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Family of Late Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani Banned From Traveling Abroad

- Four family members of the late Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani have been banned from traveling abroad by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), while one member is facing a "fabricated case" against her, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 10/16/17

Tehran Prosecutor: Streaming TinyMoviez Website Shut Down For "Indecent" Content

- The popular Iranian streaming movies website, TinyMoviez, which featured pirated material, was shut down for distributing "indecent" foreign films, announced Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi on October 10, 2017. The prosecutor was responding to media reports that the TinyMoviez website was shut down by a judicial order in response to complaints from the owners of a rival website seeking to take down its competition. - 10/16/17

Rights Organizations Urge US to Aid Access to Information in Iran by Expanding General License D-1

- In a joint statement, nine rights organizations including the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) have urged the US government to expand General License D-1, which allows the sale and distribution of personal communications tools such as mobile phones, personal computing tools, and other related software and hardware to Iran without violating US sanctions. - 10/13/17

Lawsuit Argues Trump's Latest Travel Ban Continues to Target Iranian Americans, Exacerbates Harm of Previous Travel Ban Orders

- A new court filing in federal court in Washington D.C. challenging President Trump's latest iteration of the travel ban seeks to protect Iranian Americans in the United States and abroad. The lawsuit, filed by three prominent Iranian-American organizations as well as 13 individual plaintiffs, outlines the ways the policy is hurting families, professional and business opportunities, as well as the expansive Iranian-American community. - 10/12/17

Iranian Leftist Poet Missing in Tabriz Two Days After Intelligence Ministry Raided His Home

- Children's rights advocate and leftist poet Omid Aghdami has been missing since October 5, 2017, two days after he tweeted that Intelligence Ministry agents had searched his home in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan Province, and confiscated his personal belongings, including a laptop and notebooks. - 10/12/17

Iranian Officials Increase Pressure on Telegram App to Comply With Censorship Policies

- Iranian Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi has vowed to block "anti-revolutionary channels" on the Telegram messaging application after the popular Amad News channel reported that a state official's daughter was arrested for spying. "We are seriously seeking to derail channels that oppose the state," said Jahromi, a former intelligence official, on October 8, 2017. - 10/11/17

Imprisoned Iranian-British Citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Threatened With 16 More Years Behind Bars

- Iranian-British dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, imprisoned in Iran since April 2016 on trumped up and unspecified national security charges, is now facing up to 16 more years in prison based on new charges brought by the arresting authority, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), according to her family. "Threatening Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with more years behind bars after she was imprisoned without full due process is unjust and inhumane," said Hadi Ghaemi, the executive director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 10/10/17

Iranian Court Suspends Yazd's Zoroastrian City Councilor

- A Zoroastrian city councilor in Iran has been suspended from his position, highlighting an emerging battle over the rights of the country's religious minorities to run for office. Sepanta Niknam, a member of the city council in the central city of Yazd, was suspended temporarily by a branch of Iran's Administrative Court of Justice, council chief Gholamali Sefid said on October 9. Niknam was the only non-Muslim elected to the council in May. - 10/10/17

Iranian Baha'i Singer Facing Prison Time After European Concert Tour

- After being repeatedly interrogated while spending a month in solitary confinement, Iranian singer Behnam Rohani-Fard was released on 100 million tomans bail (approximately $30,156 USD) from Tehran's Evin Prison on October 3, 2017. - 10/10/17

"Working Children" of Tehran celebrate National Children Day

- The State Welfare Organization held a ceremony in Tehran on Saturday for 500 working children to celebrate the National Children Day. Iran annually observes the National Children's Day on October 8 and the National Children's Week on October 7 to 13. - 10/9/17

Innocent Bystanders Killed in Anti-Smuggling Operations in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan Province

- More than 100 people, including innocent bystanders, are killed every year in anti-smuggling operations in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan Province, according to human rights campaigner Habibollah Sarbazi. "There are no jobs in the area and even educated people have to resort to smuggling fuel to make a living," Sarbazi, the director of the Baloch Activists Campaign, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on October 4, 2017. - 10/9/17

Iran's Ex-Reformist President Banned From Public Appearances Week After Six MPs Sentenced to Prison

- Iran's former reformist President Mohammad Khatami has been banned from making public appearances and receiving political guests for three months. The ban, first reported on October 5, 2017, was issued by the Special Court for the Clergy one week after six prominent reformist politicians, including Khatami's younger brother, were sentenced to a year in prison for the charge of "propaganda against the state." They were also banned from political and media activities for two years. - 10/9/17

Iranian Judiciary Confirms Nuclear Negotiator Imprisoned On Spying Charges

- Iran's judiciary has confirmed that a dual-national member of the Iranian team that negotiated a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers has been sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of espionage. A spokesman for the judiciary said on October 8 that Abdolrasoul Dorri Esfahani was "among some who were accused of spying and providing information for foreigners and had links with two espionage services." - 10/9/17

Iranian Authorities Arrest Brother of Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri

- An Iranian news website has reported the arrest of the brother of the country's vice president over various finance-related matters. The Tabnak website, affiliated with Iran's hard-line Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), reported on October 6 that Eshaq Jahangiri's brother, Mehdi Jahangiri, was taken into custody. - 10/7/17

Iranian Rights Activist Barred from University Under Ahmadinejad Faces Same Roadblocks Under Rouhani

- Iran's Intelligence Ministry has blocked formerly imprisoned civil rights activist Mahdieh Golroo from attending Alzahra University in Tehran despite being accepted as a graduate student. "I saw the letter from [President Hassan] Rouhani's Intelligence Ministry at the University Evaluation Organization (UEO)," said Golroo in an interview with the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on October 3, 2017. - 10/6/17

Iran's President Rouhani Pushes Back against Security Media

- As in other authoritarian states, the Iranian media landscape is greatly shaped by outlets with close links to the security and intelligence establishment. Media outlets with links to security organizations are usually launched with a defined approach and clear goal in mind. They work not only to advance the agendas of their patrons but also to weaken critics of such organizations. While receiving financial, security, and judicial support, these media outlets publish biased and targeted content. A further characteristic of this "security media" is that they employ military and security personnel as their managers, with little regard for journalistic standards. -Saeed Aganji - 10/5/17

Iranian Singer Offered Bribes in Exchange for Cooperating with Rouhani Government

- Aramnejad, 34, was briefly detained on February 15, 2010 for his song "Ali Barkhiz" (Ali Rise Up!) in support of the pro-reform Green Movement that arose out of the protests against Iran's disputed 2009 presidential election. He was arrested again on November 8, 2011, for continuing to sing political songs, notably Deltangi (Homesick) in support of Mir Hossein Mousavi, who ran for president in 2009 and has been under extrajudicial house arrest since 2011 for leading the 2009 protests. - 10/5/17

Iran expresses sympathy to Americans over heinous Las Vegas shooting

- The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman has extended his sympathies to the Americans over the "heinous crime" in Las Vegas, Nevada, the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. Bahram Qassemi on Tuesday offered sympathy to the American people, particularly the bereaved families of those killed in the recent deadly shooting in Las Vegas. - 10/4/17

Death Of Young 'Porter' Highlights Plight Of Iran's 'Human Mules'

- Working in the smuggling trade in Iran is a risky business -- one that has cost the lives of hundreds of anonymous "human mules" who carry heavy loads of contraband on their backs across the western border with Iraq and Turkey. The death of 17-year-old Vahid Dolatkhah provides an exception to the norm -- a face, a name, and an identity of one of those who died plying the perilous trade. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 10/4/17

Appeals Court in Gorgan, Iran Issues Prison Sentences, Fines for Facebook Posts

- Two residents of the Iranian city of Gorgan have been sentenced to prison and another fined for the content of their personal social media postings. The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned that Roozbeh Gilasian was sentenced to a year in prison and Nima Saffar to 80 days in prison while Elaheh Soroushnia was fined eight million tomans ($2,412 USD) by the Appeals Court in Gorgan Province in September 2017. - 10/4/17

NIAC and Partners File First Lawsuit Against Muslim Ban 3.0

- Washington, DC - Today, Muslim Advocates, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Covington & Burling LLP, in collaboration with the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC) and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, announced two lawsuits against the Trump administration's latest efforts to unlawfully block the entry of Muslims into the United States and carry out President Trump's long-promised Muslim ban. - 10/3/17

Iranian Reformist Leaders Sentenced To Prison, Political Ban

- A court in Iran has sentenced seven reformist politicians, including a brother of former pro-reform President Mohammad Khatami, to one-year prison terms and barred them from political and media activity for two years, a lawyer says. The seven were leaders of the major reformist party, the Islamic Iran Participation Front, that was banned in 2010 in a state crackdown that followed mass street protests against the disputed election that handed hard-line incumbent Mahmud Ahmadinejad a second term. - 10/3/17

Admins of Iranian Pirated Movies Website Arrested After Complaints from "Licensed" Rivals

- Six administrators of a popular site selling pirated foreign films with Farsi-language subtitles and voiceovers online have been arrested following complaints from their rivals, which were licensed to sell pirated movies by the government. The chief admin of the TinyMovies website is among the detainees, a source with knowledge about the case told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on condition of anonymity. - 10/3/17

The Muddled Trump's Travel Ban

- The Trump administration's travel ban is in its third version, and it still does not respond convincingly to the ostensible need it was supposed to address. The supposed purpose itself is unclear. The latest version introduces additional confusion about the purported objective, even without getting into the real motivations behind it. -Paul Pillar - 10/1/17

Spike in Labor Protests in Iran is Changing the Political Milieu

- In the past weeks labor protests and strikes have increased across Iran with workers speaking out against layoffs and nonpayment of wages. Iran's ailing economy has not recovered from the nuclear sanctions and even after the signing of the 2015 nuclear deal, workers' living conditions have not improved. - 10/1/17

Landmine Victims Denied Compensation as Border Regions Remain Plagued by Remnants of Iran-Iraq War

- An attorney representing people maimed by mines in Iran's border regions says the victims are not only entitled to damages under the country's Islamic Penal Code, but could also qualify for funds set aside by the Interior Ministry's Article 2 Commission for wounded veterans. - 10/1/17

Former Sunni MP: Rouhani Government Failing to Uphold Minority Rights Despite Supreme Leader's Call

- The situation of Iran's Sunni Muslims has not improved since Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei pointed out in a sermon that minorities are constitutionally protected from discrimination, a former Sunni member of Parliament told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 10/1/17

Q&A: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's Husband Speaks Out About Dual National's Imprisonment in Iran

- Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe never imagined she would be arrested and ultimately sentenced to five years in prison when she entered Tehran's international airport on her way back home to the UK after visiting her parents. But nightmare became reality on April 3, 2016 when the Revolutionary Guards' Intelligence Organization detained the London-based Iranian-British citizen, her baby in her arms. - 9/29/17

Banning Grandmas Only Hurts American Families

- A smiling, young woman in a gown is leaning over so her tiny grandmother can give her a kiss. A grandmother is preparing torshee, pickles, in a jar as she looks on. After taking a cigarette drag, a grandmother laughs without a care in the world. These are the many faces of the grandmas impacted by President Donald Trump's Muslim Ban 3.0, that was issued in an proclamation on September 24. -Holly Dagres, Huffington Post - 9/29/17

Petition to U.S. Congress: Rescind the Muslim Ban Immediately #NoMuslimBanEver

- Now more than ever, we must stand unified in the face of Donald Trump's attempts to ban us and divide us. That's why NIAC Action has teamed up with 12 major civil rights organizations opposing Trump's Muslim ban to demand that Congress take action to stop the ban. - 9/28/17

Female Head Of Iran's Polo Federation Fired Over Private Photos

- Iran's sports federation has fired Golnar Vakil Gilani, the head of the Polo Federation, over leaked private photos. Gilani told Iranian news agencies that she had not received any letter in this regard but the sports authorities had appointed another woman as temporary president for the federation. - 9/28/17

What Trump's tough talk on Iran means for human rights

- Iranian-American actress and activist Nazanin Boniadi weighs in on how the Iran nuclear deal has affected humanitarian work, minority representation in Hollywood and more. -Politico - 9/28/17

Iranian Teachers' Rights Activist Facing 14 Years Behind Bars for Peaceful Advocacy

- Imprisoned teacher's rights activist Mahmoud Beheshti-Langroudi is facing 14 years behind bars in Iran after the confirmation of his latest prison sentence, his son told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). On September 25, 2017, Beheshti-Langroudi's lawyer received notice that Branch 36 of the Appeals Court upheld a five-year prison sentence issued against the activist for the charges of "assembly and collusion against national security" and "propaganda against the state." - 9/28/17

Trump's New Travel Ban: Collective Punishment of the Iranian People

- The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) strongly condemns the new travel ban announced by the Trump administration on September 24, 2017 targeting citizens of Iran and seven other countries. The new travel ban's indiscriminate and arbitrary impact on Iranian citizens is unjustified and a gift to Iranian hardliners who want to isolate their population and prevent engagement with the outside world, CHRI said today. - 9/27/17

Freed Iranian Baha'i Leader Mahvash Sabet Describes Unjust Trial, Prison Conditions

- Mahvash Sabet, a leader of Iran's persecuted Baha'i faith who was released from Evin Prison on September 18, 2017 after completing a 10-year sentence, said she was convicted of espionage charges despite non-existent evidence. "We love our country," she said. "We never betrayed our country and never will. No one has shown us any evidence based on the charges against us. It is very important for me to address the people inside and outside the country about the espionage allegations." - 9/27/17

Iran Charges Telegram Management Over Extremism, Pornography Allegations: Reports

- Iranian news agencies say Tehran's prosecutor has filed criminal charges against the "management" of Telegram, the popular encrypted messaging app founded by Russian social-networking mogul Pavel Durov. Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said that the charges stemmed from Telegram's alleged role as a platform for child pornography and extremist content, including by Islamic State militants. - 9/27/17

Rights Groups Decry New Travel Restrictions: 'This Is Still A Muslim Ban'

- President Donald Trump's third attempt to restrict travel to the United States from a handful of countries is just as xenophobic as the previous ones, refugee advocates and human rights groups lamented. "This is still a Muslim ban - they simply added three additional countries," Becca Heller, director of the International Refugee Assistance Project, said in a statement of the new restrictions, which were issued on Sunday. -Huffington Post - 9/26/17

Iranian Baha'i Students Offered University Enrollment in Exchange For Renouncing Their Faith

- Two members of the persecuted Baha'i faith in Iran have been offered university enrollment in exchange for renouncing their religion, according to information received by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). According to the Baha'i-focused Payam News, in recent weeks at least 100 Bahai's were rejected by Iranian universities despite passing entrance exams in 2017. - 9/26/17

Iranian Miners' Call for Justice Echoes in Social Media

- In December of 2015 miners of Agh Dareh gold mines staged a number of protests which earned many miners imprisonment, flogging and hefty fines. Some of the miners described their treatment in a 59 second video where one of the Agh Dareh residents stresses that miners were imprisoned, flogged and fined simply because they wanted to work and earn a living. - 9/26/17

Iranian-Americans Condemn Trump's Travel Ban

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

Documentary: Iranians Non-Grata

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

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

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

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

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

Trump Weighs Replacing Temporary Travel Ban With New Restrictions

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

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

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

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

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

Iran Summons Award-Winning Filmmaker To Court

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

Iran: Kurdish Activists Detained for Protesting Killing of Border Couriers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Following Apple's footsteps, Google Play drops Iranian apps

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

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

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

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

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

Yemen: Hiding Behind Coalition's Unlawful Attacks

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

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

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

Iranian Family Launches Protest Over Concerts Canceled By Hard-Liners

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

Rouhani Government Remains on Sidelines Amid House Arrest Controversy

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

Iranian Sunni leader voices concerns to Khamenei

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

Iranian Actresses Barred From Traveling to Toronto Film Fest

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

Iranian Women Angered As Syrian Female Fans Allowed Into Soccer Match

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

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

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

Iranian Workers, Pensioners Protest Months of Delayed Wages

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

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

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

Iran Columnist Serving 10 Years Protests Her Illegal Prison Sentence Extension

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

Global Outcry Grows Over Violence Against Burma's Rohingya Muslims

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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