7/17

Trump's New Muslim Ban

- National Iranian American Council Policy Director Jamal Abdi released the following statement in response to President Trump's revised Muslim Ban: "Donald Trump has doubled down on his harmful and un-American threat to ban Muslims from this country. Since Trump's first Muslim ban, we have seen a spate of hate crimes against people who were believed to be Muslim or of Middle Eastern descent. The President and advisors like Steve Bannon are effectively egging on these acts of hate and bigotry by making discrimination against us official U.S. policy. - 3/6/17

Evin Prison Violating Iranian Law by Keeping Political Prisoners in Wards With Violent Offenders

- The authorities of Evin Prison in Tehran are violating Iranian law by refusing to move four political prisoners who have been attacked by other inmates to a ward for non-violent offenders, a source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 3/6/17

Imprisoned Iran-Born Swedish Resident Refusing Food and Water in Desperate Bid for Justice

- Iranian-born Swedish resident Ahmadreza Jalali is protesting his detainment in Iran since April 2016 without charge and denial of access to due process by refusing food and water. "On Thursday (February 23) Ahmadreza's relatives in Tehran visited him in prison and said he had lost a lot of weight and was in a bad mental state," Vida Mehrannia told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. "He also has chest and kidney pains." - 3/5/17

Late Iranian Dissident Cleric's Son Freed After Sentence Suspended

- Iran's judiciary has suspended the six-year prison term of the son of prominent deceased dissident cleric Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri. The semi-official ISNA news agency reported on March 4 that the court ordered the six-year term of Ahmad Montazeri suspended at the request of an unidentified senior cleric (after being approved by the Supreme Leader). - 3/5/17

Iranian-American's Hunger Strike Highlights Iran's Jailing of Dual Nationals

- The sister of an Iranian-American man detained in Iran since July says he has entered the third week of a hunger strike against what he sees as an unjust jail term for "collaborating with a hostile government." - 3/4/17

Obama Administration Made Last-Ditch Attempt To Free Americans From Iranian Prison

- In the final weeks of Barack Obama's presidency, administration representatives held secret negotiations with Iranian officials, aimed at securing the release of American citizens imprisoned in Tehran. The talks, described publicly for the first time by a lawyer working on behalf of two of the prisoners, began in mid-December and collapsed days before President Donald Trump's inauguration in January. -Huffington Post - 3/3/17

Iranian-Kurdish Activist Lured to Government Office and Arrested by Intelligence Ministry

- Farzaneh Jalali, an Iranian-Kurdish civil rights activist, has been held at an Intelligence Ministry detention center in the city of Kermanshah in northwestern Iran since being arrested on February 23, 2017, she told her family in a phone call. - 3/2/17

Former Iranian Political Prisoner Arrested by "Unidentified Agents" Without a Warrant

- Former political prisoner Majid Asadi was arrested at his home in Karaj, west of Tehran, and taken to Evin Prison on February 21, 2017 by "unidentified agents who did not show a warrant," an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 3/2/17

Iranian-American Orgs on Rise in Hate Crimes: Time for Leaders to Condemn These Incidents

- As Iranian American organizations, we have been sounding the alarm on the divisive rhetoric against immigrants, spurred by the harmful and discriminatory effects of the Trump Administration's Executive Order banning nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries - including Iran - from entering the United States. - 3/1/17

Trump Pays Lip Service on Hate

- National Iranian American Council Policy Director Jamal Abdi issued the following statement in response to Trump's Congressional address: "After months of demonizing Muslims, banning Iranians from visiting their families in America, and fanning the flames of hatred in our country, Donald Trump finally went on a limb tonight and condemned acts of hate. It was far too little, far too late. It is unacceptable to pay lip service against hate tonight and ban our families tomorrow... - 3/1/17

Editor of State-Funded Iranian News Agency Remains Detained Without Access to Due Process

- Detained since December 2016, Tahereh Riahi, the social affairs editor of the state-funded Borna News Agency, remains isolated in Evin Prison in Tehran while being denied access to legal counsel. Riahi was working at Borna's main office in Tehran when she was arrested by agents of the Intelligence Ministry on December 27, 2016. She has been accused of "propaganda against the state." - 3/1/17

Former MP Demands That Iran Implement Right of Ethnic Minorities to Preserve Languages

- A former member of Parliament and Iranian-Kurdish rights activist, Jalal Jalalizadeh, has strongly criticized the Islamic Republic's refusal to recognize the constitutional right of ethnic minorities to preserve their languages. - 2/28/17

After Kansas Murder, NIAC Calls on Trump to Condemn Anti-Immigrant Violence

- The National Iranian American Council is horrified and outraged by the shooting of three people in Olathe, Kansas Wednesday evening. NIAC sends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Srinivas Kuchibotla, who passed away, and Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot, both of whom are recovering from injuries. - 2/26/17

Four Azeri Rights Activists Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison for Peaceful Activism

- One defendant, Alireza Farshi, told the Campaign that Branch 1 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court had sentenced him to 15 years in prison and two years in exile while three of his colleagues-Akbar Azad, Behnam Sheikhi and Hamid Manafi-had each been sentenced to 10 years in prison and two years in exile. - 2/26/17

Largest Trade Union Body Asks Iran's Leader to End Persecution of Prominent Activist

- The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has written to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei calling for an end to the persecution of Reza Shahabi, a prominent labor activist who has refused to comply with a summons to return to prison. - 2/24/17

Iranian Sunni Leader Worried By Alleged 'Secret Order' To Quickly Execute Prisoners

- The spiritual leader of Iran's Sunnis has written to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to express concern over "rumors" of a secret order for the speedy execution of Sunni prisoners convicted of drug trafficking. Molavi Abdolhamid, the Friday Prayers leader of the southeastern city of Zahedan in the restive Sistan-Baluchistan Province, calls in his letter to Khamenei for "wise and fatherly" intervention into the issue. - 2/23/17

Beaten and Harassed, Dual National Serving 18-Year Prison Sentence in Iran on Hunger Strike

- Iranian-American dual citizen Reza (Robin) Shahini, currently serving an 18-year prison sentence in Gorgan Prison (about 190 miles east of Tehran), has gone on hunger strike to protest his unjust sentence. An informed source also told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Shahini, who is currently being held in solitary confinement, has been beaten and repeatedly harassed by prison staff and inmates. - 2/23/17

Ahmad Montazeri, Son Of Top Iranian Dissident Cleric, Taken Into Custody

- The son of one of the founding fathers of Iran's Islamic republic has been arrested to serve a six-year prison sentence for releasing a decades-old audio tape in which his father denounced the mass executions of political prisoners in 1988. - 2/22/17

Top Iranian Professor at Zabol University Sentenced to Imprisonment and Flogging

- A highly regarded professor in Zabol University in southeastern Iran has been sentenced to imprisonment and flogging for posting protests against university administration on Telegram, a cloud-based instant messaging application popular in Iran. - 2/22/17

Iran Bans Teen Chess Siblings Over Head Scarf, Match Against Israeli

- Iranian chess officials have barred two teen siblings from domestic chess tournaments and the national team for crossing some of the religious establishment's so-called red lines at an international chess event. - 2/20/17

Iran's Supreme Leader Cements Hardline Position by Rejecting Offer of National Reconciliation

- Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's refusal of an offer to achieve "national reconciliation" in Iran by ending the six-year extrajudicial house arrests of three opposition leaders has crushed hopes that the state's crackdown on dissidents, which intensified in response to the nationwide protests against the results of the disputed 2009 election, would finally end. - 2/18/17

Iran: Women Allowed to Attend Kish Island Open

- The apparent decision by Iranian authorities to allow women to attend the Kish Island Open volleyball tournament is a positive, if small, step in the right direction, Human Rights Watch said today. Recent media reports said that female spectators will be allowed to attend the four-day beach volleyball competition, from February 15 through 18, 2017. Women had been barred from attending volleyball tournaments under a 2012 decree, in violation of international rules. -HRW - 2/18/17

Trump Travel Ban Crashes Texas Wedding Plans

- President Donald Trump has repeatedly said his approach to preventing terrorist attacks on U.S. soil won't always be tidy. That's especially true when it affects things like the already delicate task of compiling a wedding guest list. Just ask Shervin Taheran. -John T. Bennett, Roll Call - 2/18/17

PHOTOS: Dust storm, public utility outage spark protests in Ahwaz, Iran

- Recurrent periods of suffocating dust storms, lately accompanied by crippling power and water supply cuts, have provoked public protests in the city of Ahvaz, southwestern province of Khuzestan. - 2/17/17

Revolutionary Guards Try to Silence US-Based Iranian Dissident by Arresting Her Sister

- Leila Haghighatjou, the sister of Fatemeh Haghighatjou, an outspoken critic of the Islamic Republic, was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards to intimidate the former member of Parliament, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 2/16/17

'Not Even Dogs Live Like This' -- Afghan Refugees Return Home To Find Squalid Conditions

- Standing in a battered tent flanked by mud and human waste, Sahibuddin Khan and his family of five are among the thousands of returning Afghan refugees seeking food and shelter in crowded, ramshackle camps that have sprung up on the outskirts of Kabul. -RFE/RL - 2/16/17

PHOTOS: Iranians Protest Air Pollution, Water Cuts In Ahvaz

- Demonstrators took the streets of the western Iranian city of Ahvaz on February 13 to protest against air pollution, water shortages, and power cuts. Amateur video obtained by RFE/RL's Radio Farda showed crowds chanting against what they called "injustice." They also condemned state television for its apparent lack of reporting on the condition of public utilities in city. - 2/15/17

Iran's Judiciary Commutes Death Sentences of Some Juvenile Offenders

- The Iranian judiciary has agreed to commute the death sentences of six people who were sentenced to death while they were juveniles while refusing the requests of four others, Tehran's Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi announced on February 8, 2017. - 2/14/17

Iranian Chicagoan Says Life Under Trump Reminds Him of Ahmadinejad

- Chicagoans from each of seven countries listed in President Trump's travel ban explain how the executive order has changed their lives. -Chicago Magazine - 2/13/17

Report: Iranian Hackers Target Activists' Mac Devices With Revamped Malware

- State-sponsored Iranian hackers, who had until now focused almost exclusively on civil and human rights-focused users of the Android operating systems, have for the first time developed malware (software that damages or disables computer systems) that targets users' Apple devices, according to a new report by Internet security expert, Collin Anderson. - 2/12/17

Iranian Baby Barred By Travel Ban Enters U.S. For Lifesaving Surgery

- An Iranian baby girl denied entry to the U.S. for lifesaving surgery under President Donald Trump's travel ban has arrived in America for treatment. Fatemeh Reshad was admitted at Oregon Health & Science University's Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland on Tuesday, doctors confirmed. -Huffington Post - 2/9/17

Iran's Intelligence Ministry Cracks Down on Alleged "Anti-Revolutionary" Telegram Channels

- In the latest crackdown by hardliners against popular social media applications in Iran, the Intelligence Ministry has detained several channel administrators of Telegram. Hardline domestic news outlets have subsequently aired admins' alleged video "confessions." - 2/9/17

Jailed Iranian Swedish Physician Sentenced to Death in Iran

- Iranian physician Ahmadreza Jalali, who was arrested in Iran ten months ago, has been reportedly sentenced to death. Although charges have not yet been announced publicly by Iranian Judiciary, Jalili's wife maintains that they are political and include the charge of "collaborations with enemy states". - 2/8/17

In Iran, From Prison to Exile for Posting Jokes on Facebook

- After completing a five-year prison sentence in Iran for posting jokes about religion on Facebook, the Judiciary has sent Soheil Babadi into exile. The 39-year-old computer engineer must now spend the next two years in Beshagard, a remote community of 35,000 people in the southern coastal province of Hormozgan, a source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 2/8/17

Editor Detained by Iran's Intelligence Ministry Pleads for Help From Evin Prison

- Tahereh Riahi, the social affairs editor of the state-funded Borna News Agency, who has been detained by the Intelligence Ministry since late December 2016 without access to legal council, pleaded for help in her latest phone call to her family from Evin Prison, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 2/6/17

Iranian-Americans feel stuck, confused, afraid of travel ban

- Iranian-American supermarket supervisor Alan Tahmasebi voted for Donald Trump last year, hoping a businessman would be more trustworthy than a politician. The 35-year-old now sorely regrets it, seeing the havoc wreaked upon his fellow countrymen - and his family - since the new president issued a temporary travel ban on refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, including his former home. -Chicago Tribune - 2/6/17

U.S. Travel Ban Stands Between Iranian Cancer Patient And Her Grandmother

- These are trying times for Negin Ghanei and her family. Doctors in the United States last year detected a return of her teenage daughter Kiana's lymphoma cancer, leaving the transplanted Iranians in what the U.S.-based chemical engineer calls a state of shock. Ghanei says the second shock came in late January when she learned that Kiana's 74-year-old grandmother couldn't travel to the United States to help care for Kiana and provide them all with much-needed moral support. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 2/3/17

Iranian-Dutch Dual National and Dissident Imprisoned in Tehran Denied Medical Care

- The officials of Evin Prison are denying Sabri Hassanpour, an Iranian-born citizen of the Netherlands and outspoken critic of the Islamic Republic who has been imprisoned in Iran since March 2016, open-heart surgery, according to an informed source. - 2/3/17

Iranian infant hoping for OHSU surgery banned from entering U.S.

- A 4-month-old Iranian girl in need of heart surgery has been unable to travel to Oregon for the procedure due to the immigration ban put in place by President Donald Trump last week barring immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, her uncle said. -Kale Williams, The Oregonian - 2/3/17

Iranian man barred from entering U.S. lands at LAX; first to return after court order

- The first time Ali Vayeghan tried to enter the United States, the Iranian man was met at Los Angeles International Airport by stern border control officials, who detained him in a sparse room overnight before forcing him back onto a plane. Six days and 15,000 miles of flying later, Vayeghan returned to LAX on Thursday and received a very different welcome. -Los Angeles Times - 2/3/17

In Love and in Limbo: Couple Stuck Between US and Iranian Immigration Orders

- Mohammad Mesbahi, 27, an Iranian-American from Fairfax, Virginia, crinkles his nose and laughs when asked why he loves his wife. "There's a lot of things!" he chuckles. "Every single little thing." Mesbahi and Iranian citizen Homa Esfandiari were married in Tehran in December 2014. -ABC News - 2/2/17

America Polarized and in Turmoil: United, we must take back our country from the ultra-supremacists in the White House

- Among the executive orders signed by President Donald J. Trump this past Friday, there is the enhancing "national security and border control," that has led to massive demonstrations and much controversy. No patriotic American, native or naturalized, could argue against the meritorious notion of enhancing our national security, immigration and border control. However, while most Americans are committed to inclusivity and blind justice, Trump and his dwindling number of supporters want to block Muslims by using a religious litmus test for entry and immigration to the US. -David N. Rahni - 2/1/17

Groom And Doom: Iranians' Wedding Visit Dashed By U.S. Travel Ban

- One Iranian family is just one of many whose plans have been severely disrupted by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order barring them from entering the United States for at least 90 days. Sara had been preparing herself for a joyous family occasion. The 35-year-old mother from northern Iran had recently gotten her U.S. visa and booked flights to Dallas, Texas, for herself, her 1-year-old son, and her mother, who was equally excited about seeing her grown son after five long years. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 2/1/17

Iranian Government Dismisses Death Of Kurdish Porters Accusing Them Of Smuggling

- The plight of Kurdish porters in the Western border regions of Iran has been highlighted once more by human rights activists with more avalanche fatalities. Red Crescent officials explain that the porters' only means of making a living is through carrying commercial goods on their backs through the border which is a rough terrain often hit by avalanches in the winter. - 2/1/17

75-year-old grandmother from Iran tells the story of her detention at LAX

- Marzieh Moosavizadeh and her grandson follow a routine when she visits almost every year from Iran. The 75-year-old, who travels in a wheelchair and speaks little English, struggles to find direct flights to Phoenix, where he and his family live. So they meet in Los Angeles and he escorts her on the last leg of her trip. This time was different. -Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times - 2/1/17



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