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Hackers Exploit Android Phone Security Flaw to Target Iranian Activists

- Suspected state-sponsored hackers have intensified their attempts to break into the online accounts of Iranian rights activists in recent weeks by exploiting security vulnerabilities in Android smartphones, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. - 8/31/16

Jailed Canadian prof in Iran can 'hardly walk or talk,' say relatives

- After three months in solitary detention, the Canadian-Iranian university professor Homa Hoodfar's health has declined to the point that she can barely walk or talk, her relatives say. In a statement released Tuesday, the family of Prof. Hoodfar said the 65-year-old Concordia University anthropologist had to be hospitalized as her condition worsened since being held after June 6 at Tehran's Evin Prison. -Globe & Mail - 8/31/16

Iranian Judiciary Blocking Compensation for False Arrests

- More than a year after Iran's new Code of Criminal Procedure went into effect, the Judiciary is resisting implementing Article 255, which grants individuals the right to sue the government and seek damages for false arrests. - 8/31/16

Unjustly Imprisoned Young Iranian Physicist Granted Conditional Release After Five Years

- August 29, 2016-Imprisoned Iranian scientist Omid Kokabee, who spent more than five years in Evin Prison for refusing to work on Iran's military projects, was granted conditional release on August 29, 2016. Kokabee, currently on medical leave, was diagnosed with kidney cancer this past April after years of being denied proper medical treatment by prison authorities. - 8/30/16

Recording on 1988 Prison Massacre Exposes Early Fissure in the Islamic Republic of Iran

- The recently released audio recording of Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri sharply denouncing the mass execution of political prisoners in the summer of 1988 has highlighted disagreements among prominent figures of the Islamic Republic that arose from the decision by Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran's 1979 revolution, to put thousands of political dissidents to death. - 8/30/16

House of Khomeini and Mass Executions of 88

- Figures at various levels of the Islamic Republic continue to react to the release of audio files involving conversations between the late dissident cleric Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri and top government figures regarding the "death committee" in charge of the mass execution of political prisoners in Iran in 1988. - 8/29/16

Iranian Official Admits Executions Haven't Slowed Drug Trafficking

- A top Iranian judiciary official says the death penalty hasn't deterred drug trafficking, which is in fact on the rise. "The truth is, the execution of drug smugglers has had no deterrent effect," Mohammad Baqer Olfat, deputy head of judiciary for social affairs, was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency on August 27. - 8/28/16

Burkas, Burkinis, Veils and Women's Rights

- Symbolism matters. Especially when it comes to other people's cultures. Most recently we see the old/new issue about Muslim women's dress, especially now grabbing headlines in France where "Islamic beachwear" or the "burkini" (burka-bikini), has been banned in several Riviera beach towns. France of course leads the world in its militantly secular posture on cultural and civic affairs. As well as the symbol of the bikini itself. (Topless--I won't even go there.) -Graham E. Fuller, LobeLog - 8/28/16

Fans Take To Social Media To Demand Release Of Iranian Rapper Amir Tataloo

- Iranian fans have taken to Instagram and other social media to demand the release of Amir Tataloo, a popular and controversial rapper arrested on charges of spreading depravity among youth. "Free Tataloo!" and "He Is Not Guilty!" say dozens of comments posted on the Instagram account of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. -Farangis Najibullah and Mohammad Reza Yazdanpanah - 8/26/16

Iranian Journalists Alarmed As Media Legislation Resurfaces

- Critics say proposed new legislation in Iran would mean an end to any form of independent journalism in the Islamic republic while playing into the hands of the country's security organs and hard-line conservative judiciary, who would like to see even tighter state control of the media. - 8/24/16

Iran Warns, Detains 450 Social-Media Users, Citing 'Immoral' Posts

- Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said it has summoned, detained, and warned some 450 administrators of social-media groups in recent weeks. - 8/24/16

Elderly Pro-Democracy Iranian Activist Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

- The four-year prison sentence handed down to imprisoned author and peaceful political activist Kourosh Zaim has no legal basis and the 77-year-old should be immediately released because of his advanced age, his lawyer Giti Pourfazel told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 8/23/16

Iran Green Movement leaders under house arrest; more than 2000 days

- It has now been established that Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) Supreme Leader has absolute jurisdiction over the release of the three opposition leaders who have been under house arrest since February 2011. Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Zahra Rahnavard are the leader of the 2009 Green Movement in Iran and they are still being kept under house arrest without due processes. -Ehsan Mehrabi - 8/22/16

Reformist Iranian Journalist's Prison Sentence Reduced on Appeal

- The prison sentence of reformist journalist Ehsan (Saman) Safarzaei has been reduced from five to two years, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. Safarzaei's lawyer, Iman Mirzadeh, confirmed he received the ruling in writing from Branch 36 of Tehran's Appeals Court on August 15, 2016. - 8/19/16

Imprisoned Epileptic Iranian Journalist Denied Request for Early Release

- Imprisoned reformist journalist Ahmad Asgari, who suffers from severe epilepsy, has been denied early conditional release and medical furlough (temporary leave), an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, despite doctors' determination that he is medically unfit to continue serving his sentence. - 8/18/16

Iran Arrests Dual National on Security-related Charges

- Iran has detained an Iranian with citizenship in another country over allegations the person had links to British intelligence services, a prosecutor said Tuesday, the latest dual national arrested in the country. - 8/17/16

President Rouhani Battles Religious Hardliners Over Concert Cancellations in Iran

- A simmering battle between the government of President Hassan Rouhani and hardline religious figures over music concerts is playing out in northeastern Iran. Most recently, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli questioned the the announced suspension of all music concerts in Khorasan Razavi Province in a letter to the Judiciary. - 8/16/16

Acceptable Losses: Aiding and abetting the Saudi slaughter in Yemen

- Just a few short years ago, Yemen was judged to be among the poorest countries in the world, ranking 154th out of the 187 nations on the U.N.'s Human Development Index. Such was the dire condition of the country before Saudi Arabia unleashed a bombing campaign in March 2015, which has destroyed warehouses, factories, power plants, ports, hospitals, water tanks, gas stations, and bridges, along with miscellaneous targets ranging from donkey carts to wedding parties to archaeological monuments. -Andrew Cockburn, Harper's Magazine - 8/13/16

Five Prisoners Hanged in Iran in Accelerating Rate of Executions

- All of the prisoners except for Mohammad Abdollahi were sentenced to death on drug-related charges. The UN has stated that drug-related crimes do not meet the standard of the most serious crimes for which capital punishment may be applied. - 8/12/16

British Prime Minister Presses Rohani Over Detained British-Iranian Woman

- British Prime Minister Theresa May has urged the Iranian president to resolve the case of a British-Iranian aid worker who faces trial in Iran. May's office said on August 9 she had "raised concerns" about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and other dual nationals during a telephone call with President Hassan Rohani. - 8/10/16

Anti-Pollution Initiative Stymied by Ban on Women Riding Bicycles in Public

- Women's rights activists and environmentalists joined forces in the city of Marivan, in Iran's Kurdistan Province, after a local anti-pollution initiative encouraging people to ride bikes or walk instead of using their cars ran aground when security agents objected to women riding bicycles in public. - 8/9/16

Iran Executes Nuclear Scientist For Spying For U.S.

- Shahram Amiri, the Iranian nuclear scientist who disappeared from Iran in 2009, later on claiming that he was kidnapped, tortured and bribed to cooperate with the CIA on revealing Iranian nuclear secrets was covertly executed in Iran. - 8/7/16

Names of Mass Execution Victims in Iran Still Not Released

- Iran is withholding the names of ten of the twenty Sunni prisoners who were executed in Rajaee Shahr Prison in the city of Karaj on August 2, 2016 even though the prosecutor general and the Intelligence Ministry have made statements on the executions. - 8/6/16

Rights Groups Condemn Iran's Executions of 20 Kurdish Prisoners

- Human rights groups on Thursday condemned the execution of at least 20 Kurdish activists in Iran who had been charged with links to terrorism. A statement by the Iranian intelligence ministry confirmed the Wednesday executions, saying the convicts were part of a terrorist cell that was responsible for armed attacks in Iran's western provinces. -VOA - 8/5/16

Iran offers human rights dialog with Europe

- Iran's Judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani has proposed that the Islamic Republic and Europe initiate a dialog on human rights. Human rights have long been a point of friction between Iran and the West, with Ayatollah Amoli-Larijani saying Europe and the US are making an "instrumental use" of the issue. - 8/5/16

Iran Executes Up To 20 Kurdish Militants, Drawing Human Rights Criticism

- Iran has executed up to 20 Kurdish Islamists suspected of attacks on security forces, drawing condemnation from rights groups who say the convictions may have been based on forced confessions. - 8/4/16

Head Of Tehran Think Tank Arrested For Criticizing Iran's Army

- Iranian authorities have arrested a hard-line theorist who heads a think tank in Tehran after he criticized the Iranian Army. In a video published on social media networks in Iran, Abbasi, criticized the army for inaction -- particularly on social and political issues. - 8/4/16

Lawyers Still Languishing in Jails in Iran for Defending Dissidents Under Rouhani's Watch

- Dozens of human rights lawyers who have been imprisoned for years in Iran for defending civil rights and political prisoners, remain behind bars three years after President Hassan Rouhani came to office, despite his campaign pledge to free political prisoners. - 8/3/16

Ninety-two Student Groups in Iran Criticize Rouhani for Unfulfilled Promises

- Ninety-two university student groups have issued a joint letter to President Hassan Rouhani criticizing the persistent "atmosphere of fear and intimidation" in Iran's universities following a spate of attacks and sabotage against peaceful student activities. - 8/3/16

British-Iranian Aid Worker Charged In Tehran's Revolutionary Court

- A British-Iranian aid worker detained since early April and accused of trying to overthrow Iran's government has appeared in Tehran's Revolutionary Court for the first time, her family said on August 2. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband, Richard Ratcliffe, dismissed accusations she sought a "soft toppling" of the government. - 8/3/16

30 Sunni prisoners on the death row transferred to an undisclosed location in Iran

- Riot control guards have raided prison ward 4 associated with Sunni prisoners on death row in Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, Iran. The riot control police known as the Black Guards then cuffed 30 Sunni prisoners and transferred them to an undisclosed location. - 8/3/16

150 Boys and Girls Arrested in Crackdown on Co-ed Parties

- One hundred fifty young girls and boys were arrested for attending an "inappropriate mixed-gender" birthday party near the city of Tehran, according to an announcement by the police commander of western Tehran province. The arrests are the latest in an ongoing crackdown on mixed-gender parties that has resulted in the detainment of scores of young people in the past few months. - 7/31/16

Iran: Reformist Newspaper Editor's Prison Sentence Reduced on Appeal

- The seven-year prison sentence of reformist newspaper editor Ehsan Mazandarani has been reduced to two years on appeal, his brother-in-law Sam Hosseini told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 7/31/16

Arrested Iranian-American from San Diego Held Incommunicado and without Access to Lawyer

- Iranian-American Robin (Reza) Shahini, the latest victim of a string of arrests and prolonged detainments of dual nationals who have travelled to Iran, was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards' Intelligence Organization in the city of Gorgan, 255 miles east of Tehran, and has been held without access to a lawyer, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. - 7/26/16

Tehran Confirms Arrest Of Iranian-American

- Iran has confirmed the arrest of an Iranian-American who was visiting family in the country, the latest in a series of arrests of dual nationals by the Islamic republic over the past year. - 7/25/16

More than 50 Iranian youth arrested in mixed gender party

- The head of the judiciary for Damavand municipality has announced that more than 50 young Iranian women and men have been arrested in raiding of a mixed-gender party in Ab-e Sard region. Damavand is a rural mountainous area northeast of the Iranian capital, Tehran, where Tehranians go to relax, hike or rent a cottage and party. - 7/23/16

Another Iranian-American Detained In Iran, Family Says

- The U.S. State Department said on July 21 that it is looking into reports that another Iranian-American has been detained in Iran. Family members said Iranian authorities took Robin Shahini, 46, of San Diego, California, into custody on July 11 while he was visiting his sick mother in Iran and he has not been heard from since. - 7/22/16

Iran's Conservatives Lash Out at New Female Fashion Trends

- Iran's anti-vice squads, also referred to as the morality police, are particularly busy in the hot summer months when Iranian women wear lighter clothes and are less observant of the mandatory hijab. But this year the squads are focusing on a new "threat:" women wearing clothes with large English words on them. - 7/22/16

Atena Farghadani: Iranian cartoonist opens up about her captivity

- In her first interview to Western media since winning her release, Atena Farghadani talks about the horrific conditions behind bars in Iran and how she plans to continue producing political art, even if that means going to prison again -Independent - 7/21/16

Tots Caught: Tehran Kindergarten Shut Down Over Mixed-Gender Swimming Pool

- An Iranian official says a kindergarten has been shut down in the capital over a mixed-gender swimming pool. Tasnim had reported disapprovingly that the pool belonged to a kindergarten on Africa Street in an affluent neighborhood of the capital that had allowed mixed swimming and "proudly" posted the pictures on its official website. - 7/20/16

Iran is 'toying with lives' of political prisoners by denying them medical care: Amnesty International

- The Iranian authorities are callously toying with the lives of political prisoners by denying them adequate medical care - putting them at risk of irreversible damage to their health or even death - according to a new report by Amnesty International today. - 7/19/16

Exploitation of prisoners' labour in Iranian jails

- Prison work for inmates in Iran is a chance to briefly escape the inexorable walls that prescribe their daily lives for years on end or perhaps for the rest of their lives. However, prison workers have become slaves in ventures solely aimed at replenishing the pockets of prison officials. - 7/19/16

New Law Reduces Employment Prospects for Women in Iran

- Iran's Parliament has ratified an amended law that reduces the working hours of female employees with certain family obligations by eight hours per week. Although the law requires employers to pay these women full-time wages, rights advocates say the law will harm the employment prospects of women entering the job market and reduce the job security of those already employed, as employers balk at the costs the legislation will incur upon them. - 7/15/16

NIAC Action Welcomes EU Decision Not to Reciprocate on American Travelers

- NIAC Action Executive Director Jamal Abdi released the following statement after the European Commission indicated it would intensify efforts to achieve visa waiver reciprocity, foregoing a potential suspension of the Visa Waiver Program in reaction to restrictions on European travelers: - 7/15/16

Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Quits after Years of State Harassment and Threats

- Constant pressure and harassment by Iran's Judiciary and security establishment have forced a human rights lawyer to leave her profession. Giti Pourfazel-who spent nearly 10 years representing political prisoners and their families, usually for free-has submitted her resignation to Iran's Bar Association. - 7/15/16

70-Year-Old Man Sentenced to Flogging for Demanding Information on Missing Son

- The wife of Hashem Zeinali, a 70-year-old man who was given a lashing and prison sentence after peacefully demanding information about his missing son while standing outside Evin Prison, is hoping that the Appeals Court will overturn the ruling. - 7/14/16

Legal Expert Expresses Outrage over Charges against Renowned Iranian Artist Parviz Tanavoli

- Charging the prominent Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli, who also holds Canadian citizenship, with "disturbing public opinion and spreading falsehoods" is "shocking," an expert on the Iranian legal system told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 7/14/16

Commentary: Iran's Hard-Liners Crack Down as Their Base of Support Narrows

- There is a crackdown underway in Iran. But it is no longer just a crackdown on dissent. Rather it is an attempt to crush views or expressions that depart from the insular and rigid worldview of an increasingly small band of hard-liners. - 7/13/16

Jailed Iranian Human Rights Defender's Mother Calls On Rohani To Intervene

- The mother of jailed Iranian human rights defender Narges Mohammadi has called on President Hassan Rohani to intervene in the case of her daughter, who has been on hunger strike for two weeks. Mohammadi, one of Iran's top rights activists, has reportedly refused to eat since June 27 to protest a refusal by prison officials to allow her to speak to her Paris-based children on the phone. - 7/12/16

Prominent Iranian Sculptor Accused Of 'Disturbing Public Peace'

- Prominent Iranian sculptor Parviz Tanavoli, who was recently banned from leaving the country, says he's been accused by the police of "disturbing public peace" and "spreading lies." Tanavoli spoke to the semiofficial ILNA news agency after visiting Iran's special court for culture and media. "They told me my sculptures are examples of disturbing the public peace and spreading lies," Tanavoli said on July 10. - 7/11/16

Iran Announces Indictments for 3 Dual Nationals, Foreigner

- Iran announced Monday that three dual nationals and a foreigner held in the country have been indicted on unknown charges, part of a series of detentions in the wake of last year's nuclear deal with world powers. The four, who have ties to Britain, Canada and the U.S., all are believed to have been detained by hard-liners in Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard. -AP - 7/11/16

Labor Rights Activists Detained Incommunicado in Iranian Kurdish City of Sanandaj

- Labor rights activists Hashem Rostami and Mozaffar Salehinia have been imprisoned in Sanandaj, the capital of Iran's Kordestan Province, for more than two weeks without charge or access to a lawyer, informed sources told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 7/11/16

Man Who Was Imprisoned in Iran for Posting Jokes on Facebook Denied Timely Appeal Verdict

- Computer engineer Soheil Babadi, who was imprisoned in Iran for posting jokes on a satirical Facebook page, has been waiting close to a year for a ruling on his appeal against his prison sentence. The authorities have meanwhile refused to release him on bail or allow him to receive medical treatment outside of Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj (west of Tehran) where he has been held in Ward 12-where political prisoners are kept-since October 1, 2014. - 7/9/16

Iranian Women Sports Spectators: In or Out?

- Images of spectators participating in the third week of the world volleyball championships in Tehran revealed a number of women inside the stadium. In the past years Islamic Republic official have barred Iranian women from entering stadiums to watch sports events. - 7/8/16

Imprisoned Iranian Journalists Granted Brief Reprieve from Prison

- After eight months in detention, newspaper columnist Afarin Chitsaz was released from Evin Prison in Tehran on July 5, 2016 on 10 billion rials ($324,000 USD) bail until her appeal hearing, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. Two imprisoned reformist journalists who were apprehended on the same day as Chitsaz during a wave of arrests by the Revolutionary Guards were meanwhile temporarily released. - 7/8/16

In Support Of The Imprisoned Iranian-American Father And Son, Baquer And Siamak Namazi

- Iranian-American organizations NIAC Action and PAAIA have issued press releases in support of a resolution introduced in the U.S. Congress demanding that Iran release two imprisoned Iranian-Americans, father and son Baquer and Siamak Namazi. No charges have been filed against either Siamak, held since October 2015, or his father, held since February 2016. - 7/7/16

Ailing Iranian Political Prisoner Temporarily Released and Promised Retrial Shortly After Judiciary's Harsh Refusal

- Imprisoned labor activist Jafar Azimzadeh was temporarily released on "extendable furlough" on June 30, 2016 and promised a retrial three days after judicial authorities publicly refused to look into his case following a debilitating hunger strike that left him hospitalized. - 7/7/16

U.S. legislators to call for release of Americans held by Iran

- The resolution will call for Iran to immediately and unconditionally release businessman Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer Namazi, 80, both of whom have dual citizenship. The text of the resolution was seen by Reuters. - 7/6/16

Decades On, Land Mines Shatter Young Lives in Iran

- Remnants of a war fought decades ago continue to devastate innocent lives in Iran. During the conflict with Iraq in the 1980s, millions of land mines were buried throughout Iran's western border provinces. Despite efforts by government demining programs, an unknown amount of undetonated ordnance still litters the countryside. -John Otis, NY Times - 7/6/16

Iran Leader: I am sensitive towards 2009 "events"

- Ali Khamenei, the leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) has said that he is sensitive towards the year 2009 events. He used the term events to avoid using the term protests. Khamenei's comments about the 2009 elections were in response to a student who stood up and raised his voice about Khamenei's stance towards the leaders of the Green Movement, who have been in house arrest for the past 8 years. - 7/5/16

Iranian-Canadian sculptor says he's been barred from leaving Iran

- A renowned Iranian-Canadian sculptor who is considered a rock star among his peers says he has been barred from leaving Iran. Parviz Tanavoli, who divides his time between B.C.'s Horseshoe Bay and Tehran, said he was about to board a flight to London from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport on Saturday when he had his passport confiscated and was told he could not leave.-Globe and Mail - 7/5/16

Journalists in Iran Warned Via Text Message About 'Hostile' Groups

- Hundreds of journalists in Iran have received an anonymous text message warning them not to have contact with "hostile" organizations outside the country. Iranian media say some 700 journalists and public figures received the text message Friday. - 7/3/16

Plight of Jailed Iranian Activist on Hunger Strike Raised in Social Media

- Over sixty days into a hunger strike, jailed labour activist Jafar Azimzadeh is reportedly in grave health condition and Iranian judiciary's lack of attention to his situation has triggered a wave of concern in social media. - 6/30/16

What Donald Trump Teaches Us About How We Become Americans

- Grammar made the news this month, pushed into the spotlight by Donald Trump's renewed campaign to limit the terms of American citizenship. In the wake of the Orlando shooting Trump reaffirmed his pledge to stand strong against "the Muslims," promising not only to keep out those seeking refuge from distant shores but, more ominously, to monitor Muslim families already living in the United States. -Shervin Malekzadeh, Huffington Post - 6/30/16

Ailing Iranian Political Prisoner Denied Critically Needed Medical Care for Her Diabetes

- Political prisoner Nahid (Omolbanin) Gorji has been denied adequate medical care even though she is suffering from diabetes and heart disease, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 6/28/16

Undercover informants to prevent women from using Caspian Sea beaches

- Undercover morality police will be engaged in Gilan-Iran for the "establishment of a more spiritual atmosphere in the province's beaches and preservation of moral values" under a new plan called "Pure Gilan", officials of the northern Iranian province announced. - 6/28/16

Two organisers arrested in Mashhad, Iran for arranging a youth gathering

- Two generation Z Iranians have been arrested in the northeastern city of Mashhad for organising a youth gathering near a shopping centre. The call for a meeting was organised using Telegram, a cloud-based instant messaging service that has become popular in Iran in the past two years. - 6/27/16

Kurdish Political Prisoner Put in Solitary Confinement to Force Him to End Hunger Strike

- Kurdish political prisoner Ayoub Assadi has been placed in solitary confinement to force him to end his hunger strike even though medical staff at Kashmar Prison's clinic in Iran's Razavi Khorasan Province had recommended his immediate hospitalization. - 6/27/16

Iranian Labor Rights Activist in Critical Condition After 50-Day Hunger Strike

- Labor rights activist Jafar Azimzadeh is in critical condition in Evin Prison after enduring a wet hunger strike for more than 50 days, his wife, Akram Rahimpour, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 6/25/16

Protecting the World's Shia: Where's the International Community?

- Only a few short months ago, Saudi Arabia executed the Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Al Nimr, and the Nigerian military killed hundreds of the country's Shia and severely wounded their leader Sheikh Ibrahim Yaqoub Zakzaki. Now, Bahraini authorities have stripped one of the principal leaders of the Bahraini Shia, Sheikh Isa Qasim, of his citizenship. -Shireen T. Hunter - 6/23/16

Imprisoned Iranian Journalist Who Sent Letter to Supreme Leader Saying He Was Tortured is Hospitalized

- A little over a month after he sent a letter to Iran's supreme leader stating that he had been tortured, imprisoned reformist newspaper editor Ehsan Mazandarani was rushed from Evin Prison to a hospital in Tehran after suffering a heart attack following his hunger strike. - 6/23/16

Bahrain's Unending Repression: Enough Already!

- The al-Khalifa ruling regime's decision to strip Sheikh Isa Qasim of his Bahraini citizenship on a trumped-up and patently false charge is yet another example of the ruling family's deepening repression. This respected Shia cleric has always called for non-violent resistance and has abhorred the confrontational tactics that some hotheaded protesters have employed in the past. -Emile Nakhleh - 6/23/16

Iranian Authorities Reverse Decision to Release Detained Dual National Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

- Richard Ratcliffe's hopes were dashed when he found out that his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian dual national who has been detained in Iran without legal representation since April 3, 2016, wasn't going to be released after all. - 6/22/16

Students suspended for dancing at University event in Iran

- Dancing at a university event precipitated the suspension of a group of students at University of Sistan and Baluchistan last week. A video circulated social media and various sites last week showing a number of students dancing on stage at a University of Sistan and Baluchistan event. The clip also showed some people among the audience joining in the dance. - 6/22/16

Commentary: Iran's Foreign Minister Toes the Supreme Leader's Line on Human Rights

- When Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently tried to side-step questions about the country's abysmal human rights record, he yet again exposed his government's inability-or reluctance-to face the issue even though President Hassan Rouhani came to power in 2013 promising to improve it. - 6/22/16
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