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The Destructive U.S.-Backed Campaign in Yemen

- The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) reports that during a six-month period from late March until last week (even before the incident involving the wedding) at least 2,355 civilians had been killed in the fighting in Yemen, with almost two-thirds of the deaths caused by airstrikes conducted by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies. -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog - 10/3/15

Why are Iranian husbands standing up for their wives?

- Husbands in Iran are taking pictures of themselves declaring their commitment to female equality - and thousands are sharing their messages on Facebook. -BBC - 10/2/15

Iranian government reacts to restrictions on women travelling abroad

- After the National Women's Futsal team captain, Nilufar Ardalan, was denied leaving the country to participate in the Asian Championships 2015 because her husband refused to give her permission to leave the country, negative reactions to the legal requirement of a husband's permission for Iranian women seeking to travel abroad continues to make headlines. - 10/1/15

Iranian Judiciary Silent on Status of Tech Expert almost Two Months after His Arrest

- Nearly two months after the arrest of information technology expert Arash Zad, who was detained at Imam Khomeini Airport by the authorities as he was leaving Iran on August 1, 2015, officials have released no information as to why he was arrested or the charges that he is being held under. - 9/30/15

Iranian mothers still denied getting citizenship for children

- Iranian Parliament has voted against giving citizenship to the children of Iranian mothers and fathers who are foreign nationals. A spokesman for the Social Commission of Parliament said it is estimated there are one million children born from marriages between Iranian women and foreign nationals and the children's "status remains undefined". - 9/28/15

Iran: Release Teachers as School Year Begins

- The Iranian authorities should immediately release seven teachers apparently detained for peaceful union activities. By stepping up the arrests and sentencing of outspoken teachers in the weeks prior to the start of the school year on September 23, 2015, the authorities appear to be sending a message to other educators not to speak out about their concerns. -Human Rights Watch - 9/26/15

Iran Urges Saudi Arabia To Find Over 300 Missing Iranians In Hajj Stampede

- Iran has urged Saudi Arabia to find 344 of its citizens who are still unaccounted for in the aftermath of the deadly stampede at the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia that killed 717 people on September 24. Some 136 Iranians were killed and 102 injured, according to Said Ohadi, head of Iran's hajj organization. - 9/26/15

Iranian Americans to Hold Press Conference and Vigil in Honor of Shayan Mazroei

- The family of slain Iranian-American college student Shayan Mazroei will hold a press conference on Monday, September 28, 12 p.m., at 2955 Main Street in Irvine. Members of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) and the local Iranian-American community, will also join together that evening to honor Mazroei during a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. outside the Orange County District Attorney's Office - 9/26/15

Mother of Imprisoned Iranian Physicist Writes Letter to Khamenei Pleading for His Freedom

- The mother of Omid Kokabee, a physicist imprisoned in Iran since January 2011, has written a letter to the Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, calling for her son's freedom on the occasion of the start of the new academic year. Omid Kokabee, 32, was a doctoral physics student at the University of Texas, who was arrested at Imam Khomeini Airport on January 30, 2011, as he was about to leave Iran to return to the U.S after visiting his family. - 9/25/15

Imprisoned Iranian Teacher Sentenced to Three More Years in Prison after Completing Six

- Teachers' rights activist Rassoul Badaghi, who was near the end of serving a six-year prison sentence for his peaceful labor activism, has been condemned to an additional three years in prison. - 9/25/15

Jafar Panahi, Iranian Filmmaker, Persists Despite a Ban

- There's a memorable scene in "Taxi," the latest film by the Iranian dissident director Jafar Panahi, in which his vivacious, now 11-year-old niece recites the rules for making a movie in Iran. They include: Respect Islamic headscarves, avoid contact between men and women, avoid violence, avoid discussing political or economic issues, avoid "sordid realism." -Rachel Donadio, NY Times - 9/25/15

Supreme Leader Revives Feared Intelligence Unit Of Iran's IRGC

- When reports emerged earlier this month that prominent Iranian Internet entrepreneur Arash Zad had been arrested in August at Tehran's Imam Khomeini airport, it was unknown who apprehended him, or why. But suspicion has since fallen on the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' (IRGC) intelligence arm, whose increased activities could indicate that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has rejuvenated the much-feared unit so he can gain greater control over the country. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 9/24/15

Message to Rouhani: Rights Crisis in Iran Must Finally Be Addressed

- When Iranian president Hassan Rouhani addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 28, 2015, his third trip to the organization's New York headquarters since his election in June 2013, he will stand on a record of great success in the nuclear negotiations-and abject failure in delivering on his pledges to defend basic civil rights and liberties in Iran. - 9/23/15

Iranian political prisoner's sentence extended by new charges

- Saeed Razavi Faqih, an Iranian political prisoner currently in Rejaishahr prison, has been sentenced to another three and a half years in jail. The Kaleme website reported on Sunday September 21 that the Revolutionary Court has sentenced Razavi Faqih to two years for "insulting the leader", one year for "propaganda against the regime" and another six moths for "insulting the Assembly of Experts". - 9/22/15

Imprisoned Iranian Artist Goes on Hunger Strike to Protest Prison Staff Verbal Abuse

- Atena Farghadani, the recipient of the 2015 Courage in Cartooning Award by the Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI), was sentenced on June 1, 2015, to 12 years and nine months in prison after drawing a cartoon that showed members of the Iranian Parliament as animals and posting it on her Facebook page. - 9/21/15

Iranian Who Barred Soccer-Star Wife From Travel Says It's Private

- An Iranian man who barred his soccer-star spouse from playing in a tournament abroad has defended his actions and criticized foreign media for covering the case. Mehdi Toutounchi, a prominent sports journalist and television presenter, said he had to "take control" of the situation. - 9/19/15

Jailed Iranian activist writes to judicial chief about plight as a mother

- Jailed human rights activist Nargess Mohammadi has written to the head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, to protest that she can't speak to her children on the telephone. Nargess Mohammadi reports that she also has been completely forbidden from talking to her husband, whom prison authorities have referred to only in insulting terms. - 9/19/15

Iranian activist arrested following funeral of jailed labour champion

- Ali Nejati, a prominent labour activist and an executive member of the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Syndicate, was arrested by Islamic Republic authorities following the funeral of jailed labour activist Shahrokh Zamani, who was laid to rest in Tabriz after he suffered a stroke that caused his death in Rejaishahr Prison. - 9/19/15

Iran's Khamenei Consolidates Power over Internet Policy in Hard Line Council He Controls

- Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has announced that authority for Internet policy will be exclusively centered in the country's Supreme Cyberspace Council, a move that will consolidate decision-making power over the Internet into an organization the hardline cleric controls. - 9/16/15

Iranian labour groups accuse authorities during jailed activist's funeral

- A funeral was held in Tabriz on Tuesday September 15 for Shahrokh Zamani, the labour activist who died in prison. The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that security forces were present at the funeral; however, the ceremony concluded without any disruptions. - 9/16/15

Iran's Education Minister hopes freedom looms for jailed teacher protesters

- Iran's Education Minister has expressed hope that teachers who were arrested and jailed for labour protests will soon be released. The minister reported on Tuesday September 15 that he has met with the families of the jailed teachers and assured them he is trying to secure their release. - 9/16/15

Iranian Female Soccer Star Faces Husband-Imposed Travel Ban

- It's a man's world for Niloufar Ardalan, one of Iran's best female soccer players and known as Lady Goal for her on-field exploits in international women's Islamic tournaments. Ardalan says she will not be able to compete in an upcoming tournament in Malaysia because her husband has refused to grant her permission to travel abroad as required by Islamic laws enforced in Iran. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 9/15/15

Local campaign for disabled Iranians spreads through social media

- The Blue Lids campaign, which was launched only two weeks ago in Sanandaj to collect plastic bottle lids as a fundraiser to provide wheelchairs to the disabled, has picked up momentum, with other cities joining the campaign even in other provinces. - 9/15/15

Refugees and Responsibilities

- The picture last week of the little Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi dead on the beach in Turkey is one of those iconic pictures whose intense human face forces deeper reflection, especially upon publics for whom distant tragedies tend to be statistics rather than specific human stories. -Graham E. Fuller - 9/14/15

Iranian labour activist found dead in prison

- Jailed Iranian labour activist Shahrokh Zamani was found dead in Rejaishahr Prison by other inmates. HRANA and Kaleme websites report that his death was "sudden" and preliminary reports indicate that it was caused by a stroke. - 9/14/15

'Refugee Air' Aims To Get Sky Route For Refugees Off The Ground

- Agroup of Iranian emigres and friends has announced an ambitious project to mount a crowdfunded airlift from troubled areas around the Mediterranean to Sweden, allowing would-be refugees to bypass hazardous land-and-sea journeys via what they're calling Refugee Air. -Elisabeth Braw, RFE - 9/13/15

Without Effective Safety Laws or Unions, Workplace Deaths Increase in Iran

- Without adequate laws protecting workers' safety or independent labor groups able to organize and advocate effectively for workers' rights, workplace deaths in Iran have risen to alarming numbers. - 9/12/15

Imprisoned Leader of Spiritual Group on Hunger Strike

- Mohammad Ali Taheri, the leader of a spiritual group who has been behind bars since 2011 oncharges of "corruption on earth" and "blasphemy," has been on a hunger strike since August 13, 2015 to protest his sentence and prison conditions, a member of his family told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 9/12/15

Iran's Supreme Leader ends debate over Guardian Council's role in elections

- Following efforts by President Hassan Rohani to limit the role of the Guardian Council in the elections, Iran's Supreme Leader sided with the conservatives, emphasizing the legitimacy of the Guardian Council as the final authority on the election process. - 9/10/15

Iran: Leader's appointments revive plan to control cyberspace

- Iran's Supreme Leader has appointed the members of the Supreme Council of Virtual Space for a four-year period. The council's duties include guarding against the unrestricted flow of information on the internet and creating a National Internet (Intranet). - 9/7/15

Keeping Iranian Activist Bahareh Hedayat in Prison is Against the Law Says Legal Expert

- Political motivations are taking precedence over the law when it comes to activists such as Bahareh Hedayat, who is being kept in prison despite the completion of her sentence, legal expert Mohammad Oliaei-Fard told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 9/6/15

Over 40,000 Girls under Age Married Each Year in Iran

- Official Iranian government statistics show that tens of thousands of girls under the age of 15 are married off by their families each year in Iran. The numbers may actually even be quite higher. Many families in Iran do not register underage marriages, or do so illegally, according to attorney Shima Ghoosheh, who spoke to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 9/6/15

Iran's Cyberpolice Call On Internet Giants To Prevent 'Crime' Amid Telegram Concerns

- An Iranian cyberpolice official says the authorities have called on Internet giants like Google to cooperate with the government to prevent online crimes, a move that comes amid concerns that a renegade Russian tech mogul's messaging app may have caved in to Tehran's demands. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 9/5/15

Disabled push for a better life in Iran

- "London has completely changed my life," says 31-year old Marjan Kalanaki, a post-graduate computer science student from Tehran who now lives in the UK. "Sometimes I can't believe how independent I have become and how easily I can get by on my own." -Camelia Sadeghzadeh, BBC - 9/5/15

The New Middle Passage

- During the slave trade, which forcibly transferred 12.4 million Africans from their homeland between the late 15th and 19th centuries, as many as 1.8 million died during the infamous "middle passage" to Europe and the Americas -- a casualty rate of around 15 percent. Today's migrants are not slaves. They're coming to Europe voluntarily. Indeed, they're desperate to leave their homelands and find even the lowest-paying jobs in Europe. -John Feffer, LobeLog - 9/4/15

Two more Iranian teachers arrested

- Mohmmadreza Nikzad, an executive member of the Tehran Teachers' Association, and Mehdi Bohlouli, an independent teacher activist, were arrested in their homes by security forces on Monday August 31. - 9/3/15

Iran's Justice Minister attempts to explain persistence of house arrests

- Mostafa PourMohmmadi said on Wednesday September 2 that the decision to arrest the challengers of the 2009 president election results came after a social conflict, adding: "Therefore, we cannot argue the issue of house arrests in the context of legal and judicial provisions." - 9/3/15

Iran Reformist Leader Detained, Released

- Iranian media reports say that the leader of the newly established reformist National Unity Party has been released after being detained for several hours in Tehran. The state news agency IRNA on August 31 cited a member of the party's central council as saying that Ali Shakouri-Rad was released on bail. The reason for his detention was not clear. - 9/1/15

Iran's Interior Ministry says new reformist party needs permit for political activity

- Iran's Ministry of Interior announced on Monday August 31 that the Union of Islamic Iran People party does not have the necessary permit to begin political activities. The new party elected Ali Shakourirad as its leader on August 20 in its first congress and also elected the 30 executive members to run the party activities. - 9/1/15

Iran: Rohani seeks discretion around house arrests

- President Hassan Rohani said in reference to the house arrest of Iranian opposition leaders that repeatedly raising the issue does not help his administration's efforts to end the situation. At a press conference on Saturday August 29, Rohani spoke of his campaign promise to end the house arrest of MirHosein Mousavi, Zahra Rahnavard and Mehdi Karroubi, the leaders of the Green Movement. - 8/31/15

MP seeks solutions to house arrests, media ban of Iranian opposition leaders

- Iranian MP Ali Motahari has written a letter to the chairman of the Assembly of Experts, urging him to review the matter of the house arrest of MirHosein Mousavi, Zahra Rahnavard and Mehdi Karroubi and also the media ban on former president Mohammad Khatami. - 8/29/15

Iranian security officers block memorial for executed political prisoners

- Iranian intelligence and security officers prevented a gathering of families and activists from taking place at Khavaran Cemetery on August 28. Khavaran is the burial ground of some of the thousands of political prisoners who were executed in the late eighties following an edict by the late leader of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini. - 8/29/15

Hundreds of thousand migrants have fled Middle East, Africa for Europe

- A UN report reveals that more than 300,000 migrants have taken the hazardous route across the Mediterranean Sea to escape to Europe this year, and 2,500 of them are estimated to have lost their lives en route. - 8/29/15

Sophisticated Phishing Campaign Targets Iranian Diaspora

- Civil society activists in the Iranian diaspora community are being targeted with an elaborate and sophisticated phishing campaign designed to steal their email communications and contacts, a group of Canada-based researchers contends in a new report. -Doug Bernard, VOA - 8/28/15

Prominent Iranian Activists, Intellectuals Call On Congress To Back Nuclear Deal

- Activists who have taken to YouTube and social media in support of the agreement are hoping that it will ultimately strengthen the hands of the moderates and result in an opening up of the political situation inside the country. Many of them are based in Iran -- including student activist Zia Nabavi, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence, and top human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who was released from prison in 2013. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/27/15

Reactivated suspended sentence keeps Iranian activist in jail two more years

- Iranian student activist Bahareh Hedayat has to serve another two years in jail, even though her family expected her to be released having served five and a half years in jail. Bahareh Hedayat, born in 1981, was an executive member of the student group Tahkim-e Vahdat and also its spokesperson before going to jail. - 8/27/15

Imprisoned Iranian Cartoonist Grateful for International Courage Award

- Jailed artist Atena Farghadani has expressed gratitude upon hearing she was awarded the 2015 Courage in Cartooning Award by the Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI), her father said after visiting her at Evin Prison on August 16, 2015. - 8/26/15

Iranian Nurses' Groups Oppose Firing Of Protesters

- The Nursing Associations in Yazd and Khorasan Razavi have issued a statement denouncing the termination of four hospital nurses at Tehran's Amir Alam Hospital for taking part in labour protests. - 8/24/15

Banning of Films Continues under Rouhani Administration, 14 Movies Now Forbidden

- Despite repeated statements made by President Rouhani regarding the need to allow more cultural freedoms in Iran, the banning of films in the Islamic Republic has continued unabated during his two-year administration. - 8/22/15

Iranian Ex-Prosecutor Acquitted Of Murder In Protesters' Deaths

- A former Iranian prosecutor has been acquitted of murder charges related to the killing of three antigovernment protesters in 2009, Iranian news agencies report. Reports said Said Mortazavi will spend time in jail and pay a fine for receiving "illegal money" during his time as the head of Iran's Social Security Fund. - 8/20/15

Imprisoned Iranian Artist Suffering from Lymphatic Disease

- The artist and civil activist Atena Farghadani has developed signs of lymphatic disease in prison as she awaits her chance to challenge a 12-year prison sentence in the appeals court, according to her lawyer Mohammad Moghimi. - 8/15/15

The Faith Healer Who Has The Iranian Regime Scared To Death

- Spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri attracted a significant following in Iran by spreading the word of mystical love and the idea that he could help cure the sick by connecting them to divine powers. But his work has earned him a death sentence in the Islamic republic -- a punishment Tehran normally reserves for drug dealers and those who take up arms against the regime -- and sparked calls for leniency and allegations of a cover-up. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/15/15

Head of Tehran teachers' group faces new charges

- The General Secretary of the Tehran Teachers' Association is now facing new charges: "Conspiracy to disrupt national security and propaganda against the regime". Abdi was arrested following the wave of teacher protests that began last March and spread across the country to demand better pay and conditions. - 8/15/15

Henry Siegman, Leading U.S. Jewish Voice for Peace: "Give Up on Netanyahu, Go to the United Nations"

- "Well, what I am suggesting he (President Obama) do, and what many others have suggested, as well, indeed for some time now, is that he finally act on a truth, that he understood for quite some time now-namely, that any government that is headed by Netanyahu not only is disinterested in pursuing a two-state solution, but indeed sees as its primary mission and goal, policy goal, is to prevent a two-state agreement." -Democracy Now - 8/15/15

Ailing Student Activist's Continued Detention Violates Iran's Own Laws

- Prominent student activist Bahareh Hedayat should have been released by the end of July 2015 with the completion of more than five years in prison but efforts to end her unlawful incarceration have so far been unsuccessful, according to her husband Amin Ahmadian. - 8/14/15

Jailed Human Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi Needs Urgent Medical Care

- Imprisoned rights activist Narges Mohammadi's medical illnesses have reached a critical stage and require immediate attention, her husband Taghi Rahmani told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 8/11/15

Punishing fines proposed for Iranian women who defy hijab

- The Cultural Commission of the Iranian Parliament has proposed a bill to impose heavy fines on women who remove their headscarf in public or simply don't wear one. The proposal calls for a fine of 100,000 toumans (about $35) for a woman who takes off her headscarf in a car. - 8/11/15

Lawyer for Washington Post Reporter Expects Iran Trial Verdict Soon

- A lawyer for Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian said a verdict in his espionage trial in Iran could come within a week after a Tehran court held a final closed-door hearing on Monday. Leila Ashan spoke after the fourth hearing since the trial began in May. - 8/10/15

Iranian Journalists' Day: Cartoons, Detention and Trial

- Iran has designated August 8 as the National Journalists Day to pay tribute to Iranian journalists and reporters and to remember those who had been killed while on duty. Here are a few cartoons by Iranian cartoonists marking this day as well some related news. - 8/8/15

Policy Memo: Iranian Human Rights Defenders: Nuclear Deal is Good for Human Rights in Iran

- The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed to by UN powers and Iran is focused exclusively on trading constraints and verification over Iran's nuclear program for the easing of nuclear-related sanctions. However, many Iranian human rights advocates and informed observers believe that the successfully negotiated nuclear accord can be an important step towards enabling Iranians to strengthen civil society and improve human rights within the country, and for the international community to increase diplomatic efforts to address the human rights situation. - 8/8/15

Lawyer: Post Reporter's Trial Resumes Monday in Iran

- Detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian will be back in an Iranian court Monday for what likely will be the last hearing in his closed-door espionage trial, his lawyer said Saturday. "They told me that this will be the last hearing, but I cannot be 100 percent sure because there are always unexpected matters," Rezaian's lawyer Leila Ahsan told the French news agency AFP. - 8/8/15

Facebook Activist Details How She Received a Seven-Year Prison Sentence in Iran

- One of the eight Facebook activists sentenced to long prison sentences in 2013 for social and political commentary posted on their Facebook pages, has asserted that she was denied access to a lawyer during her detention, interrogated about private matters, and charged with crimes she never committed. - 8/7/15

Amnesty issued for twenty Iranian prisoners

- The spokesman for Iran's judiciary reported on Monday that 20 prisoners convicted of security charges "have been released or had their sentences reduced". The Islamic Republic often refers to political prisoners as "security convicts". - 8/5/15

Six Iranian forest rangers freed after death sentences stayed

- The head of Iran's Department of the Environment says six of eight forest rangers who were sentenced to death have now been released. IRNA reports that on Monday August 3, Massoumeh Ebtekar said in a speech in Yasooj that efforts are still underway to secure the release of the other two rangers. - 8/4/15

Activist's letter sparks campaign for mothers in prison

- A campaign to support imprisoned mothers has been launched by a group of activists in response to the recent letter from jailed human rights activist Nargess Mohammadi. - 8/3/15

Afghan children still denied education in Iran despite Leader's edict

- Iranian schools are still rejecting many Afghan children despite a statement by Iran's Supreme Leader that all Afghan children in Iran should have the opportunity to study. Ayatollah Khamenei's edict even included the children of undocumented immigrants. - 8/1/15

Iran: Arrest of surgeon in Mamasani stirs outrage

- Iran's health minister has condemned the arrest and handcuffing of a surgeon in Mamasani. While some of the surgeon's colleagues and co-workers staged demonstrations in her support, the Governor of Mamasani says the whole affair was caused by a misunderstanding. - 7/30/15

In Iran, Jason Rezaian's Reporting Strengths Led to Suspicion, Then Detention

- They say Mr. Rouhani's internal political adversaries, who see the president as too conciliatory toward the West, may have been responsible for Mr. Rezaian's arrest. The adversaries might have seen an opportunity to embarrass Mr. Rouhani by imprisoning an American journalist perceived as close to his administration. Mr. Rouhani's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has said he knows Mr. Rezaian personally and has called him "a fair reporter." -NY TImes - 7/30/15

Rouhani Government and Conservatives Clash over Laws on Female Dress

- More than two-thirds of the members of the Iranian Parliament-216 MPs-have signed a resolution supporting the implementation of a law that requires women to observe strict rules on clothing in public. The Rouhani administration has expressed doubts on the effectiveness of coercive tactics against women who are not as observant as hardliners in the Islamic Republic would like them to be. - 7/26/15

Iran's "Smart filter" for internet now in second stage

- Iran's minister of communications reports that the first stage of "smart filtering" for the internet has been "successful" and the second stage has now been launched. IRNA reports that according to Mahmoud Vaezi, the so called "smart filtering" is a complex project envisioned in three stages. - 7/26/15

Iranian activist Nargress Mohammadi decries plight of mothers in prison

- Nargess Mohammadi, the prominent Iranian human rights defender and deputy director of the Human Rights Defenders Centre who has been in prison for over two months, has written a letter from Evin Prison revisiting eight years of motherhood in the light of her activism. The letter, published on the Defenders of Human Rights Centre website, reveals that Nargess Mohammadi's twins have now left Iran and are living with their father. - 7/24/15

UN Petition Seeks To Win Tehran Reporter's Release

- The Washington Post filed an urgent petition July 22 with the United Nations for the release of the newspaper's jailed Tehran correspondent, Jason Rezaian, on the anniversary of his arrest in Iran. The reporter faces 10 to 20 years in prison if convicted in Iran on charges of espionage and anti-government propaganda -- charges which he and his family vehemently deny. - 7/23/15

Iranian teachers arrested as forces bust protest at Parliament

- Teachers' efforts to stage demonstrations on Wednesday July 22 were unsuccessful; however, it appears that their protests have reached the ears of MPs, who have reacted to their demands in Parliament. - 7/23/15

Obama Calls on Iran to Free 4 Americans

- U.S. President Barack Obama demanded Tuesday that Iran release three Americans it is holding and help find a fourth believed to be in the country. "We are not going to relent until we bring home our Americans who are unjustly detained in Iran," Obama told a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Pittsburgh. - 7/22/15

Pursue Human Rights in Iran with the Same Vigor as the Nuclear Accord

- The nuclear accord reached this week between Iran and the P5+1 countries represents a resounding victory for diplomacy and peace. It was achieved only through unrelenting determination borne from a realization that the benefits of an accord far outweighed those of any alternative. -Hadi Ghaemi, LobeLog - 7/19/15
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