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Activist Iranian woman Mahdieh Golroo in jail for nearly two months without charges

- Golroo, a prominent women's rights activist, was arrested in 2009 and released after 30 months in jail. She was arrested again about two months ago after she took part in a protest in front of Parliament calling for action against acid-throwing attacks on women. - 12/17/14

Iran's Justice Minister says administration powerless to end house arrests

- Iran's Justice Minister says the administration has no jurisdiction over the opposition leaders' continued house arrest, and this issue can only be decided by the National Security Council. Mostafa PourMohammadi, referring to the house arrest of Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Zahra Rahnavard, said: "I have no particular responsibility regarding this matter." - 12/17/14

Marzieh Rasouli Letter to Bahareh Hedayat

- Below are excerpts of a letter written by Journalist Marzieh Rasouli, to Bahareh Hedayat, imprisoned student and women's rights activist. Marzieh and Bahareh were in Evin prison together for a short while. Marzieh has been released since, but on December 30, 2014, Bahareh Hedayat will have served a full 5 years of her 10 year prison sentence. - 12/16/14

Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand receives the ICHR's prestigious human rights award

- The International Center for Human Rights (ICHR) announced today that Mr. Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand, received the ICHR's prestigious human rights award for 2014. Although he is currently imprisoned the award recognizes his efforts to defend the right of Iranian Kurds under persecution. - 12/16/14

Internet filters to be custom-fit for each user

- Iran's Deputy Communications Minister says Smart Filtering will be implemented on the basis of "age, profession and the needs of users." He said information blocking will be tailored according to the identity of the user. - 12/15/14

Visas renewed for 450 thousand Afghans in Iran

- Iran says it has renewed the visas of 450,000 Afghan nationals for another six months while talks over their residency status continue with the Afghan foreign ministry. - 12/14/14

The National Effort at Self-Exoneration on Torture

- The nation's current attempt at catharsis through a gargantuan report prepared by the Democratic staff of a Senate committee exhibits some familiar patterns. Most of them involve treating a government agency as if it were Dorian Gray's portrait, which can take on all the hideous marks of our own transgressions while we present ourselves as pure and innocent. -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog - 12/12/14

Jailed Iranian activists assess government's record on rights

- Abdolfattah Soltani, Saeed Madani, Mehdi Khodayi, Keyvan Samimi and Saeed Razavi issued a statement commending "the relative efforts of the Iranian administration toward improving the situation" in Iran. They expressed support for "the return of expelled professors and students to universities", "the drafting of a citizen's bill of rights", "efforts to remedy environmental problems" and "the approval of a comprehensive plan for free access to information." - 12/11/14

Iran: Suspended activist lawyer arrested on Human Rights Day

- Iranian human rights lawyer and activist Nasrin Sotoudeh was briefly arrested along with husband Reza Khandan on Wednesday December 10. Sotoudeh has been staging daily protests in front of the Iranian Bar Association since her licence was suspended, demanding the right to work and dissent. - 12/11/14

Condemned prisoners sent to solitary in another Iranian prison

- Thirty-five Iranian prisoners on death row in Qezel Hessar Prison were transferred on Sunday December 7 to solitary confinement in Rejai Shahr Prison in Karaj. The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that some prisoners have said the transfer could be a step toward their execution. - 12/11/14

Iran's Supreme Court Rejects Legality of Kokabee's Sentencing

- Omid Kokabee, 33, was a post-doctoral Nuclear Physics student at the University of Texas at Austin at the time of his arrest on January 30, 2011, at Tehran's International Airport. He was about to leave the country after visiting family in Iran. He was kept in solitary confinement for over a month during his 15-month pre-trial detention, and his family and lawyer were not allowed access to him. - 12/10/14

Calls For Release Of Jailed Students, Opposition Figures On Iran's Student Day

- Some students in Iran used Student Day, celebrated on December 7 with speeches and other events at universities, to call for the release of opposition figures and jailed students. Iranian semiofficial news agencies Mehr and Fars reported that a speech by President Hassan Rohani at Tehran's University of Medical Sciences was disrupted by students chanting in support of opposition figures. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 12/9/14

Jason Rezaian's Family Speaks Out

- On July 22, Jason Rezaian, an American-Iranian Washington Post reporter, was detained in Tehran by Iranian authorities along with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, and two other people whose names have been kept private. The reason for the arrests was never publicly announced, and today, more than four months later, everyone but Rezaian has been released. -Jasmin Ramsey, LobeLog - 12/9/14

CIBC closes Concordia student's bank account because he's Iranian

- Arash Khodadadi, a Montreal university student, has been forced by CIBC to close his chequing and savings accounts because he is from Iran. Montreal lawyer Eiman Sadegh knows of at least 13 similar cases in Montreal with other major Canadian banks. -CBC, Canada - 12/9/14

Iranian Court Charges 'Washington Post' Reporter

- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he is "deeply disappointed" by reports that a "Washington Post" reporter detained in Iran for more than four months has been formally charged. The U.S. newspaper reported on December 6 that Jason Rezaian spent about 10 hours in a Tehran court on December 6 while his case was reviewed by a judge. - 12/8/14

Amended law could reduce drug-related executions in Iran

- Iran's Commissioner of Human Rights Mohammad Javad Larijani says his office is making a concentrated effort to change capital punishment linked to drug charges, which would result in a considerable decline in executions in Iran. - 12/8/14

Reliance on Ethnocentric Solutions Equates to Deceiving Women

- Through the pretext of defending Islamic values, it has been claimed for the last thirty six years that relying on international provisions and documents will not correct the gender discriminations that exist against women in Iran's traditional society. -Mehrangis Kar - 12/5/14

Afghan migrants in Iran face uncertain future

- A delegation from the Afghan government is travelling to Iran to discuss the fate of 760,000 Afghan migrants in Iran, who resident permits may not be renewed and who may face deportation. - 12/5/14

Iran's complicated relationship with the Internet

- "Authorities in the Islamic Republic have long had an embattled relationship with the online space," writes Gissou Nia, an expert on human rights issues in Iran. In fact, it's much more complicated than you might think. -Your Middle East - 12/5/14

Iran: Journalist's Detention Extended - Washington Post Reporter Held 4 Months, but Not Charged

- Iran's judiciary has extended Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian's pretrial detention for another two months. Rezaian, a dual Iranian and American national, is being held in a section of Evin prison controlled by Iran's Revolutionary Guards. He has been in detention for more than four months without being formally charged with any crime. -HRW - 12/4/14

Iran's President Rohani: Era of Police State and Extremism Is Over

- "I give promise to the dear youth of my country, especially the dear young students, that I am standing by my promises." In an indirect reference to his moderate policies, President Rohani said, "The era of extremism has come to an end." - 12/3/14

Stabbing of Six Women Continue Series of Attacks Against Iranian Women

- In a continuing series of attacks against women in Iran, a suspect has been arrested for the stabbing of six women in the southern town of Jahrom in Fars Province over the past week. The stabbings follow the numerous acid attacks against women in Isfahan over the last few months, which were allegedly linked to vigilante justice that was aimed at punishing "improper" hijab and encouraged by the Iranian Parliament's proposed "Plan to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice." - 12/3/14

Iranian writers' group denounces continued censorship

- On the occasion of the Day of Action against Censorship, Iran's Writers' Association announced that the Islamic Republic government continues to impose censorship in various and complex ways. - 12/3/14

Exiled Iranian journalist recalls lost freedoms

- Journalism in Iran has never been for the fainthearted. But the challenges of covering the country as a local hire for the foreign press are especially complex, as former New York Times correspondent Nazila Fathi recounts in a moving new memoir, "The Lonely War." -Barbara Slavi, Al-Monitor - 12/2/14

Iran Hospital Manager Hurt In Acid Attack

- Iranian police say two attackers on a motorbike have thrown acid in the face of a Tehran hospital manager. In a statement, police said Dr. Siamand Anvari, the head of Ziaian Hospital, was attacked late on November 29 while on his way home. - 12/1/14

Detained Iranian opposition leader writes to supportive MP

- Mehdi Karroubi, one of three Iranian opposition leaders who have been under house arrest since 2011, has reportedly written to Iranian MP Ali Motahari, urging him to persist in helping the detained leaders to officially stand trial. - 12/1/14

New measures aimed at increasing safety of Iranian women

- The Iranian president's advisor on women's issues says the administration has proposed a bill "to provide women with security against violence." ISNA reported on Thursday November 27 that Shahindokht Mowlaverdi spoke at a ceremony at Mashhad University to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - 11/29/14

Iran sanctions still hamper import of pharmaceuticals

- Iran's health minister says some medications continue to be scarce, despite assertions by the U.S. and the European Union that international sanctions do not affect Iran's access to the pharmaceutical and medical equipment market. - 11/29/14

Iranian Journalist Siamak Ghaderi: 2014 CPJ International Press Freedom Awardee

- Siamak Ghaderi is an Iranian freelance journalist and a former editor and reporter for the Islamic Republic's official news agency IRNA. Ghaderi made international headlines when he chose to rebut former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's claim in 2007 that there were no homosexuals in Iran by publishing online his own interviews with several gay Iranians. - 11/29/14

Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Vows to Continue Protest

- Well-known Iranian human rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh says she's determined to continue protesting a decision to ban her from practicing law. Sotoudeh started picketing outside the offices of the Iranian Bar Association in Tehran a month ago, holding signs reading "right to work" and "rights of dissenters," after the association, reportedly under official pressure, banned her from working as a lawyer for three years. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/28/14

Illegal Addition of New Charges Makes Death Sentence for Iranian Internet Activist Soheil Arabi More Likely

- In an arbitrary and illegal act, new charges that carry a death sentence and which do not allow a pardon were added and the death sentence of Facebook user Soheil Arabi was confirmed by the Supreme Court in Iran. - 11/26/14

No Justice for Survivors of Acid Attacks in Iran

- The offenders of the acid attacks in Isfahan, similar to other serial crimes in Islamic Republic of Iran, will not be brought to justice as the perpetuators of these crimes are being protected. The infuriating aspect of these injustices for Iranian people is that the perpetuators of these crimes are still at large and not facing any sentence while the people who are exercising their rights to protest these crimes and holding state accountable for putting an end to these acts of violence are being arrested and detained. -Elahe Amani - 11/25/14

Iranian security forces stop ceremony for slain dissidents

- Islamic Republic security forces prevented the commemoration ceremony for Daryoosh and Parveneh Forouhar and arrested a number of attendees. The sixteenth anniversary of the death of the couple was to be commemorated on Saturday November 22 at their home, where they were stabbed to death by assailants who entered under the guise of students seeking to interview the political activists for a publication. - 11/24/14

Jailed Iranian-British Woman Released On Bail

- The family of Ghoncheh Ghavami, a British-Iranian citizen jailed in Iran reportedly for trying to attend a volleyball match, said Ghavami has been released on bail. Ghavami was freed on November 23, pending a decision by the Court of Appeal on her sentence, her brother told the AFP news agency. - 11/24/14

Police close down more than two dozen Tehran cafes

- At least 26 cafes in Tehran have been shut down by police citing violations such as "the inappropriate hijab" of customers. The Shahrvand daily wrote on Saturday November 22 that this is an unprecedented wave of police action against Tehran cafes. - 11/22/14

Iran 'Blogfather' Thanks 'His Holiness Ayatollah Khamenei' Following Prison Release

- Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan has been released from prison after serving six years of his unprecedented 19 1/2-year prison sentence. Derakhshan, dubbed Iran's "blogfather" for his role popularizing the medium, wrote on Google+ on November 19 about his release and said that he had been pardoned by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. "I am free after six years. Thank You, God. Thank you, Your Holiness Ayatollah Khamenei," he wrote. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/21/14

Iran: Thousands rally against legislative attack on workers' rights

- Thousands of Iranian workers took part in a rally on Thursday November 20 organized by Tehran Manufacturing and Service Workers, protesting the government's attempts to change the country's employment legislation to the benefit of employers. - 11/21/14

Iranian Scholar's 18-Month Prison Sentence for Questioning Nuclear Program Commuted to Fines

- A Tehran appeals court has reduced the 18-month prison sentence originally handed down to Sadegh Zibakalam, a Tehran University professor and political analyst, for his public questioning of Iran's nuclear program and his criticism of the trial process in a state corruption case, to a five million toman fine (approximately $1,600). - 11/21/14

UN Resolution on Human Rights in Iran Passes by 78-35 Margin

- On November 18, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly's Third Committee adopted a Resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran with a vote of 78 in favor, 35 against and 69 abstentions. - 11/20/14

Mother of accused Iranian woman sheds light on volleyball case

- After the Tehran Prosecutor accused Ghoncheh Qavami of links to opposition forces, claiming the charges against her have no bearing on her attempt to enter a Tehran volleyball stadium to watch a game, Qavami's mother announced that her daughter has no connection to opposition forces and all of her interrogations were focused on her presence at the stadium. - 11/20/14

Iranian lawyers protest in solidarity with suspended colleague

- A group of Iranian lawyers stages a sit-in in front of Iranian Bar Association offices in Tehran to protest the suspension of human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh's licence. The group that gathered at the Bar Association on Tuesday November 18 included many of Sotoudeh's peers from across the country as well as several civic activists. - 11/19/14

New Report Reveals State's Growing Efforts to Control Internet Access in Iran

- The Rouhani administration should use all its authority to end the government's initiatives to restrict Iranians' access to the Internet, immediately cease state efforts to monitor users' online accounts, and end the prosecution of individuals for their peaceful online activities, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. - 11/19/14

Iran 'Vigilante' Law to Test Rouhani on Women's Rights

- Iran's parliament last week approved a bill that would allow paramilitary forces to return to public streets and verbally enforce strict Islamic dress codes. Meanwhile, hardliners are reportedly pushing legislation that would support and protect citizen vigilantes who also want to help enforce the hijab. This comes in the wake of a string of acid attacks on women in Isfahan for not dressing properly. -Cecily Hilleary, VOA - 11/17/14

Viber, Instagram sites to be "cleansed" instead of blocked in Iran

- After reports by the Iranian administration that the Viber and Instagram websites will not be blocked, despite a push by Iranian hardliners, a member of the Working Group to Determine Criminal Content in Cyber Space has been quoted as saying that the content of these social networking sites will be "cleansed." - 11/17/14

Iran Said To Disbar Ex-Prosecutor Over Prison Deaths

- Iranian media report that the country's supreme court has disbarred a former chief prosecutor of Tehran over his role in the death of at least three jailed antigovernment protesters in 2009. - 11/17/14

Column: 'Rosewater' Shows 'How Ridiculous' Iran Can Be

- Jon Stewart's new movie, "Rosewater," was conceived out of guilt and is being born at a potentially pivotal time for U.S.-Iran relations. The hero of the film, which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, is former Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari, who in the run-up to Iran's 2009 presidential elections gave an interview to Jason Jones, mock correspondent on The Daily Show, which Stewart hosts. -Barbara Slavin, VOA - 11/15/14

Iranian university students protest handling of Isfahan acid attacks on women

- A group of students from the International University of Qazvin gathered to protest the recent acid throwing assualts on women in Isfahan and the authorities' failure to arrest the culprits. - 11/15/14

Iranian Activist Woman Challenges President Rohani To Fulfill Promises On Citizen Rights

- Iranian activist Nargess Mohammadi has written to President Rohani protesting against the interrogation procedure she was subjected to in Evin Court. According to the Human Rights Defenders Centre website, Mohammadi has been under investigation by Islamic Republic authorities since last March for meeting with Catherine Ashton when the latter was visiting Iran as the EU foreign policy chief. - 11/14/14

Is UN Engagement Having an Impact on Iran's Human Rights? Absolutely

- To critics who question the ability of UN processes to change the behaviors and policies of the leadership in the Islamic Republic of Iran, an English language media interview with a top Iranian official has provided a revealing answer. - 11/14/14

UANI Targets Legal Humanitarian Trade With Iran

- The anti-Iran pressure group United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) claims as its mission to stop the Iranian nuclear program. A big part of its effort revolves around what it calls "private sanctions campaigns"-attempts to get consumers to boycott or otherwise pressure companies doing business with Iran, while at the same time "striving not to punish the Iranian people," as the group's mission statement puts it. -Eli Clifton and Ali Gharib, LobeLog - 11/14/14

Iran announces plan to accommodate female fans in sports facilities

- The Iranian Ministry of Sports has reacted to public pressure and announced it has plans to designate a section of stadiums to female spectators. The ministry's deputy for women's sports, Robab Shahrian, told ISNA that the ministry will implement a new plan designating specific areas in stadiums for women to attend all athletic events. - 11/13/14

Ghoncheh Ghavami's Lawyer Says New Charges Looming Against Her Are Illegal

- New charges may be brought against Ghoncheh Ghavami, the young woman who was arrested outside a sports stadium in Tehran in June 2014 for trying to attend a volleyball match and who remains in prison. - 11/13/14

Video Appears To Show Police Harassment In Iran

- Four young men are publicly paraded in the back of a vehicle while masked men in black who appear to be members of Iran's police force beat them up and tell them "to bleat" like sheep. One of the young men has his hair pulled and is repeatedly hit on the head while being forced to eat leaves. "I want to see you bleat," one of the balaclava-clad men shouts. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/13/14

Iran's unresolved conflict between reformers and fundamentalists

- As we get close to the November 24 deadline for a comprehensive nuclear deal to be reached between Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany), another conflict has been raging in Iran between the moderates and the hardliners, a contest that could be regarded as a culture war between two different ideologies and two different versions of Islam. -Farhang Jahanpour - 11/12/14

Narges Mohammadi Summoned to Evin Prison Court on Unspecified Charges

- A video of her October 31 speech in remembrance of the second anniversary of Sattar Beheshti's murder quickly went viral among social networks. In her speech, Narges Mohammadi spoke about the police negligence that led to Beheshti's death under torture while being interrogated, and a bill currently under review at the Iranian Parliament that aims to implement the Islamic principle of "Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice" in Iran. - 11/12/14

Rohani Administration Reports No Progress In Probe Of Isfahan Acid Attacks

- The president's adviser on women's affairs announced today that there has been no progress in the investigations regarding acid assaults on women in Isfahan. Some have connected the attacks to the discussions around hijab enforcement by Basij volunteers. - 11/12/14

"I Am Not Angry": Iran's Culture Minister blocks release of film about expelled student

- After persistent pressure from conservative factions in Parliament, the Ministry of Culture and Guidance announced that Reza Darmishian film, "I am not Angry" was finally blocked from screening through direct intervention of the Culture Minister Ali Jannati. - 11/11/14

Iranian officials linked to Kahrizak deaths must return to court

- Saeed Mortazavi and Ali Akbar Heydarifar, two of the judiciary officials linked to the torture and death of detainees in Kahrizak Prison in 2009 have been summoned to court once again because of renewed complaints filed by Abdolhossein Ruholamini, father of Mohsen Ruholamini, one of the victims. - 11/11/14

Iran: Basij forces given go ahead to enforce hijab compliance

- Iranian Parliament has approved a bill allowing Basij forces to give verbal warnings to people in public regarding their compliance with the Islamic dress code. - 11/10/14

Iran Punished By The Volleyball Federation For Refusing To Allow Women In The Stadium

- Ari Grasa, the head of the World Federation of Volleyball, has written a letter to Mohammadreza Davarzani, the head of the Iranian Federation of Volleyball, expressing the global body's gratitude to Iran for its willingness to host the championships but informing Davarzani that Argentina has been chosen as the host. - 11/10/14

Iranian Culture Minister stands firm against critical group of MPs

- Iran's Culture Minister Ali Jannati has once again defended his policies at the ministry despite repeated efforts by a faction of parliamentarians to impeach him for loosening the censorship criteria. - 11/9/14

IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW: Equality for women means progress for all

- The fifty eighth session of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) took place in New York at the Headquarters of United Nations from 10-21 March 2014. -Elahe Amani - 11/9/14

Iran Lawmakers Propose Lashes For Leashes

- Iranians walking their dogs in public could be sentenced to 74 lashes and a fine of more than $3,500. Their pet dogs could also be confiscated, taken to the zoo, or left in a desert. - 11/7/14

Sources: Detained Iranian-American Journalist's Condition Deteriorating

- The health of detained Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian has deteriorated in the past few weeks, sources have told VOA. Rezaian has been detained in Iran since July 22, when he, his wife and two other American journalists were taken into custody. No formal charges have been announced against them. -Margaret Besheer, VOA - 11/6/14

New Hope for Revocation of Death Sentence for Insulting Prophet on Facebook

- A Supreme Court branch reviewing the appeal request in the case of Soheil Arabi, a man convicted of "sabb al-nabi" (insulting the Prophet) and sentenced to death, will soon announce its ruling, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 11/6/14

Iranian Political Prisoner After His Release: We Do Not Repent, Have Full Belief In Our Struggle

- Last week when he was released from Evin prison, where he had spend the last four years as a political prisoner, Amin (Peyman) Chalaki, the 2009 deputy manager of Mir-Hossein Mousavi's election campaign in Saveh, held up a photograph of his former boss in defiance of those who had arrested, sentenced and imprisoned him. -Fereshteh Ghazi, Rooz - 11/6/14

Insurance aid requested for treatment of Iran's land mine victims

- Iran's Ministry of Health has been urged to provide land mine victims with the health insurance needed to help them recover as best possible from their injuries, as land mines continue to plague residents in the provinces of Khuzestan, Kurdistan, Western Azerbaijan, Ilam and Kermanshah. - 11/5/14

Police official downplays acid attacks in Isfahan

- Ahmadreza Radan, the Chief of Police Strategic Studies, says the acid assaults on women in Isfahan have been "blown out of proportion [which allowed] the enemy to take advantage of it." President Rohani has implicitly linked the actions to overt government interference in the enforcement of hijab and Islamic dress codes in public. - 11/4/14

Fighting for freedom in Iran in the privacy of their own homes

- Nothing much has changed since the protests in 2009 despite President Rouhani's pledges. Young and old are surprisingly open to quietly revealing their frustrations with theocratic rule, even to a Westerner -Rob Hastings, Independent - 11/3/14

Iranian Lawmakers Look To Protect Vigilantes Of Islamic Justice

- The bill winding through the conservative-dominated parliament would strengthen punishments for those who injure or kill people carrying out their Islamic duty to promote virtue and prevent vice, and would give injured vigilantes of Islamic justice the same benefits and legal protections afforded to "martyrs and disabled veterans." -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/2/14

U.K. Concerned By Trial, Jailing Of British-Iranian Woman

- The British government says it is concerned about reports that a British-Iranian woman has been sentenced to one year in prison after trying to attend a volleyball match in Tehran. In a statement on November 2, the British Foreign Office said there are "concerns about the grounds for this prosecution, due process during the trial," and the treatment of Ghonchech Ghavami while in custody. - 11/2/14

Iran Says Nearly All Executions Drug-Related

- Iran's top human rights official responded to UN criticism of the death penalty in his country by saying 93 percent of the executions in Iran are for illegal drug smuggling. Mohammad Javad Larijani, the secretary of Iran's Human Rights Council, made his comments in answering a UN report criticizing Iran's frequent use of capital punishment. - 11/2/14

Iranian reporter who covered Isfahan protests set free on bail

- Arya Jafari, an ISNA reporter detained for nine days by the Isfahan Revolutionary Guards for covering public protests against acid attacks on women, was released on bail today, October 31. Three ISNA staff members were arrested following their reports on the protests, and Jafari is the last to be released. - 11/1/14

Iranian journalists rally around detained colleague who covered protests

- A letter signed by 129 journalists calls for the release of Arya Jafari, the ISNA photojournalist who has been in custody in Isfahan since October 22 for coverage of protests against the repeated acid attacks against women in Isfahan. - 10/31/14

Iranian Government Spying in Social Networking Sites

- This is a field report about the indifference of internet users to the Islamic republic regime's spying efforts in cyber space as it tries to identify those who are against the regime or certain policies.The only immunity for these users comes from their overwhelming multitudes and the undeniable prevalence of opposition to the regime. -Hamid Rezai - 10/30/14
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