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Lawyer to Appeal Iranian Journalist's 10-year Sentence for Satirical Tweet

- A lawyer for an Iranian journalist sentenced in Iran to 10 years in prison for allegedly insulting a historic religious figure says the ruling will be appealed because it was not handled by the appropriate court. In the tweet, which he subsequently deleted, Miresmaili mocked the Friday prayer leader of the Iranian city of Mashhad, Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda, for suggesting that modern-day concerts are an insult to the teachings of Imam Reza. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 8/21/18

Mass Conviction of Sufi Protesters "Unprecedented in Iran's Judicial History"

- Twenty Sufi Muslims, all members of Iran's Gonabadi Order, have been issued heavy prison sentences by the Revolutionary Court in Tehran since July 2018 for allegedly attended protests that included violent clashes with police and security forces in Tehran in February. - 8/21/18

Prolonged Detention of Environmentalists "None of Your Business," Iran's Judiciary Tells Vice President

- The chief of Iran's Department of Environment, Vice President Isa Kalantari, has told state media that the judiciary has warned him to stop enquiring about environmentalists who have been detained for the past six months. - 8/18/18

19 University Students in Iran Issued Long Prison Sentences as One More is Tried in Tehran

- At least 17 students from universities in Tehran and two others from Tabriz have been issued harsh prison sentences ranging from one to 12 years in preliminary rulings by the Revolutionary Court system for attending protests earlier this year. - 8/17/18

Iranian Judicial Official Refuses to Lift Ban on Twitter Despite Growing Use by State Officials

- After several state officials called on President Hassan Rouhani to make Twitter accessible in Iran, a hardline judicial official has said doing so would be a "crime." In May 2018, Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, Education Minister Mohammad Bathaei, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, Justice Minister Alireza Avaie, Science Minister Mansour Gholami, Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Abbas Salehi, as well as two Members of Parliament (MPs), Ramezanali Sobhanifar and Mohammad Kazemi, signed a letter urging Rouhani to lift the state's ban. - 8/17/18

Nasrin Sotoudeh's Lawyer: "They Came After Her From Three Directions"

- Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh once defended political prisoners but she is now trying to avoid becoming one herself as she wades through the complicated case Iran's judiciary has built against her. Sotoudeh was caught off guard when she was suddenly transported from her home to Evin Prison in Tehran on June 13, 2018. Later she was informed that she was detained due to a five-year prison sentence that was issued against her in absentia in 2015 by Revolutionary Court Judge Mohammad Moghiseh. - 8/16/18

As Currency Drops Iran Faces Shortages Of Medications

- Iran's health ministry spokesman has admitted that the country is currently suffering from shortages of foreign-made medications, but, insisted that "it can be overcome". Blaming chaotic fluctuations in Iranian forex market and nosediving national currency, Iraj Harirchi says, "Since forty-fifty types of foreign medications have recently become scarce in Iran, the government has allocated $3.5 billion to purchase drugs." - 8/15/18

Judiciary's Intensifying Crackdown on Defense Attorneys in Iran Must End

- An intensifying state crackdown on human rights defenders in Iran, in which the authorities have denied attorneys the ability to represent their clients and jailed them for attempting to do so, violates Iran's domestic laws and international obligations and must end, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today. - 8/14/18

Trump's Sanctions Will Hurt The Wrong People In Iran

- In August 2013, a group of 466 Iranian dissidents, including dozens of political prisoners, wrote a letter to President Barack Obama chastising him for his Iran policy. The unprecedented sanctions Obama had mustered against Iran, they argued, were not only debilitating the Iranian economy but suffocating Iranian civil society and prospects for peaceful democratic change within the country. - Jamal Abdi and Sina Toossi, NIAC - 8/11/18

How US Sanctions Impede the Women's Movement in Iran

- While the world's attention was on US President Donald Trump's Twitter war with Tehran the other week, some good news in Iran escaped notice. A group of women's rights activists arrested in front of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs on International Women's Day were acquitted, after initially being charged for planning and participating in a protest on the economic situation of women. -Sussan Tahmasebi, Atlantic Council - 8/11/18

Iran's State TV Must End Its Use of Families to Discredit Journalists, Dissenters

- Iranian authorities should immediately stop harassing and threatening the families of activists and journalists as a means to silence dissent and criticism, Human Rights Watch (HRW), the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) and Justice for Iran (JFI) said in a joint statement today. - 8/10/18

IRAN: Local Authorities Say They Will Investigate Shooting Death of Protester in Karaj

- A judicial investigation is underway in Iran to determine how 26-year-old shopkeeper Reza Otadi died from a bullet wound during a protest rally near Tehran on August 3, 2018, according to local officials. Iranian authorities typically blame the deaths of protesters on alleged bad actors among the protesters or suicide while pressuring the victim's family to avoid speaking publicly about the case. - 8/10/18

Iran's Child Protection Bill Includes Kids With Disabilities But Fails to Close Legal Loopholes

- A bill in the final stages of Iran's legislative process addresses the country's legal vacuum regarding the abuse of children with disabilities but includes loopholes that put those children at risk, according to experts. - 8/9/18

Lawyer Calls on Iran's President Rouhani to Work For Human Rights Attorney Abdolfattah Soltani's Release

- One of Iran's most prominent human rights lawyers, Abdolfattah Soltani, was granted furlough from Evin Prison to mourn his daughter's death on August 4, 2018. Soltani's 30-year-old daughter, Homa, had passed away on August 3 from a heart attack. Video clips posted on social media showed the moment Soltani was reunited with his remaining family at a mourning ceremony for his daughter. One clip shows Soltani breaking down into tears as he embraces his wife, Masoumeh Dehghan, who is wailing. - 8/7/18

Prominent Imprisoned Iranian Lawyer Furloughed After Young Daughter Dies

- One of the founders of "Defenders of Human Rights Center" in Iran, Abdolfattah Soltani has been granted furlough to attend her young daughter's funeral, Saturday, August 4. Soltani's 27-year old daughter, Homa, died of heart failure on Friday evening. - 8/6/18

Desperate Families Call on Iranian State Heads to Release Detained Environmentalists

- The families of environmentalists who have been detained in Iran for the past six months-many in solitary confinement and without counsel-have sent a letter to the three heads of state advocating for the detainees' release. "It has been six months since the arrests of our loved ones who are known as some of the best and most respected environmentalists in Iran. These six months have been full of hardship, apprehension and anxiety for them and us. Six months without the liberty to make phone calls or have visitations...." - 8/4/18

Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Facing Prison Time For Criticizing Judiciary

- Iranian attorney Mostafa Tork Hamadani has been charged for criticizing the judiciary for barring him and other defense lawyers from defending environmentalists who were arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Hamadani, who has taken on several human rights cases throughout his career, tweeted a copy of his summons document on July 26, 2018 - 8/3/18

Migrant: Photo Essay by Alain Trouilly

- In my library I have an old Russian Camera. It is an old gift my father gave me when I graduated from high school. Thus, began my lifelong passion for photography. On a shelf nearby is a book written by my father curiously titled: "Migrants in transit". The book chronicles the 1939 exodus of the people of Lorraine (a French province on the German border) fleeing the invading German Army. The story is told through the eyes of an 11-year-old child. His eyes. - 8/2/18

IRAN: Detention Order For Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Extended Under Two National Security Charges

- Iran's judiciary has extended the detention of prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is facing two national security charges for peacefully engaging in her profession. "When her one-month detention order expired, they extended it for another month after a 10-day delay," her husband Reza Khandan told the state-funded Iranian Students News Agency on July 30, 2018. - 8/1/18

Conflicting Reports on Iranian Opposition Leaders' Freedom From House Arrest

- A member of Iran's Parliament has denied reports that the country's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) has ruled to end the seven-year-long house arrests of political opposition leaders Mehdi Karroubi, Mir Hossein Mousavi, and Zahra Rahnavard. - 8/1/18

Support For Compulsory Hijab Waning, Report by Iranian Parliament Says

- The Majles Research Center (MRC) says the number of people who believe in hijab as a religious value, as well as those who believe violating the so-called Islamic dress code is a punishable offense, has been gradually dropping in Iran. - 7/30/18

Man Convicted of National Security Crimes in Iran For Allegedly Promoting His Baha'i Faith

- The Appeals Court in Iran's Kurdistan Province has upheld a one-year prison sentence against Zabihollah Raoufi, who was accused of proselytizing his Baha'i faith. He has also been condemned to a year in exile in the remote desert town of Minab, Hormozgan Province-a term he must serve after his prison sentence according to the verdict issued on July 22, 2018. - 7/30/18

Iran will not wear Adidas at AFC Asian Cup

- Iran national football team players will not wear Adidas after the German sportswear manufacturer has decided to deny Iran with access to its services. Adidas has decided to follow in Nike's footsteps. Nike, who was set to sponsor Team Melli with cleats and footwear throughout the 2018 World Cup, announced that it had withdrawn its support of the team because of global economic sanctions against the country. - 7/30/18

Rapper Detained For More Than a Month Without Lawyer in Iran's Sistan and Baluchistan Province

- Rap artist Shah Baloch, real name Emad Bijarzehi, has been detained in the southeastern Iranian port city of Chabahar without counsel since June 20, 2018, for singing about state oppression against ethnic Baluchis in Sistan and Baluchistan Province. - 7/29/18

Iran Parliament hammering out details of long-awaited bill on rights of children

- Finally after months of debates on the bill on children's right, the Iranian parliament (Majlis ) is considering the bill in detail. Majlis passed a law on children's right in 2002. However, a lack of clarity in the law and ineffective legislative strategies prompted the parliamentarians to start to revise the law in 2006. Six years later in 2012 a new bill on children's right was brought before the parliament, which is currently being discussed to be a law. - 7/27/18

Iranian American and US Permanent Resident Released on Bail From Iran's Evin Prison

- Two years after being sentenced to long prison sentences without due process in Iran, Iranian American Karan Vafadari and his American permanent resident wife Afarin Neyssari were released on bail from Tehran's Evin Prison on July 21, 2018. - 7/25/18

Iran Prevents Public Commemoration At Grave Of Celebrated Poet Ahmad Shamlou

- Iranian security forces have prevented devotees of fans of late poet Ahmad Shamlou, who pushed for greater freedoms and had some of his work banned under successive governments, from marking the 18th anniversary of his death. - 7/25/18

Iran Lifts Ban On Zoroastrian City Council Member

- A top Iranian body has lifted a ban imposed on a member of the minority Zoroastrian religion who had been suspended from his post on a city council in the central city of Yazd, Iranian media reported. Sepanta Niknam was the only non-Muslim elected to the council in the central city of Yazd in May 2017. - 7/24/18

As Water Crisis Continues, Fresh Protests In Southern Iran

- Residents of the southern Iranian city of Borazjan have blocked the main road leading into the city as part of a protest over water shortages, state-run Iran Labor News Agency (ILNA) reports. "On Sunday morning, July 22, several residents of Borazjan held rallies in the city center to protest the shortage of water," the provincial representative to the Supreme Council of Provinces, Ali Akbar Fatemi, told ILNA, adding that "security forces stepped in to disperse the demonstrators." - 7/23/18

Iranian Judiciary Closes Acid Attack Cases With No Convictions But Promises Victims Compensation

- Nearly four years after a series of acid attacks on women in the Iranian city of Isfahan, the judiciary has closed the cases without any convictions while pledging to compensate the victims. "This was a public crime that does not go away with the passage of time and therefore it makes no sense to close the case," Iranian Canadian attorney Hossein Raeesi told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on July 19. - 7/21/18

Activists Note Serious Failings by Iranian Organization Tasked With Supporting People With Disabilities

- As Iran's State Welfare Organization (SWO) marked its 38th birthday, several people with disabilitiesbased in the country told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that the organization must undergo fundamental reform in order to carry out its mission. - 7/21/18

Iranian Girls Burned in 2012 School Fire Protest for Aid in Tehran

- A group of Iranian girls who suffered severe burns in a 2012 school fire have staged a protest in Tehran to draw attention to what they say are broken promises of government aid. An Iranian lawyer representing the 11 girls sent VOA Persian several images showing them and their supporters gathered outside the compound of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday. -Shahram Bahraminejad & Michael Lipin, VOA - 7/20/18

Sons of Iranian Canadian Who Died in Evin Prison Sue State Broadcaster For Slander

- Ramin and Mehran Seyed-Emami have sued Iran's state-run TV, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), for slandering their father Kavous Seyed-Emami, who died under suspicious circumstances in Tehran's Evin Prison in February 2018. - 7/20/18

IRAN: President Rouhani Facing Widespread Outrage as Student Protesters Remain Behind Bars and Receive Harsh Sentences

- In a stark display of societal outrage in Iran over President Hassan Rouhani's complicity in rights violations, 120 academics from universities across Iran, some of whom are also current or former lawmakers and cabinet members, have called on the president to order the immediate suspension of the judicial cases against more than 150 students who are still in detention for their participation in the December 2017 - January 2018 protests. - 7/18/18

Calls For 'Secure' Universities In Iran, Not 'Securitized'

- A recent crackdown on students in Iran has come under criticism by university professors and others who hold President Hassan Rohani responsible for the pressure and are calling on him to take action. More than 100 students were reportedly detained during protests over the economy in late December and early January that evolved into demonstrations against the establishment that included chants targeting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Some of the detainees reportedly never took part in the protests, which spread to some 80 cities. - 7/18/18

Iran's President Rouhani Renews Calls For Women's Access To Stadium

- Responding to a report filed by his cabinet's sports minister, President Hassan Rouhani has suggested that women's access to Tehran's main stadium, Azadi, should continue. Meanwhile, the general manager of Azadi (Freedom) stadium, Nasser Mahmoudifar, who let Iranian women enter the arena after almost four decades of being banned, says he has been fired for doing so. - 7/17/18

Iran Arrests 46 Fashion Workers Including Eight Models in Hormozgan Province

- Forty-six members of what security officials have described as an online "modeling ring," including 8 female models, were arrested at an unspecified date in the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan according to an announcement by local police chief Gen. Azizollah Maleki on July 16, 2018. - 7/17/18

Iran is Imprisoning University Students Accused of Attending Protests

- The number of students being prosecuted for allegedly joining Iran's December 2017/January 2018 protests is much higher than earlier estimates according to a well-known reformist lawmaker. "A list has been put together of the students detained in the December 2017 incidents and they number more than 150," said Member of Parliament Parvaneh Salahshouri in an interview with the state-funded Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) on July 10, 2018. - 7/16/18

Iran's Longest-Held Political Prisoner Gets Low-Key Funeral

- Iran has held a low-key funeral for a former deputy prime minister who became one of the country's most prominent jailed dissidents. Abbas Amir-Entezam was buried Friday at Tehran's biggest cemetery, Behesht-e Zahra, on the southern outskirts of the capital. His widow, family members and several political activists were among a small group of mourners in attendance. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 7/16/18

Iranian Pilot Arrested After Revealing Safety Lapses On A TV Show

- An Iranian pilot who recently made revelations about gross safety violations by Iranian airlines was arrested on Sunday, July 15 in Tehran for a few hours. Amin Amir Sadeghi published a video on his Instagram page showing himself handcuffed by the police saying with a smirk that it was shameful that he had been arrested because he made revelations to save people's lives. - 7/16/18

Detained Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Writes Defiant Letter to Tehran Prosecutor

- Prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has written a stinging letter to the Tehran prosecutor condemning the sentence issued against one of her clients who was arrested for peacefully protesting Iran's compulsory hijab law. "Tell your judges to issue heavier triple-digit sentences and use foul language if they want, but it won't make a difference because women have decided to rule over their own bodies and men are distancing themselves from your actions, which are an insult to their character," Sotoudeh said in an open letter from Evin Prison addressing Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi. - 7/13/18

Self-proclaimed human rights advocates silent on U.S. sanctions: Iran's Health Minister

- Health Minister Hassan Qazizadeh-Hashemi on Tuesday criticized the self-proclaimed human rights advocates for their silence toward U.S. sanctions moves against Iran which can impede access of Iranian patients to necessary drugs. "Undoubtedly, the anti-Iran sanctions would harm the elderly and infants while the so-called advocates of human rights are observing and approving them by their silence," Qazizadeh-Hashemi told reporters, ISNA reported. - 7/12/18

Iranian Teens' Televised "Confessions" For Social Media Postings Prompt Strong Outcry

- An Iranian charity for children has condemned Iran's state-run broadcasting organization for airing the "confessions" of teenage girls and boys who had been arrested by the police and accused of public indecency. The police have meanwhile claimed that the teenagers were not crying while they were being interviewed, while the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (the IRIB) has defended its decision to air the confessions, claiming it had been urged to by Iran's judiciary and by viewers. - 7/12/18

Rights Attorney Summoned to Court in Iran After Signing Letter Criticizing Judiciary's Restriction of Right to Counsel

- Attorney Hossein Ahmadiniaz, the defense counsel in several cases involving human and political rights in Iran, has been summoned by Branch 4 of the Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj, the capital of Kurdistan Province. - 7/11/18

Iran's Forcing of Teenage Girl to Confess on State TV for Posting Dance Video Prompts Strong Outcry

- Forcing a teenage girl to confess on state TV for the "crime" of posting a video of herself dancing on Instagram represents a blatant violation of freedom of expression and demonstrates the extent to which the authorities are brutally imposing their cultural dictates on the people of Iran. The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) condemns the Iranian authorities' arrest and inhumane treatment of 18-year-old Maedeh Hojabri. - 7/10/18

Facing 20-Year Prison Sentence for Taking Headscarf Off in Public, Woman Flees Iran

- Shaparak Shajarizadeh, one of the women who took her headscarf off in public during the ongoing protests against forced hijab that have roiled Iran over the last six months, has been sentenced to two years in prison and an 18-year suspended sentence. Shajarizadeh relayed the sentence, issued for "not observing Islamic hijab" and "encouraging corruption" by Branch 1089 of Tehran's Criminal Court under Judge Abolghasem Salavati, on her Instagram page on July 8. - 7/10/18

Second Day Of Protests In Borazjan, Southern Iran For Lack Of Water

- People in the southern Iranian city of Borazjan held protests Sunday evening for a second day in row over lack of drinking water. The official government news agency IRNA reported that 350 protesters gathered in the city center, but this number seems too low compared with thousands of protesters who had come out the previous day. - 7/9/18

New Protests In Southern Iran Over Water Shortages

- Thousands of residents of Borazjan, the center of Dashtestan County in Bushehr province, southern Iran, poured into the streets on Saturday, July 7, to protest "shortage" and "chaotic" distribution of water. Chanting slogans against local authorities, the protesters assembled in the city's main square. -Radio Farda - 7/8/18

IRAN: 63 University Groups Slam President Rouhani and Reformists For Crackdown on Students

- Sixty-three student organizations from universities across Iran have issued a statement sharply criticizing President Hassan Rouhani for a crackdown led by his Intelligence Ministry on students who were arrested during nationwide protests in December 2017 and January 2018. - 7/5/18

Iranians Say Water Still Dirty in South Despite Quick-Fix Pledge

- Residents of southwestern Iran say their water supplies have been dangerously polluted for days despite pledges by Iranian authorities to quickly resolve the problem. Residents of the Khuzestan provincial cities of Khorramshahr, Abadan and Ahvaz contacted by VOA Persian on Wednesday said they continued to experience shortages of clean running water. -Ali Javanmardi & Michael Lipin, VOA - 7/5/18

Four Iranian Female Sufis Sentenced to Five Years Imprisonment Each Under National Security Charge

- Four followers of Iran's persecuted Sufi Gonabadi Order have been sentenced to five years in prison each after being arrested at a protest in Tehran in February 2018. Dr. Nazila Nouri, Avisha Jalaleddin, Shima Entesari and Sima Entesari were found guilty of "assembly and collusion against national security" by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran in early July 2018. The news was reported via a tweet by Sufi former lawyer Mostafa Daneshjou‏ on July 3. - 7/5/18

Shots Fired at Protest as Officials Unable to Ease Water Shortage Crisis in Iran's Khuzestan Province

- Shots were reportedly fired during protests over water shortages in the southwestern city of Khorramshahr in Iran's Khuzestan Province but the Interior Ministry has denied any fatalities. Khuzestan, home to mostly ethnic Arabs, is Iran's main oil producer and contains the country's largest oil refinery but remains economically disadvantaged compared to northern provinces. - 7/3/18

Protesters, Police Clash For Second Night In Southwestern Iran Over Drinking Water

- Demonstrators protesting over water scarcity in southwestern Iran have clashed with police for a second night, local media report. The state-run IRNA news agency said the protesters threw projectiles at police and set trash cans and a car on fire in a protest that began late on July 1 in the city of Abadan, some 660 kilometers from Tehran. It did not say how many people were involved in the protest, but said the situation was now "under control." - 7/2/18

IRAN: Prosecutor Says 'A Large Number' Of Protesters Arrested, Threatens Others

- A large number of people who took part in protests in Tehran have been put behind bars, the city's Prosecutor General has told local media. Meanwhile, a "well informed source" told Radio Farda that merchants of the bazaar in city of Arak, central Iran, closed down the market on Thursday, June 28. Radio Farda has not received any information whether protests still continue in other cities. -Radio Farda - 6/29/18

Injuries Reported After Iran's Detained Environmentalists Subjected to Renewed Interrogations

- Environmentalists detained without charge for the past five months in Tehran's Evin Prison are once again being subjected to interrogations in the prison's Ward 2-A under the control of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). - 6/29/18

Iran: Progress on Ban for Women at Stadiums

- Iranian authorities and the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) should ensure that women and girls can freely attend all future men's sports matches in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 20 and 25, 2018, the authorities opened Azadi stadium's doors to women and men to watch a live screening of the last two games of Iran's national football team at the 2018 World Cup. - 6/29/18

Iranian Journalist and Political Activist Detained For Criticizing Iran's Judiciary

- Well-known journalist and political activist Hengameh Shahidi was arrested upon leaving a hospital in Iran's Kish Island after strongly criticizing state policies on social media and in interviews with foreign media. - 6/29/18

Widow Hospitalized After IRGC Storms Home of Iranian Canadian Who Died in Iranian State Custody

- The widow of an Iranian Canadian environmentalist who recently died in state custody in Iran has been hospitalized in Tehran after being interrogated for hours by agents who raided her home on June 25, 2018.Unidentified security agents stormed the home of Kavous Seyed-Emami and his grieving widow Maryam Mombeini, who was denied access to a lawyer while she was being interrogated. According to one of her lawyers, Payam Derafshan, Mombeini became so distraught that she was heard screaming before passing out and being transferred to a hospital. - 6/28/18

Iran's Judiciary Chief Threatens Protesting Merchants With Execution as Protests Continue

- The Chief Justice of Iran Sadegh Larijani has threatened the merchants who have been protesting in Tehran against rising inflation since June 25, 2018, with execution if they don't back down. "I'm warning you. Listen well. Take the cotton out of your ears and open your eyes. These actions against the country's economic order are punishable by execution-if found to be on the level of 'corruption on earth"-or up to 20 years in prison and the confiscation of all possessions," he said in a speech to judicial officials in Tehran on June 26. - 6/27/18

Iran: People With Disabilities Face Discrimination and Abuse

- People with disabilities in Iran face discrimination, abuse, and an inaccessible environment, Human Rights Watch and the Center for Human Rights in Iran said in a joint report released today. The 72-page report, "'I Am Equally Human': Discrimination and Lack of Accessibility for People with Disabilities in Iran," documents the everyday barriers people with disabilities meet when going to government offices, healthcare centers, and when using public transportation. - 6/27/18

Environmental Crisis Forces Residents In Abadan, Iran To Migrate

- High concentration of salt in the water has shut down the industrial and agricultural sectors around the southwestern Iranian city of Abadan and forced some of the residents to emigrate to other cities, an Iranian official says. -Radio Farda - 6/26/18

Hardline Iranian Prosecutor Lashes Out As Women Demand Presence In Stadiums

- Iran's hardline Prosecutor-General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri denounced the presence of women in Tehran's main football stadium Azadi saying he was "ashamed" of telling what has taken place there. On June 20, Iranian women were allowed, for the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, to watch a televised match of their national team against Spain at the 2018 World Cup. - 6/25/18

Open Letter: Distinguished Iranian Women Call on FIFA to Demand Iran End Its Ban on Women in Stadiums

- In an open letter, prominent women of Iranian origin including Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi, Oscar-nominated actress Shohreh Aghdashloo and legendary singer Googoosh have urged the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to demand that Iran end its discriminatory ban on women in stadiums. - 6/24/18

Jailed Iranian Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Rejects Bail Offer

- A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer who was arrested on June 13 has refused to post bail, Iranian news agencies have reported. Sotoudeh had defended women who were prosecuted for protesting against having to wear the Islamic head scarf. - 6/24/18

Salinity Of City Water Leads To Protests In Abadan

- Hundreds of residents in Abadan, a oil refining city in southwest Iran, have once again held a protest on Saturday, June 23, in front of the Governor's office to protest lack of drinkable and usable water. Protesters carried banners that read, "Potable water is our absolute right", sarcastically reminding the now obsolete slogan, "Nuclear energy is our absolute right", coined during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presidency. - 6/24/18

Iranian Women Can Still Celebrate Despite Team's World Cup Loss

- Iran's soccer team suffered a defeat on June 20, but women in the country still had reason to celebrate after they were allowed to attend a sporting event at a stadium for the first time in nearly 40 years. The World Cup match, which resulted in a 1-0 loss to Spain, took place in the Russian city of Kazan, but Iranian women were able to attend a public viewing of the game in Tehran's Azadi Stadium. - 6/22/18

Child Refugees With Disabilities in Iran Struggle to Access Education and Healthcare

- In interviews conducted by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) ahead of this year's World Refugee Day, June 20, 2018, several Afghan refugees in Iran described difficulties accessing basic services including health care and child education. Refugees with disabilities, particularly children, are often excluded or denied the ability to obtain the limited state services currently provided by Iran. - 6/22/18

Iranian Lawyer Arrested For Asserting Executed Sufi Man's Innocence

- Iranian authorities have arrested a lawyer for spreading "lies" after claiming that a Sufi man executed this week was wrongfully convicted of killing three police officers, local media report. The semiofficial Fars news agency said on June 20 that an arrest warrant was issued against Zeinab Taheri for making "false statements" and because of "her lies propagated online claiming [Mohammad Salas] was not guilty." - 6/21/18

Iran Confirms 1 Victim in Alleged Gang Rapes in Southeast

- An Iranian official said authorities investigating accusations of recent mass abductions and rapes of women in southeastern Iran have confirmed that at least one complainant was raped. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 6/21/18

Tehran University Students Skip Tests In Protest Of Arrests

- Dozens of students at Tehran University have abstained from attending semester tests, protesting the detention of their peers during the widespread anti-establishment uprising late last December and in early January. Scores of students were arrested in the unprecedented protests that broke out in the Shi'ite holy city of Mashhad and soon spread to more than 100 other cities across Iran. -Radio Farda - 6/20/18

Iran Defends Its Record on Supporting Persons With Disabilities But Serious Discrimination Persists

- At the 11th annual session of the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities held at the United Nations headquarters in New York (June 11-14, 2018), the head of the Welfare Organization of Iran (WOI), Anoushirvan Mohseni-Bandpey, gave a speech on Iran's actions and achievements in defending the rights of persons with disabilities. - 6/20/18

Iranian Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Charged With National Security Crimes For Representing Hijab Protesters

- Detained Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is facing two national security charges for representing women facing prison time in Iran for peacefully protesting against the Islamic Republic's compulsory hijab law. "During the interrogation, she was told that the charges against her are 'propaganda against the state' and 'assembly and collusion' because she colluded with Ms. Shaparak [Shajarizadeh] in the courthouse in Kashan," Sotoudeh's husband, Reza Khandan, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 6/19/18

Iran to sue U.S. over FBI's mistreatment of Iranian volleyball players

- President of Iran Volleyball Federation said that they will sue US over FBI's mistreating Iranian volleyball players. Last week, Iran went to USA's Chicago to hold three matches in FIVB Volleyball Nation's League (VNL). Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigated Iranian players upon their arrival to US and kept the team in a small room for three hours before allowing them to pass. Also, US had refused to issue visas for some of team members, including team supervisor Amir Sarkhosh. - 6/19/18

Rape Cases Stir Controversy In Iran's Sunni-Populated Baluchestan

- Iran's Prosecutor-General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri has threatened June 18 to prosecute a local Sunni Imam in the city of Iranshahr in the southeastern province of Sistan va Baluchestan for disclosing that 41 girls have been raped in that city. - 6/19/18

41 girls, young women reportedly kidnapped and raped in Iranshahr: One suspect arrested

- Security forces have arrested one of the men suspected of kidnapping dozens of girls and young women in the city of Iranshahr, southeast Iran, the local prosecutor has announced. Iranshahr, a city of 150,000 located in the mainly Baluchi Sunni province of Sistan and Baluchestan, has experienced a spate of kidnappings in recent weeks. Residents learned about the abductions from the city's Friday prayer leader, Sunni cleric Molawi Tayyib MullaZahei, who spoke about the unprecedented series of kidnappings in his June 15 sermon. - 6/18/18

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