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Tehran orchestra thwarts order to omit female musicians from concert

- A performance by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra to open the World Wrestling Club competitions was cancelled after the conductor refused to accept a last-minute demand to remove all female musicians. - 11/30/15

Art show stressing children as main victims of Syrian war opens in Tehran

- The Aylan International Cartoon and Illustration Exhibition opened at Iran's House of Cartoon in Tehran on Sunday evening in order to draw international attention to children as the main victims of the war in Syria. - 11/30/15

Iranian political prisoners say authorities used violent offenders against them

- Five political prisoners in Rejai Shahr Prison in Karaj have begun a hunger strike to protest that prison authorities have orchestrated attacks against them using "two prisoners with a history of violence". - 11/29/15

The Truth About Siamak Namazi, the Iranian-American Arrested in Iran

- "It is only when a mosquito lands on your testicles that you realize there is always a way to solve problems without using violence." Siamak Namazi sent me an Internet meme with this quote only a few weeks ago. It was his clever way of responding to the heated discussions I was having on social media in his defense. The Daily Beast had just published an article attacking Siamak and his family, via a pseudonym, as Siamak was being interrogated in Iran. -Ahmad Kiarostami, Huffington Post - 11/28/15

Turkey arrests journalists who exposed shipments of arms to Syria

- The Turkish judiciary has arrested Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Can Dundar, along with the daily's Ankara bureau chief, Erdem Gul, accusing them of espionage, revealing classified documents and being members of a terrorist organization. The report alleges the arms were going to extremist groups fighting against the Syrian regime. - 11/28/15

Political Prisoner's Health Deteriorating as His Hunger Strike Enters Fourth Week

- Iranian political prisoner Majid Azarpey is in extremely poor health since beginning a wet hunger strike (refusing solid foods) in Tehran's Evin Prison on November 3, 2015 to protest his sentence. - 11/27/15

Justice Minister alarmed by high number of prisoners in Iran

- Iran's Minister of Justice has expressed concern about the high number of prisoners in the country. Prior to Iran's 1979 Revolution, Iran, with a population of 36 million, had about 10,000 prisoners. Statistics released last year indicate that Iran now has 210,000 prisoners. - 11/27/15

Women's Futsal Team Captain Allowed to Travel to World Championship Only after Judiciary Gives Consent

- The captain of the Iranian women's national Futsal team, Niloufar Ardalan, who was previously banned from leaving the country to play in the Asian championships in Malaysia because her husband, Mehdi Tutunchi, had not given his consent, has received permission from the Judiciary to travel with the team to Guatemala for the world futsal championship. - 11/25/15

Iranian filmmaker among those arrested in recent sweeps

- Mohammad Nourizad, an Iranian filmmaker and activist, was arrested on the morning of Saturday November 23 in front of his home, according to reports from Iran. Nourizad was on his way to the Dena Tyre store, where families of political prisoners and other activists gather each Monday to demand the release of prisoners. - 11/24/15

Captain of Iranian women's futsal team permitted to leave country

- The Iranian judiciary reports that through the intervention of the football federation and other relevant government bodies, Nilofar Ardalan, an Iranian futsal athlete and national team captain, has been granted permission to leave the country to attend championship games in Guatemala. Mizan Khabar reports that the exit permit was issued with the consent of her husband. - 11/24/15

How far will the IRGC go in its arrests?

- The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps have been busy in recent weeks arresting Iranian journalists, resulting in protests that have included those of president Rouhani as well. Majlis member Ali Motahari - the son of the ideological founder of the Islamic revolution who was assassinated in its early years - has called the recent arrests of journalists by the IRGC as unlawful. He is said the force has no jurisdiction over journalists. -Fereshteh Ghazi - 11/24/15

Migrant crisis: 'Iranians' sew lips shut in border protest

- Migrants stuck on the border between Greece and Macedonia sewed their lips together to protest against not being allowed to continue their journey. About six men, apparently from Iran, stripped down during the demonstration near the village of Eidomeni. -BBC - 11/24/15

Iranian Journalist's One-Year Prison Sentence and Two-Year Ban on Media Upheld

- The journalist Rayhaneh Tabatabaie, 35, has been informed that the Appeals Court has approved her one-year prison sentence and two-year ban on political and media activities issued in November 2014 by Judge Salavati. Facebook Posts and Reformist Affiliations Are Her "Crimes" - 11/23/15

Protesters detained outside Evin Prison in Tehran

- A number of protesters were arrested by Islamic Republic authorities on Saturday November 21 in front of Evin Prison in Tehran. The Human Rights Reporters News Agency reports that police arrested the protesters in front of Evin Prison and transferred them to various detention centres. - 11/23/15

Iran Sentences Washington Post Journalist To Prison

- A court in Iran has sentenced Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian to an unspecified prison term following his conviction last month on charges that include espionage, Iranian media report. The ruling was announced by Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei, the spokesman for Iran's judiciary. - 11/22/15

Iranian Journalist Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Her Facebook Posts

- The journalist Solmaz Ikdar has been sentenced to three years in prison for "insulting the Supreme Leader" and "propaganda against the state." The charges were based on content she posted on her Facebook page. - 11/22/15

Iran's Interior Minister demands investigation of interrupted reformist speech

- In the middle of a speech by Reformist figure Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari, he was attacked by about 300 hecklers, prompting Iran's interior minister to ask the Tehran Governor to launch a probe into the attack to identify and prosecute the perpetrators. - 11/21/15

Why imprisoned pastor's wife kept her marital abuse a secret - until now

- The wife of Saeed Abedini, the Iranian-American pastor imprisoned in Iran since September 2012, has had a difficult month. First Naghmeh Abedini canceled all public appearances after telling supporters by email that her husband had abused her physically, emotionally and sexually. Twelve days later, she released a statement saying she regretted her previous emails. "I was under great psychological and emotional distress," she said -Timothy C. Morgan, RNS - 11/21/15

Formerly Jailed Journalist Explains Iran's Recent Crackdown On Dissent

- Iranian-Canadian journalist and documentary filmmaker Maziar Bahari has more perspective than most on what's happening in the country. In 2009, Bahari spent 118 days jailed without charge in Iran, and his memoir formed the basis for the 2014 film "Rosewater" by comedian Jon Stewart. After Bahari was freed, he was sentenced in absentia and banned from returning to Iran. -Charlotte Alfred, Huffington Post - 11/21/15

NIAC Action Condemns Discriminatory Backlash to Heinous Terrorist Attacks

- NIAC Action condemns the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 innocent people and injured dozens of others, and is deeply concerned by the reactionary proposals offered by some U.S. politicians in response - including suggestions to openly infringe on the rights of Americans based on their religious faith and calls for the U.S. to suspend the admittance of refugees and potentially non-refugee visa seekers from Middle Eastern countries, including Iran. - 11/20/15

Largest Wave of Arrests by Iran's Revolutionary Guards Since 2009

- The recently announced arrests of 170 people in Qazvin Province, a number of others in Gilan Province, and five journalists in Tehran, all by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, amounts to the largest crackdown since the violent state suppression of the protests that followed the disputed 2009 presidential election in Iran. - 11/20/15

Iran says Telegram agrees to self-censor for Iranian readers

- Iran's ministry of communications says the Telegram now has an employee dedicated to censoring the site's content for Iranian users, making sure it conforms to Islamic Republic regulations. - 11/20/15

Iranian Women Drivers Not Wearing Hijab Face Tough Police Action

- Cars driven by women who do not observe the hijab (head covering for women) will be impounded and fines will be imposed, according to strict new regulations by Iran's police force. In addition, "trusted invisible agents" will be reporting violations on behalf of the police. - 11/20/15

UN Committee Criticizes Iran's Human Rights Record

- The UN General Assembly's human rights committee has criticized Iran for cracking down on dissent and for its increased use of the death penalty. The committee on November 19 approved a nonbinding resolution drafted by Canada that expresses serious concern about rights violations in the Islamic republic. - 11/20/15

Unnamed Iranian football stars arrested at party

- Three professional Iranian football players were arrested by the authorities at a party. Khabar on line published the news on Tuesday November 18 without identifying the players, indicating only that they are well known stars from one of the country's top football teams. - 11/19/15

Iranian MP accuses IRGC of breaking law by detaining journalists

- Iranian MP Ali Motahari says the recent arrests of journalists by Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) are "against the law". In an interview with the Iran daily on Tuesday November 17, Motahari said detaining journalists is not on the "list of legal duties of the Revolutionary Guards". - 11/18/15

Prominent Iranian Cartoonist Hadi Heidari Arrested

- Security forces arrested the prominent Iranian cartoonist Hadi Heidari in his office at Shahrvand Daily in Tehran today, November 16, 2015. Two co-workers of Heidari at the Tehran daily confirmed the arrest and told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that "a young man came with a warrant. He showed Hadi the warrant and they took him quietly." - 11/17/15

Authorities Launch New Crackdown on Baha'is

- On the morning of Sunday, November 15, Iranian Intelligence Ministry agents carried out the arrest of 20 Baha'is in Tehran, Isfahan and Mashhad. As part of a massive operation, they also closed down Baha'i-run businesses in the province of Mazandaran. -Iran Wire - 11/17/15

Iranian cartoonists and artists draw for France

- Here is a selection of cartoons and drawings by Iranian cartoonists, artists and the press expressing sympathy with the people of France after the Friday's terrorist attacks by the Islamic State in Paris that killed 129 people and injured another 352. - 11/15/15

Photos: Iranians express solidarity with France over Paris attacks

- Iranians have expressed solidarity with the French people following the deadly terror attacks in Paris carried out by the Daesh Takfiri militant group. The Iranians on Saturday paid tribute to those killed or injured in the attacks and extended their condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the attacks by gathering in front of the French embassy in Tehran. - 11/15/15

Detained Iranian journalists remain in custody

- The fate of journalists recently arrested in Iran remains unknown. Afarin Chitsaz, Issa Saharkhiz, Ehssn Mazandarani and Saman Safarzayi were arrested last week by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, who allege these individuals were linked to "the enemy's infiltration plans". - 11/14/15

UN: Iran Must Stop Intimidating Journalists

- U.N. human rights experts are urging Iran to stop intimidating journalists before parliamentary elections next year. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said Wednesday Iranian authorities should stop arresting, prosecuting and harassing journalists and online activists, and should provide a safe space for freedom of expression in the lead-up to the elections. - 11/12/15

Arrests Gather Pace in Iran after Khamenei Gives Green Light for Crackdown

- Several journalists were arrested in Iran over the past week in an intensifying campaign of repression that is based on the belief, spearheaded by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, that the US intends to use any post-nuclear deal opening in Iran to "infiltrate" and undermine the Islamic Republic. - 11/12/15

Ex-US Marine Spends a Fourth Veterans Day in Iranian Jail

- mericans from different walks of life and ethnic backgrounds celebrate Veterans Day, as they have for nearly a century since President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed the holiday at the end of World War I. But the picture is not so rosy for the Hekmatis, an Iranian-American family. Wednesday is the 1,535th day that Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine and decorated war veteran, has spent behind bars in Iran. -Farhad Pouladi, VOA - 11/12/15

Iranian newspaper condemns journalists' arrests, role of IRGC

- Controversy continues over the recent arrest of a number of journalists by Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) on charges of having links to "the enemy's infiltration plans", with the Jomhouri Eslami daily condemning the arrests and accusing the body that initiated the arrests of "stabbing the government in the back and the people in the throat with the term 'infiltration', using the money, arms and media it controls". - 11/12/15

Jailed Iranian activists slam Rohani administration, begin hunger strike

- Majid Azarpey and Ali Shariati, two reformist political prisoners currently held in Ward 8 of Evin Prison, began a hunger strike last Thursday November 5 after addressing a letter to President Hassan Rohani, indicating that they will not end their strike until their cases have been submitted for review. - 11/11/15

Iran: Union leader begins prison sentence as colleagues protest

- Jafar Azimzadeh, the head of Iran's Free Trade Union, has reported to Evin Prison to serve out a six-year prison sentence. According to the Free Trade Union website, Azimzadeh reported to Evin on Sunday November 8 at 10 AM after receiving a summons last week. - 11/10/15

Prominent Reformist Journalist Arrested for "Insulting Supreme Leader"

- The political journalist Issa Saharkhiz has been arrested on charges of "intending to disrupt national security," "propaganda against the state," and "insulting the Supreme Leader," according to his son Mehdi. - 11/10/15

President Rohani makes promise to wife of detained journalist

- The Iranian president has assured the spouse of detained journalist Ehsan Mazandarani that he will follow up on the arrest of her husband. Rohani reportedly assured Hosseiny that there is no need to be concerned, promising that he would follow up on the matter. Rohani was quoted as saying: "These young people are assets to the country and must not be disheartened." - 11/10/15

Iranians arrested over "vulgar" postings on social media network

- Revolutionary Guards in Qazvin have arrested a group of people for their involvement in a mobile social media network and charged them with "acting against moral security". The IRGC-linked website Gerdab reported on Saturday November 7 that the managers of over 170 groups in mobile networks were identified and some were "handed over to the judiciary". - 11/9/15

Saudi charge d'affaires summoned over execution of Iranians

- Iran has summoned Saudi Arabia's charge d'affaires over the execution of three Iranians, whom the kingdom had convicted of drug smuggling. The sentences, issued following trials at courts, had been endorsed by the kingdom's Supreme Court as well as King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. - 11/9/15

Iranian President Rohani Criticizes Hard-Line Media

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has criticized the Islamic republic's hard-line media, suggesting some of these outlets are working as "undercover police" amid a wave of recent arrests by the country's feared Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) that is aimed at cracking down on Western influence. - 11/8/15

Intruders block Iranian reformist's speech, chase speaker, injure guards

- Islamic Republic extremists attacked and halted the speaking event of Fayyaz Zahed, a professor and reformist figure in Lahijan on Wednesday November 4. The Diyar-Mirza website reports that the event was being held on the occasion of National Student Day in Iran, and a group of intruders chanting "death to seditionists!" kept it from proceeding. - 11/7/15

Historian Beeta Baghoolizadeh Sheds Light On Iran's Unique, But Forgotten, History Of Slavery

- Iran only abolished slavery in 1928, but since then, it's been largely erased from the national consciousness. Historian Beeta Baghoolizadeh, who studies Iranian slavery, says the taboo surrounding slavery and Iran's effort to distance itself from its past is due to its precarious position on the world stage 87 years later. -KGOU - 11/7/15

Rohani Hits Back At Iranian Hard-Liners Over Spate Of Arrests

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has criticized a recent wave of arrests carried out by the intelligence branch of the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The arrests appear to be a backlash against Iran's landmark nuclear agreement reached with world powers in July, as well as part of hard-liners' efforts to stifle the political atmosphere ahead of national elections early next year. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/6/15

PAAIA Applauds Resolution and Removal of Recusal Order in Tabaddor Case

- The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans today welcomes the resolution of a suit against the Department of Justice (DOJ) on behalf of sitting Immigration Judge Afsaneh Ashley Tabaddor. The federal lawsuit challenged the DOJ's order requiring Tabaddor to recuse herself from all cases involving Iranian nationals - 11/6/15

Amin Anvari, detained Iranian student activist, released

- Amin Anvari, the University of Amir Kabir activist and student arrested last month by Islamic Republic security forces, was released on bail on Tuesday November 3, 2015. Farah Bakhshi, Anvari's mother, reported that her son was released on bail of 500 million toumans. Bakhshi thanked everyone who had supported her and her son and she called for the release of all political prisoners. - 11/5/15

IRGC arrests "enemy elements" in Iranian media

- A website linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps and Islamic Republic hardliners says the IRGC has arrested "five enemy elements" involved in the media. Islamic Republic leader Ayatollah Khamenei warned in his recent speech that the enemy has infiltrated the country in various areas. - 11/4/15

Reformist Iranian Journalist Freed from Prison after Serving Four Years

- The prominent journalist Alireza Rajaee has been released from prison upon completion of a four-year sentence for his journalistic work and peaceful political activism. Rajaee, a member of the Iranian Journalists Association's Board of Directors, walked out of Evin Prison on October 26, 2015. He had been held at the Prison's Ward 350 since May 2011. - 11/4/15

Setting the Record Straight about Siamak Namazi

- Over the past few days, disheartening news has emerged about the arrest of Siamak Namazi, a Dubai-based American-Iranian citizen whom the author knows very well. While the family has not confirmed the news, Siamak's friends believe that the situation may be the result of a misunderstanding which they hope will be resolved shortly. - 11/3/15

US eases medical sanctions against Iran

- The US government has eased its sanctions regime against Iran, allowing a broad list of medical supplies for exports to the country. In a statement, the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said it was revising restrictions imposed in 2012 on exports of basic medical supplies to Iran. - 11/3/15

Fresh Journalist Arrests In Iran Include Former Culture Official

- Iranian authorities have arrested two journalists, including a former deputy culture minister who was jailed in the 2009 crackdown that followed the disputed reelection of then-President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/3/15

Revolutionary Guards Treat Protesting Iranian Teachers as Agitators, Lawyer Says

- The intelligence unit of the Revolutionary Guards considers activists in the teaching profession to be enemies of the state and treats them as such, according to the lawyer of one of the teachers imprisoned for his peaceful activism. - 11/3/15

Iran's Khamenei Urged To Pardon Condemned Poets

- In a letter signed by more than 110 poets and writers, an advocacy group that promotes free expression worldwide has urged Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to grant pardons to two poets sentenced to long prison terms and floggings. - 11/2/15

Prominent Iranian Reformist Politician Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

- Esmail Gerami Moghaddam, a former Member of Parliament and spokesman for a reformist party has been sentenced to six years in prison. Moghaddam's lawyer, Nemat Ahmadi, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the trial took place on September 29, 2015, and was presided by Judge Salavati who issued a sentence of five years in prison for "collusion against the state." - 11/2/15

Group reports discrimination against Iranians with HIV-AIDS

- An Iranian charity organization reports that students afflicted with HIV-AIDS are being expelled from schools and women suffering from HIV-AIDS are being laid off. - 11/1/15

Iranian-American Executive Arrested in Iran

- Iranian security forces have arrested an Iranian-American businessman who had promoted improved ties between the two countries, adding to signs that hard-liners in Tehran are trying to block foreign investors from entering the Islamic Republic in the wake of the historic nuclear deal. -Farnaz Fassihi and Jay Solomon, WSJ - 10/31/15

Iranian Pop Musicians Accuse Culture Ministry Of Prejudicial Tastes

- A group of Iranian pop music artists has written an open letter to President Hassan Rohani to protest their discriminatory treatment by the Ministry of Culture and Guidance. They write that their music is regarded by the ministry as "shallow" compared to traditional music and this view has resulted in rejections and refusals for concert and distribution permits. - 10/29/15

Arrested Iranian Student Activist Under Intense Pressure to Make False Confession, Says Family

- Student activist Amin Anvari, 21, who received a suspended prison sentence earlier this year for Facebook postings promoting basic civil liberties, has been arrested and held without charge at Evin Prison's Ward 2-A by Iran's Revolutionary Guards since October 4, 2015, and is under intense pressure to make false confessions, according to a family member. - 10/28/15

UN Rapporteur: Iran Human Rights Situation 'Dire'

- The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran warned Tuesday that there has been a disturbing surge in executions in Iran this year. "At least 694 individuals were reportedly executed by hanging in the first seven months of this calendar year," Ahmed Shaheed told reporters. "This year, the number could exceed 1,000 if present trends continue," he added. -Margaret Besheer, VOA - 10/28/15

Iran: Ministry reject reports of official "banned" artists list

- Iran's Ministry of Culture and Guidance denies having published any list of artists banned from artistic activities. Ministry spokesman Hossein Noushabadi said, however, that artists should refrain from collaborating with independent foreign media. - 10/27/15

Iran's Communications Minister Says Telegram Not Blocked

- Iranian authorities deny allegations that they have temporarily blocked a mobile messaging app popular in Iran. Russian Internet entrepreneur Pavel Durov, the founder of the Telegram app, said on October 20 that the service was temporarily blocked in Iran after the company refused to help the authorities "spy" on Iranian citizens. - 10/27/15

Poets Latest to be Snared in Iranian Hardliner Crackdown

- Two Iranian poets jailed for their work and sentenced to 99 lashes apiece for shaking hands with members of the opposite sex are the latest targets in a crackdown that analysts say pits hard-liners against those offering new glimpses of life in the Islamic Republic. -AP - 10/27/15

Russian Web Pioneer Says Iran Blocks Telegram App After Seeking Spying Tools

- Arenowned Russian Internet entrepreneur who created a mobile messaging app popular in Iran said Iranian authorities temporarily blocked the app after his company refused their demands to help them "spy on their citizens." - 10/21/15

Women's rights in Iran: Exiled activist reveals how her fight for equality is attracting male suppor

- Heretic, whore, CIA operative - Masih Alinejad has been called all these things, and worse, by the Iranian authorities. What is her crime? Campaigning for equal rights for women in her home country. -Katie Grant , Independent - 10/21/15

Have Human Rights in Iran Deteriorated after the Nuclear Deal?

- The case of the now-convicted Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, covered in detail by Ali Gharib in this space last week, is only the most glaring example supporting the idea that the human rights situation in Iran has gotten worse rather than better after the conclusion of the nuclear deal. But there are many other examples. -Derek Davison, LobeLog - 10/21/15

Imprisoned activist Iranian activist Narges Mohammadi Should Be Released Immediately and Given Medical Treatment

- The health of imprisoned activist Narges Mohammadi has deteriorated, and the prominent human rights defender is now reportedly chained to a hospital bed, denied proper medical treatment for a worsening neurological condition, and prevented from normal family visitation. - 10/20/15

Iranian Lawmaker Accuses Jason Rezaian, Washington Post Reporter, of Sedition Plot

- An influential Iranian lawmaker delivered inflammatory new accusations on Monday against Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post's Tehran reporter convicted of espionage this month, asserting that he had plotted with seditionists. -NY Times - 10/20/15

Iran's Press Tribunal Heaps Verdict On Reformist Daily

- Iran's Press Court has found the Roozan daily guilty of "propaganda against the regime and quoting content attributed to deviant groups" and found it ineligible for any leniency. The newspaper was closed down in December of 2014 by order of the Tehran Prosecutor. Reports indicate the shutdown was related to the daily's publication of a special issue in memory of the late dissident clergy member Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri. - 10/20/15

Iran's President Rohani stands up for internet freedom

- Rohani has called for the easing of public access to the internet and social media. The Mehr News Agency reports that Rohani told a meeting of the Supreme Council of Virtual Space: "Facilitating public access to virtual space and social media should be a priority, even as we resist the misuse of this information exchange." - 10/19/15

Iranian Official Warns Over Influx Of Afghan Refugees

- The governor of Iran's Sistan and Baluchistan Province, which borders Afghanistan and Pakistan, has warned that the country needs to be prepared for a new wave of would-be Afghan migrants. "Unfortunately, because of threats and insecurity in several areas in Afghanistan, we are witnessing a growing flood of Afghan migrants," Ali Osat Hashemi was quoted as saying by Iranian news agencies. - 10/19/15

Iranian Foreign Minister Says He's Working To Resolve Case Of Jailed Reporter

- Iran's Foreign Minister says jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian faces serious charges in Tehran, but he is seeking to resolve the case from a "humanitarian perspective." Speaking during a security conference in Tehran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the "issue over this defendant is judicial process but we are making efforts to resolve it." - 10/18/15

Iranian teachers released from UAE detention

- Hassan Qashqavi, the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs, has announced that the Iranian teachers arrested by United Arab Emirates authorities have been released. Ten Iranian teachers were arrested in Al-Ain, UAE last week, accused by UAE authorities of holding visas that were only valid for travel to Dubai and not Al-Ain. - 10/18/15

Inside Iran's Revolutionary Courts

- After Iran's Islamic Revolution secretive courts were set up to try suspected ideological opponents of the regime, with no jury, no defence lawyers and often no evidence beyond a confession extracted from the defendant by means of torture. Those who survived them still bear the psychological scars today. -Jenny Norton, BBC - 10/17/15

UN Experts Denounce Execution Of Two Juveniles In Iran

- United Nations human rights experts expressed "outrage and profound sadness" at Iran's execution of two juvenile offenders, urging the country to "stop killing children." - 10/17/15
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