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'Homeland' actress: Iran, free jailed British-Iranian mother

- Once, I hoped to return to Iran. Like Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the woman who now sits in an Iranian jail, I longed to visit family, friends, the land of my birth. Her arrest last month, the latest in a string of arrests of dual nationals lured back to Iran, has thrown cold water on my hopes, for now. The oppressors, for the moment, have won. -Nazanin Boniadi, CNN - 5/25/16

Kurdish Political Prisoner in Iran on Hunger Strike to Protest New Charges

- Mohammad Sediq Kaboudvand, a prominent Kurdish human rights activist who is in his ninth year of incarceration at Tehran's Evin Prison, has gone on hunger strike to protest the new charges that have been brought against him. - 5/25/16

Kamancheh Master Kayhan Kalhor Plays in Tehran amid Conservative Backlash against Concerts

- After six years of silence in Iran, music of kamencheh master Kayhan Kalhor blared out in Vahdat Concert Hall once more. On Saturday night, May 21, Kalhor and his ensemble performed to a full hall of ardent fans in Tehran. - 5/24/16

Iran Says It Will 'Speed Up' Case Of Jailed Advocate For Internet Freedom

- For the first time, Iran has officially acknowledged that it has imprisoned a U.S. permanent resident who advocates for Internet freedom. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari said Tehran "will try to speed up" the case of Lebanese citizen Nizar Zakka, who disappeared in Tehran in September after attending a government-sponsored conference. - 5/24/16

UN Experts Outraged By Jailing Of Iranian Rights Activist

- A group of United Nations officials have expressed outrage about the conviction and sentencing of a leading human rights activist in Iran on charges that include membership in a campaign for the abolition of the death penalty. - 5/22/16

How an Iranian woman snuck into a football stadium only open to men

- A young Iranian woman has become a star among fans of the Persepolis football team after she snuck into a match, which women are forbidden to attend. She took to social media to show how she disguised herself as a man to get in. -France 24 - 5/22/16

Concerts of Popular Iranian Musicians Canceled Due to Pressure from Religious Conservatives

- Two of Iran's top musicians have been prevented from performing in the city of Neyshabour and other locations in northeastern Khorasan Razavi Province by the local prosecutor. Iran's House of Music, an independent association of musicians, has written a letter to Judiciary Chief Sadegh Amoli Larijani protesting the ongoing disruption of sanctioned musical performances. - 5/20/16

Iran Judiciary Vows to Punish Former President's Daughter for Upholding Baha'i Rights

- A high-ranking member of the Iranian Judiciary has said that action will be taken against Faezeh Hashemi, the outspoken daughter of prominent former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, following her meeting with Baha'i leader Fariba Kamalabadi and other well-known civil rights activists in Tehran last week. - 5/20/16

Animal Cruelty Punishable by Flogging and Imprisonment in Iran?

- In lack of a law that specifically deals with curtly towards animals, Iran judiciary is now making up stances for those accused of aggravated animal abuse. In the latest example an accused that abused a dog and caused bodily harm to the animal was sentenced to two months in prison in the northern city of Astara. - 5/20/16

Confessions of a Dangerous Model

- A film about an interrogation session was aired by the media inside Iran. In it the Tehran Prosecutor General, is interrogating a woman, a famous fashion model: Elham Arab. Elham Arab is a female bridal fashion model that stirred much controversy when she made a guest appearance in a TV program called Mah-e Asal (Honeymoon). She is now the subject of a publicly aired interrogation and prosecution. - 5/19/16

Anti Death Penalty Activist Sentenced to 10 years in Prison in Iran

- Narges Mohammadi, human rights and anti death penalty activist who is the vice president of the Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran was sentenced to 16 years in prison. On 18 May 2015, Judge Abolghasem Salavati who heads the 15th division of Tehran Islamic Revolutionary Court stretched the already long prison sentence of Narges Mohammadi by sentencing her to 16 years in prison. - 5/19/16

Iranian Political Activist Tabarzadi Arrested

- Iran has reportedly rearrested political activist and journalist Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, who was released last year after spending more than five years in jail for his outspoken criticism of the Iranian establishment. His son said Tabarzadi had "very likely" been arrested on May 17 and reportedly was transferred to the special wing of a Tehran prison notorious for housing political prisoners for the country's intelligence service. The reason for his arrest is unclear. - 5/19/16

An Ayatollah's Daughter Prompts a Debate on Religious Persecution in Iran

- A house visit by a daughter of a prominent ayatollah to a female leader of the persecuted Bahai religious minority touched off a debate this week in Iran about the harsh treatment of a group deemed pagans and impure by the country's dominant clerics. -Thomas Erdbrink, NY Times - 5/19/16

Iran's Fashion Industry under Assault; Details of Arrests of Models by Revolutionary Guards Surface

- Eight people working in Iran's fashion industry have been arrested and formally charged in an industry wide crackdown led by the Revolutionary Guards. Cases have also been opened on another 29 people, and most of the 170 fashion industry workers who have been targeted during the past six months have also been interrogated, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 5/18/16

Women Prevented from Attending Iran's Premier League Finale

- Iranian women were once again blocked from attending a major public sports event alongside men as the police stopped women from entering Tehran's Azadi Stadium for the finale of Iran's Premier League soccer season on May 13, 2016. - 5/18/16

Iran Arrests 8 for 'Un-Islamic' Online Modeling

- Iranian police have cracked down on women posting pictures of themselves online with their hair uncovered. Eight female models who posted photos of themselves uncovered have been arrested and charged with "un-Islamic acts." Women in Iran have been required to cover their hair in public ever since the 1979 revolution. - 5/17/16

French Foreign Ministry Staffer with Dual Citizenship Awaits Appeal on Prison Sentence in Iran

- Nazak Afshar, an employee of France's Foreign Ministry who holds Iranian and French citizenship, is awaiting a ruling on her appeal against a six-year prison sentence issued by Judge Abolqasem Salavati of Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court on unspecified charges. - 5/17/16

Cleric, daughter slammed for her meeting with Baha'i leader

- Faezah Hashemi and her father, the moderate cleric Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, have become the target of serious criticism by conservative factions of the establishment after the daughter met with a Baha'i community leader. - 5/16/16

Lack of Medical Attention: "Progressive Premeditated Murder" of Political Prisoners

- They did not want to transfer prisoners to the hospital so they brought the hospital to the prison. The planned building of a hospital in Evin Prison was the mark of the judiciary's reluctance to transfer sick prisoners to hospitals outside of the prison. That plan, however, like many other projects undertaken by the Islamic Republic, lacked the necessary preparatory studies and assessments and was ultimately reduced to a clinic. -Ehsan Mehrabi - 5/14/16

Cleric Calls On Khamenei To Back Female Lawmaker Barred From Parliament

- A prominent Iranian cleric has called on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to intervene in the case of a reformist lawmaker who has been barred from taking her seat in parliament after photos published on social media reportedly showed her not wearing a hijab. - 5/13/16

Supporters of Nuclear Deal Should Promote Iran Human Rights

- At a panel discussion Wednesday at the Atlantic Council that this reporter moderated, Ahmed Shaheed, the U.N. Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, expressed optimism that the Iranian government could improve its record on human rights in the aftermath of a landmark nuclear deal. -Barbara Slavin - 5/13/16

Iran: Poet Released After Multiple Arrests. Activist Teacher Released After Hunger Strike

- Keyvan Mehregan, the Iranian poet, journalist and filmmaker, was released from Evin Prison on Wednesday May 11. Mehregan's wife, Afsaneh Parchekani, reports that the prosecutor and the judge agreed to a conditional release for her husband, who had been on a furlough. - 5/12/16

British mother, Nazanin Ratcliffe, held prisoner in Iran 'allowed to see daughter and parents'

- The British mother held prisoner in Iran has been allowed to see her parents and her infant daughter for the first time since her arrest. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 37, was allowed out of solitary confinement for over two hours on Wednesday. -Telegraph, UK - 5/12/16

Iranian Political Prisoners Turn to Life-Threatening Hunger Strikes to Protest Unjust Sentences

- The imprisoned spokesman of the Iranian Teachers' Trade Association, Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi, was hospitalized on May 8, 2016 after falling seriously ill from a 17-day hunger strike. The imprisoned teacher's rights activists Esmail Abdi and Jafar Azimzadeh, who are also on hunger strikes, are in poor health as well, an informed source told the Campaign. - 5/11/16

Kayhan Kalhor's concert in Nishapur cancelled despite proper permits

- The concert of Prominent musician Kayhan Kalhor in Nishapur was cancelled on Tuesday May 10 by the order of the city's prosecutor. The Our Music website reports that the concert was to be held for two nights and it had obtained all necessary performance permits from the Ministry of Culture and Guidance. The concert is also scheduled to play in Yazd, Kermanshah, Khorramabad and Tehran. - 5/11/16

Iranian women barred from provincial stages as classical concert tours

- The third leg of Shahram and Hafez Nazeri's Persian classical music concert tour is set to kick off in Isfahan on May 19 and 20, and the group's female musicians have been banned from appearing on stage. - 5/10/16

Husband Of Detained British-Iranian Woman Calls On Britain To Bring Her Home

- The husband of a British-Iranian charity worker detained in Iran for more than a month has called on British authorities to bring her home. "The cruelty of the situation seems both outrageous and arbitrary -- that a young mum and baby can be treated as some national security threat is absurd, far outside any reality our family was familiar with," Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband, Richard Ratcliffe, said in a statement. - 5/10/16

Iran police chase involving illegal Afghan immigrants ends in fatalities

- A police car chase of a truck in Kerman led to the death of five immigrants and injury of another 13. ISNA reports that the truck carrying illegal immigrants sped away when the police tried to stop it, resulting in a chase in the Anar region of Kerman on Saturday May 7. - 5/10/16

British-Iranian Woman Detained In Iran

- A British-Iranian citizen has reportedly been in jail in Iran for over a month. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliff, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters foundation, was detained at Tehran airport on April 3 by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) while returning to London where she lives, her family said. - 5/9/16

Imprisoned Human Rights Lawyer's Daughter: Help My Father Before It's Too Late

- Abdolfattah Soltani, an imprisoned human rights lawyer, requires immediate hospitalization following his most recent transfer to Evin Prison's infirmary for heart problems, his daughter, Maedeh Soltani, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 5/9/16

Iranian Journalists Face Growing Threats and Intimidation by Authorities

- Iran's Intelligence Ministry officials are increasingly harassing and threatening independent journalists in an apparent move to dissuade them from feeling emboldened by reformist and centrist candidates' gains in the county's recent Parliamentary elections. - 5/8/16

Iranian MP decries unclear reason for candidate's elimination

- Iranian MP Ahmad Tavakoli has expressed serious reservations about the Guardian Council's disqualification of Minoo Khaleghi, the candidate who won the third-highest number of votes in Isfahan, and said the lack of transparency around this decision compromises the council's credibility. - 5/8/16

Brother of detained Iranian opposition leader survives stabbing

- Mir Mahmoud Mousavi, the brother of opposition leader Mir Hosein Mousavi, who has been under house arrest since 2011, was assaulted on Saturday evening May 7. He was wounded in the neck but survived the attack. - 5/8/16

Police bust private Tehran party, arrest actors

- Seven Iranian actors were arrested at a party in Tehran, according to an Iranian media report. Mizan Khabar, the Iranian judiciary website, announced on Wednesday that seven "famous actors" were arrested at a party in Tehran's Saadat Abad neighbourhood. - 5/6/16

Three Share Rights Group's 'Creative Dissent' Award

- The New York-based Human Rights Foundation has awarded its 2016 Vaclav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent to an Iranian cartoonist, a Russian performance artist and an Uzbek photojournalist. "The prize celebrates those who, with bravery and ingenuity, unmask the lie of dictatorship by living the truth," the foundation said in a release Thursday. - 5/6/16

Jailed Iranian bloggers released for medical reasons

- Jailed Iranian blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was released on Wednesday May 4 from Evin Prison. Ronaghi Maleki was finally able to secure the approval of the prosecutor's office for his release on medical grounds. Meanwhile, family of jailed lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani has expressed serious concern regarding the failure of prison authorities to provide him with adequate medical care. - 5/5/16

Iran: Flawed Convictions for Journalists

- An Iranian court convicted three journalists and a family member of another journalist on April 25, 2016 on vague national security charges. The four, along with a fifth journalist, have been detained since November, 2015. The authorities should quash their convictions and release them. - 5/4/16

Imprisoned Irnian Teacher Begins Hunger Strike to Protest Years Behind Bars for Peaceful Union Activities

- Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi, a teacher and activist who was sentenced to five years in prison and an additional four-year suspended prison sentence during a trial that lasted less than eight minutes, has been on hunger strike since April 20, 2016 in Tehran's Evin Prison to protest "the tyrannical sentence issued by the Revolutionary Court," a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 5/4/16

Female Journalist, Sentenced to Ten Years, Beaten in Iran Prison

- The mother of imprisoned newspaper columnist Afarin Chitsaz will make a judicial complaint to protest the beating of her daughter in prison. Maryam Azadpour, who recently broken her silence on Chitsaz's case, described her daughter's ordeal in an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 5/3/16

Revolutionary Guards Going after Family Members of Iranian Journalists Living Abroad

- In a long-established practice of targeting the family members of Iranian journalists who live outside Iran, the Revolutionary Guards have sentenced the brother of a journalist to five years in prison, on trumped up national security charges. - 5/2/16

Iran and #BlackLivesMatter

- Iran has been hosting an annual "New Horizons conference," which it established to address emerging global concerns. Most recently in October 2015, the conference focused on race relations and police brutality cases in the U.S. -Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, LobeLog - 5/2/16

Iranian workers cry out against job insecurity

- The head of Iran's Workers' House opened Workers' Day events by speaking of the lack of job security for hundreds of thousands of Iranian workers. Iranian workers marked International Workers' Day one day early, on April 30, with thousands of workers joining the march, Iranian media report. - 5/1/16

Self-immolating Iranian migrant dies in Australian hospital

- The 23-year-old Iranian migrant named Omid who set himself on fire in Nauru's camp for asylum seekers trying to get into Australia has reportedly died. He reportedly lived in the camp with his wife and was airlifted to Australia to get treatment for his burns. His wife alleges that officials delayed his transfer to hospital. - 5/1/16

Four Iranian Rights Activists Summoned to Appear Together at Appeals Court

- Rights activists Omid Alishenas, Atena Daemi, Ali Nouri and Aso Rostami have been summoned to appear together at an Appeals Court in Tehran on July 5, 2016 to appeal the prison sentences they received from a preliminary court. - 4/29/16

Public Outcry in Iran Over Plan for Increased Morality Police Prompts Review

- Deploying 7,000 undercover morality police in Tehran contradicts the principle of the presumption of innocence, Iranian lawyer Ali Rambod told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. "We should move towards interpreting laws on the basis of innocent until proven guilty," he said. "It appears this principle has been overlooked in regards to the undercover police force." - 4/28/16

Human Rights Groups Condemn Journalists' Prison Sentences in Iran

- U.S. human rights groups are condemning the sentences imposed by an Iranian court on four journalists who were arrested late last year. The four were accused of "paving the way for U.S. infiltration of the country."The Iranian judiciary has handed down sentences of five to 10 years in prison to the journalists who were arrested last November in the period leading up to parliamentary elections. - 4/28/16

Minister intervenes in plot to block winning Isfahan candidate

- Iran's interior minister has written to the head of the country's three branches of government to say the Guardian Council's cancellation of the votes obtained by parliamentary candidate Minoo Khaleghi's is "an error" that needs to be examined by Parliament. - 4/28/16

Hadi Heidari, creator of controversial "Blindfold" cartoon, finishes serving sentence

- In September of 2013, several Iranian MPs maintained that the cartoon was intentionally released during the week of Holy Defence, which is the term used in Iran to refer to the eight-year Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s. They maintained that the blindfolds reflect the black headband worn by Iranian soldiers and that the cartoon suggests the soldiers went to war blindly. - 4/28/16

Four Iranian Journalists Jailed For 'Acting Against National Security'

- Four Iranian journalists have been given prison sentences of between five and 10 years on charges of acting against Iran's national security. Lawyers for the journalists announced the sentences to Iranian state media on April 26. - 4/27/16

Revolutionary Guards' Cyber Attacks Now Directed at Rouhani Cabinet Members

- Iran's Revolutionary Guards, who have long waged cyber attacks against the country's activists and journalists, have extended their hacking attacks to Rouhani administration officials, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned, including close associates of President Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet members. To date, the Rouhani administration has not publicly criticized the Guards' cyber attacks. - 4/27/16

Iranian Judiciary insists ailing physicist's sentence for espionage is final

- The spokesman for Iran's judiciary says Omid Kokabi's sentence is final and he is "being provided with all necessary facilities". ISNA reports that on Sunday April 24, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said that Omid Kokabi, the physicist who has served five years in jail, was tried for espionage and his 10-year sentence is final. - 4/26/16

Iran Said Ready To Release Jailed Cartoonist Farghadani Soon

- A lawyer for prominent jailed Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani has said that the authorities will soon release his client. In June 2014, a court sentenced her to 12 years in prison for a cartoon that depicted Iranian politicians who passed a law limiting women's access to birth control as goats and monkeys. - 4/26/16

Health care denied to jailed Iranian cleric who championed internet

- Jailed Iranian cleric Mohammadreza Nekounam is suffering from health problems, and the special court for the clergy refuses to let him to be hospitalized. Nekounam was arrested entenced to five years in jail after he reacted to statements by Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi declaring high-speed internet service was "haram" (religiously forbidden). - 4/25/16

Mehdi Karroubi: Despite Five Years of House Arrest, He Continues to Speak Out against Abuse of Power in Iran

- Former presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi, who has been living under extrajudicial house arrest for over five years for contesting the result of Iran's widely disputed 2009 presidential election, has written an open letter to President Hassan Rouhani calling on him to convince the "ruling dictatorship" to allow Karroubi to stand trial. - 4/24/16

Iranian Women's Issues Advisor Says Mothers Fear "Morality Police"

- Shahidokht Molaverdi, the Iranian president's advisor on women and family affairs, says the new plan to deploy 7,000 "undercover morality police" on the streets of Tehran is causing serious concern for families. - 4/24/16

Public demand cited as reason for undercover morality policing in Tehran

- The Tehran police chief says the deployment of undercover morality police has been initiated due to public demand. Hossein Sajedinia said on Wednesday April 20 that the public expects the police to act against "harassment in the streets" and "inappropriate behaviour and hazardous traffic acts". - 4/23/16

EU Must Not Ignore Iran's Human Rights Record, Says Former Political Prisoner

- Saeed Razavi Faghih, a reformist journalist who was released from Evin Prison on April 6, 2016 after serving two years for his political beliefs, has issued an open letter urging the European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, to not "sacrifice human rights for commercial greed" during her April 16, 2016 trip to Tehran. - 4/23/16

Imprisoned Iranian Physicist Loses Kidney to Cancer, Must Be Released Permanently

- Omid Kokabee, the young physicist who has been imprisoned in Iran for over 5 years for his refusal to work on military research, underwent surgery on April 20, 2016 to completely remove his right kidney, which was in an advanced stage of cancer. - 4/22/16

Former French embassy employee held in solitary in Tehran's Evin prison

- Nazak Afshar, a former staff member of the French Embassy in Tehran who was arrested upon returning to Iran last March for a visit, is reportedly being held in solitary confinement for questioning in Evin Prison. Also, Sabri Hassanpour, the executive and host of an online network has reportedly been arrested in Iran. Hassanpour, who currently resides in the Netherlands, had reportedly travelled to Iran to visit relatives. - 4/21/16

Rouhani clashes with Iranian police over undercover hijab agents

- Iran's president criticized the use of thousands of undercover morality police in Tehran to report on young women who are not wearing a full Islamic hijab or those who play loud music in their cars. -Reuters - 4/21/16

U.S. Senate Effort to Lift Dual Nationals Restrictions Blocked

- Washington, DC - The Senate voted Tuesday afternoon to approve legislation authorizing the Federal Aviaton Administration, but an amendment authored by Sen. Jeff Flake that would repeal discriminatory Visa Waiver Program (VWP) restrictions on certain dual nationals was blocked from consideration. - 4/20/16

NIAC and PayPal Take Steps to Address Payment Concerns Within Venmo

- The National Iranian American Council ("NIAC") and PayPal Inc. issued the following joint statement regarding certain difficulties Iranian Americans were having using Venmo during the Persian New Year - 4/20/16

Killing Of Afghan Girl Prompts Outrage In Iran

- In Iran, which hosts at least 1 million Afghan refugees and seasonal laborers, the fate of an Afghan migrant doesn't normally make media headlines. The slaying of a 6-year-old girl outside Tehran is a tragic exception. -RFE - 4/20/16

Imprisoned Young Iranian Physicist Stricken with Cancer after Years of Denied Medical Care

- Prisoner of conscience Omid Kokabee, the young physicist who has been imprisoned in Iran for over five years for his refusal to work on military research for the Islamic Republic, has been diagnosed with kidney cancer after years in which prison authorities denied him treatment for his kidney illness. - 4/19/16

Iran Launches Undercover Morality Unit

- Iranian authorities have launched a new undercover police unit that will be tasked with monitoring citizens' morality in the Iranian capital and reporting transgressions to authorities. - 4/19/16

Iranian Political Prisoner in Critical Condition Vows to Continue Hunger Strike

- Prisoner of conscience Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, who has been on dry and wet hunger strikes since March 26, 2016 to protest being denied crucial medical treatment, is in critical condition, but has vowed to continue until his situation changes. - 4/19/16

Tehran Police Prevent Commemoration For Murdered Afghan Girl

- Police in Tehran have reportedly prevented a planned gathering in front of Afghanistan's embassy in memory of a young Afghan girl who was raped and murdered earlier this month in Varamin, near the capital. - 4/19/16

Business Leaders around the World Call for an End to Iran's Closure of Baha'i Businesses

- In a signed statement addressed to Iran's supreme leader, 54 leading business people and economists from countries around the world asked Ayatollah Khamenei to stop the harassment and discrimination against Baha'i business owners in Iran. - 4/18/16

Principle and Pragmatism, Here and Abroad

- In a story out of Tehran, President Hassan Rouhani, who in the Iranian political context merits the labels "reformist" and "moderate", is being pushed by others in the reformist camp who believe he has not been aggressive enough in challenging Iranian hardliners across the full spectrum of issues that separate hardliners from reformists. -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog - 4/18/16

Lawyer Released from Prison in Iran Describes Grim Conditions for Political Prisoners

- Mohammad Seifzadeh, the prominent Iranian human rights lawyer who for years defended political prisoners in Iran and railed against the inhumane conditions of their incarceration, was freed on March 10, 2016 after serving his own five-year prison sentence, and spoke at length about the harsh conditions he experienced first-hand as a political prisoner. - 4/15/16

EU Restrictions on American Travel Delayed, Congress Must Act

- NIAC Action Executive Director Jamal Abdi issued the following statement after the European Commission delayed a decision to suspend the Visa Waiver Program for American travelers by three months - 4/14/16

Half of schools in Iran's Sistan-Baluchistan province need rebuilding now

- The director-general of Sistan-Baluchestan School Revitalization says 56 percent of schools are in immediate need of complete rebuilding. Alireza Rasheki told Tasnim News on Saturday that 576 schools in need of rebuilding are mud buildings and are in constant danger of collapsing. - 4/14/16

Iranian VP Summoned to Judiciary for Commenting on High Execution Rate of Drug Traffickers

- Shahindokht Mowlaverdi, Iran's vice president for Women and Family Affairs, has been summoned to the Judiciary to explain a comment she made in February about all the men in a village being executed for drug offenses. - 4/14/16

End Visa Waiver Discrimination!

- "We strongly urge Congress to vote in favor of the new 'Flake amendment' to ensure that other countries do NOT reciprocate and treat American travelers as second-class citizens!" - 4/12/16

Iranian opposition leader Karroubi petitions President Rohani for day in court

- Mehdi Karroubi has reportedly written an open letter to Iranian President Hassan Rohani calling on him to compel the establishment to comply with the Article 168 of the Constitution and give him his day in court. Karroubi, who has been under house arrest since February of 2011 for challenging the 2011 elections and triggering mass protests - 4/11/16
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