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1,600 Teachers Demand Iran's Judiciary Free Imprisoned Rights Activist

- More than one thousand Iranian teachers have issued a statement calling for the release of a teacher imprisoned for peacefully advocating for teachers' rights in the southern port city of Bushehr. Omrani, 40, began serving a one-year sentence for "propaganda against the state" on May 3, 2017. He was arrested in the winter of 2016 by the Intelligence Ministry in Bushehr and released on bail after being interrogated for a month. - 7/26/17

Downgraded Sentence for Teachers' Rights Activist Issued Amid Ongoing Prosecution of Labor Leaders in Iran

- A senior member of the Iranian Teachers' Trade Association (ITTA) has taken no solace in the downgrading of the three-month prison sentence issued to ITTA member Taher Ghaderzadeh to a suspended sentence. "Some of my friends were happy about the light suspended sentence, but we must remember that these actions are aimed at silencing teachers," said the senior ITTA member, who spoke to the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on condition of anonymity. - 7/25/17

Iranian Opposition Cleric Karrubi Hospitalized

- Iranian opposition figure Mehdi Karrubi has been hospitalized due to a heart condition, his son said. Karrubi, a former parliament speaker who has been under house arrest since 2011 without being charged, was also briefly hospitalized in March. - 7/25/17

Political Prisoners Including Swedish Resident Hidden from Ambassadors During Evin Prison Visit

- Shortly before Iranian officials took the Swedish and other foreign ambassadors on a staged tour of Evin Prison on July 5, 2017, Swedish resident Ahmadreza Djalali and other political prisoners were moved to a ward under the control of Iran's Intelligence Ministry. - 7/24/17

Iranian Deputies Push To Abolish Execution For Drug-Related Offenses

- Iranian lawmakers have proposed changes to the country's tough antidrugs laws, a move that could abolish the death penalty for some drug-related crimes. If approved by parliament, a proposed amendment could curb the number of executions in the Islamic republic, which has one of the highest rates of capital punishment in the world. -Frud Bezhan, RFE/RL - 7/24/17

Iran's Telecommunications Minister Pledges To "Get Rid of" Foreign Social Media Despite Past Failed Attempts

- President Hassan Rouhani's Telecommunications Minister Mahmoud Vaezi has refuted criticism that he has been unwilling to block online content deemed immoral by state authorities and has pledged to "get rid of" foreign-based social media networks despite previous failed attempts. At the same time, the minister admitted that some of the demands being made of him by state officials outside the Rouhani government are politically motivated. - 7/23/17

Impoverished Children Without Identification Documents Deprived of Education in Iran

- Children without state-issued identification documents mostly from Iran's underdeveloped border provinces are being denied education in Iran, attorney Osman Mozayan told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Iran only provides education to citizens and establishes citizenship based on the father's nationality. - 7/23/17

Iranians pushing boundaries in 'private sphere' debate

- Every now and then, Iranian media outlets are full of news and analysis about the boundaries between the "private" and "public" spheres. The most recent episode began July 7, when Mohammad Tarahomi, legal affairs traffic police deputy, announced that personal vehicles are not considered a "private sphere" and are thus subject to all public regulations, including mandatory veiling. -Mahmoud Pargoo, Al-Monitor - 7/23/17

UNESCO 2030 Educational Guidelines Scrapped by Iran Include Essential Protective Measures Against Child Abuse

- Implementing educational guidelines from the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development could help prevent tragedies like the case of Atena Aslani, according to a sociologist and expert on Iran's educational system. Aslani's seven-year-old lifeless body was found with "signs of sexual abuse" on July 10, 2017 in the garage of a man with an alleged history of sex crimes convictions. She had gone missing on June 19, 2017 in Parsabad, Ardabil Province, 428 miles northwest of Tehran. - 7/21/17

11 Christian Converts Issued Long Prison Sentences in Iran in Less Than Two Months in Sham Trials

- The Iranian authorities must immediately halt the disturbing trend of arrests and imprisonment of Christians, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement on Thrusday July 20, 2017. In less than two months, since June 2017, Judge Mashallah Ahmadzadeh of Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran has issued long prison sentences to at least 11 Christian converts and the former leader of the Assyrian Pentecostal Church in Iran. - 7/21/17

Rights Groups Urge Iran's President Rohani To Drop Justice Minister In Second Term

- Eleven human rights and media freedom groups have called on Iranian President Hassan Rohani not to reappoint Justice Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi, whom rights advocates have accused of involvement in the killings of dissidents in 1988. - 7/21/17

Iranian Lawmakers Aim To Scrap Discriminatory Citizenship Law

- The status of the daughter of the late Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has inspired an Iranian lawmaker to propose new legislation. A group of Iranian lawmakers are looking to scrap a longstanding law that denies citizenship and equal rights to Iranian children born to foreign fathers. -Frud Bezhan, RFE - 7/20/17

Iran: Halt Drug-Related Executions

- The Iranian government should immediately halt all executions for drug-related offenses while parliament debates amendments to reform the country's drug law, Human Rights Watch said today. Parliament is expected to vote in two weeks on an amendment to the drug law that would drastically increase the bar for a mandatory death penalty sentence. - 7/20/17

NIAC Action Statement on Congress Rejecting Amendments to Bar Muslim-ban Funding

- "We applaud Representatives Mark Pocan and Barbara Lee for leading the charge against the Trump administration's Muslim ban. By offering amendments to defund elements of the ban, Representatives Pocan and Senator Lee demonstrated real leadership in attempting to put an end to Congressional inaction and forego the need for further judicial intervention regarding the Muslim ban. The Pocan amendment, which came to a vote, was unfortunately defeated on a largely party line vote." - 7/19/17

'Positive Signs' Seen by Supporters of British-Iranian Woman Jailed in Tehran

- A British opposition lawmaker campaigning for the release of a British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran for more than a year has welcomed signs that the British government is trying harder to free her. In an interview with VOA's Persian Service, lawmaker Tulip Siddiq said she was pleased that the government held a parliamentary debate Tuesday on the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Siddiq spoke to VOA via Skype video from outside Parliament shortly after the debate concluded. -VOA - 7/19/17

Married Women in Iran Still Need "Permission" to Travel Abroad Under Amendment to Passport Law

- An amendment proposed by the Iranian Parliament's Women's Block to the country's Passport Law does nothing to ease state restrictions on married women's ability to independently travel abroad, a legal expert told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 7/19/17

Pro-Rouhani Journalist Tortured by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Acquitted of Anti-State Charges

- More than two years after his arrest and torture by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), reformist journalist Farzad Pourmoradi, a supporter of President Hassan Rouhani, has been acquitted of the charges laid against him. In a post on his Facebook page on July 12, 2017, Pourmoradi said he had been acquitted of "propaganda against the state," "assembly and collusion against national security" and "insulting state officials." - 7/19/17

Details of US Student's 10-Year Sentence in Iran Reveal Yet Another Arbitrary Prosecution of a Western National

- The Iranian judiciary's sentencing of American academic researcher Xiyue Wang to 10 years in prison on unspecified espionage charges reflects the continued ability of security and intelligence agencies to dictate unlawful and arbitrary judicial prosecutions of Western nationals, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today. - 7/18/17

Contradictory Laws Exasperate Debate Over Iranian Women's Observance of Hijab in Cars

- The growing number of women refusing to cover their hair while driving in Iran, especially during the hot summer months, has resulted in renewed threats of arrests for violations of the country's mandatory hijab law. - 7/17/17

Iranian Activist and Mother of Slain Protester Summoned to Court Same Day Intelligence Minister Denounces Arrests of Activists

- Human rights activist Shahnaz Akmali was summoned to court for unspecified charges on the same day the head of Iran's Intelligence Ministry-the authority that initially arrested her-announced his opposition to the arrests of peaceful activists. - 7/16/17

U.S. Federal Court Rules Against Trump Restrictions On Travelers With U.S. Relatives

- A U.S. judge has ruled against the Trump administration's restrictions on refugees and travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries who have American relatives. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu said late on July 13 that people with grandparents, uncles, aunts, and other American relatives currently barred by the administration should be allowed into the country. - 7/14/17

Staged Visit by Foreign Ambassadors to Iran's Evin Prison Condemned by Rights Activists

- A state-choreographed visit by dozens of foreign ambassadors based in Iran to Tehran's Evin Prison has been condemned by prominent human rights activists inside and outside the country for glossing over the prison's documented history of ongoing human rights violations. - 7/14/17

Iranian researcher: Political past not related to US work

- An Iranian researcher denied entry to the United States without explanation told The Associated Press in an email Friday that he was given no indication his political activity or prior involvement in a volunteer paramilitary militia were reasons for the denial. -AP - 7/14/17

Iranian Cancer Researcher Detained At Boston Airport Despite Valid Visa

- An Iranian cancer researcher arriving in the United States to start work at a prominent Boston hospital was detained this week at Logan International Airport, the hospital has said. Boston Children's Hospital said that Mohsen Dehnavi was prevented from entering the country with his wife and three young children despite holding a J-1 visa for visiting scholars. They arrived at the airport on July 10. - 7/12/17

Rights Groups are Concerned as more Arrests are Allegedly Linked to ISIS in Iran

- Human Rights activists are concerned that the recent attacks claimed by ISIS is rippling into intensified crackdown on members of Iran's minority Sunnis. Especially during the whole of month of Ramadan, Iran security forces raided four Sunni mosques in cities of Bukan and Mahabad in the Kurdish regions arresting at least 25 individuals. - 7/12/17

Iran launches Freedom of Information website

- Iran has launched a website that allows its citizens to freely seek and obtain information from all government organizations and institutions according to law. The website had been operating in beta version mode for 45 days before its public launch. The landmark step was taken roughly two years after the executive bylaw for the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was prepared by the administration of President Hassan Rouhani and government institutions were notified of it. - 7/10/17

Conservative MPs Pressure Culture Ministry to Ban Films Portraying "Realistic Picture" of Modern Iranian Life

- Director Ali Ahmadzadeh's film "Atomic Heart," about the lives of young, modern Iranians, including Christians, could be removed from cinemas in Iran just weeks after a three-year ban on the movie was lifted. "Although it was made in 2014, the film only recently received a screening permit," Ahmadzadeh told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) in a recent interview. "Now there are threats to ban it again." - 7/8/17

Four Christian Converts Sentenced to 10 Years Imprisonment in Iran in Trial Lacking Due Process

- Three Azeri men and one Iranian man, all Protestant Christian converts, have been sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Revolutionary Court in Iran, according to Mansour Borji, the advocacy director of Article 18, an organization that defends Christians in Iran. - 7/7/17

PHOTOS: Foreign ambassadors tour Evin prison in Tehran

- The Iranian Human Rights Organization on Wednesday took foreign ambassadors in Iran on a tour to Evin prison in northern Tehran, ISNA reported. The tour was launched a day after Mohammad Javad Larijani, the organization's chief, said there is no political prisoner in Iran. - 7/7/17

Detained Pro-Rouhani Telegram Channel Admins Repeatedly Denied Legal Counsel Three Months After Arrests

- More than one hundred days after a group of social media supporters of President Hassan Rouhani were arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the detainees are still being denied access to legal counsel, according to one of their lawyers. - 7/6/17

'Los Angeles embodies diversity.' The city's new sculpture celebrating freedom is unveiled

- Production of the sculpture was organized by the Farhang Foundation, an L.A.-based nonprofit organization, and the unveiling was part of the inaugural Freedom Festival, a nightlong block party that featured live music, food and fireworks. The Farhang Foundation promotes the study and appreciation of Iranian art and culture. Organizers said they hope the Freedom Festival becomes an annual event. -Matt Hamilton, Los Angles Times - 7/5/17

Foreign Minister Zarif Says Trump Travel Ban Shows 'Blind Hostility' Toward Iranians

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on June 30 that the new U.S. ban on travelers from six Muslim countries shows "blind hostility" toward Iranians. "U.S. now bans Iranian grandmothers from seeing their grandchildren, in a truly shameful exhibition of blind hostility to all Iranians," Zarif tweeted. Many Iranian-Americans are posting tweets under the hashtag #GrandparentsNotTerrorists to voice their opposition. - 7/1/17

Persistent Iranian Women's Movement Chipping Away at State Ban on Females in Sports Stadiums

- The peaceful battle by women's rights activists geared towards ending the ban on female spectators in Iranian sports stadiums is inching forward despite ongoing opposition by religious conservatives. "Women's rights activists are pursuing this matter from every direction, but athletic officials are asking us to allow change to happen gradually without a ruckus," journalist and civil rights advocate Saba Sherdoust told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) in a recent interview. - 7/1/17

Iranian American Organizations Denounce State Department Travel Ban Guidelines

- As organizations representing the Iranian American community, we denounce the new guidelines for the revised Travel Ban issued by the State Department on Wednesday night. Following the Supreme Court's June 26th, decision to move the Travel Ban forward while exempting those who can "credibly claim a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States," the State Department's guidelines ban extended family including grandparents, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and fiances from entering the country. - 6/30/17

Iranian Officials Warn Strict Punishment for Women Caught Wearing "Bad Hijabs" as Summer Heat Begins

- Women caught with "bad hijabs" in Mazandaran Province, northern Iran, will face criminal prosecution and their vehicles will be impounded, warned a local prosecutor on June 27, 2017. Iran's "anti-vice" squads, also referred to as the "morality police," are particularly busy in the hot summer months when Iranian women wear lighter clothing and are less observant of the mandatory hijab, the head-to-toe-covering Islamic dress code that women are expected to observe at all times in public. - 6/30/17

U.S. To Only Allow 'Close Relatives' From Six Nations Under Travel Ban To Visit

- The U.S administration has set new rules for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim countries and all refugees, requiring them to have a "close" relative in the United States or a "formal" relationship to a U.S. organization. The guidelines are due to come into effect at 8 p.m. Washington time on June 29. - 6/29/17

Iran Blasts US Top Court Ruling on Trump Travel Ban

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has denounced the U.S. Supreme Court's partial reinstatement of a travel ban affecting six predominately Muslim countries and said the decision could energize terrorist groups. "It is regrettable that the citizens of the countries on the list have never participated in any act of terrorism against the U.S. and yet they are being punished for acts of terrorism," Zarif told reporters Tuesday during a visit to Berlin. Zarif added the reinstatement was the "greatest gift" for terrorist groups seeking new recruits. - 6/28/17

Prominent Imprisoned Activist Who Voted for Rouhani: My Vote Was For Iran's Civil Society

- Narges Mohammadi, a prominent human rights activist serving a 16-year prison sentence for her peaceful advocacy efforts, is publicly urging newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani to build the foundations for civil society in Iran. In an open letter from the Women's Ward of Evin Prison in Tehran published on June 21, 2017, Mohammadi explained why she and other prisoners of conscience voted for Rouhani in the presidential elections on May 19. - 6/28/17

Iranian-American Organizations issue statements on Trump's Muslim ban after Supreme Court decision

- "Today's Supreme Court decision immediately places the status of many Americans' families into question again. The Iranian-American community, Muslims across America, and families directly impacted by the ban are now reliving the chaotic days following the Muslim ban in January. Fears of the Trump administration once again spreading chaos by triumphing in the courts and reinstituting parts of its ban that has separated families have been realized. - 6/27/17

Trump's Temporary Ban On Visitors From Six Nations To Take Effect June 29

- The U.S. State Department said on June 26 that it will start carrying out President Donald Trump's temporary ban on travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries 72 hours after it was partly reinstated by the Supreme Court. That means the measure will go into effect the morning of June 29. - 6/27/17

Supporters Of Iran's President Rohani Launch Huge Twitter Storm Backing Him After Hardline Mob Forces Him to Flee Rall

- Tens of thousands of President Hassan Rouhani's supporters took to social media to express their outrage after he was surrounded by an angry mob loyal to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and forced to flee a rally in Tehran on June 23. In a short time, their # I-Support-Rouhani Twitter storm in Farsi exploded to the top of the network's highest trending topics worldwide. - 6/25/17

Prominent Civil Rights Activists Urge Iran's Parliament to Ban Use of Deadly Force Against Border Couriers

- The killing, by border guards, of another kulbar-the Persian word for the border-crossing couriers who transport illegally imported goods into Iran-has prompted 250 Iranian civil rights activists to demand that Parliament implement measures to protect the downtrodden laborers. - 6/23/17

IRAN: Denied Due Process, Detained Telegram Channel Admins Go on Hunger Strike

- Six administrators of channels on the Telegram messaging application who were arrested in the run-up to Iran's May 2017 presidential election have gone on hunger strike in Evin Prison to protest their prolonged detention without access to legal counsel. - 6/23/17

Iran demands that Saudis release three detained Iranian fishermen

- Iran's interior minister called on Wednesday for the immediate release of three Iranian fishermen who were detained by the Saudi navy last week, saying their boasts were pushed off course by waves. The development is expected to further complicate relations between the two countries, which escalated last month when U.S. President Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia and took a bellicose stance against Iran in an official speech. - 6/22/17

Beyond the Ban: Exhibition Spotlights Major Iranian-American Artists

- Works by prominent Iranian-American artists were showcased to a packed house on June 14, the opening night of the "Beyond the Ban" art exhibition, a collaboration between the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) and the Susan Eley Fine Art gallery in New York City. - 6/21/17

Ailing Iranian Political Activist Detained Without Charge Subjected to Three-Month Solitary Confinement and Renewed Interrogations

- More than three months after her arrest and detainment, ailing political activist Hengameh Shahidi has not been charged and is in poor health while being subjected to interrogations and solitary confinement in Evin Prison, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 6/19/17

Iran Says Saudi Arabia Killed Iranian Fisherman In Persian Gulf

- Iranian officials say the Saudi coast guard has fired on two fishing boats in the Persian Gulf, killing one fisherman. "We are pursuing this matter to determine if the Iranian boats had crossed the Saudi border or not, but the action of the Saudis does not comply with humanitarian and navigational principles," Iran's June 17 statement said. - 6/19/17

Iranians rally behind soccer player suspended over wife's modeling

- Last June, Mohsen Forouzan, a goalkeeper formerly with Tehran's Esteghlal Football Club, posted a photo on Instagram to announce his engagement to Iranian model Nasim Nahali. The photo quickly triggered reactions since Nahali was unveiled and the timing of the post coincided with the holy month of Ramadan. The Young Journalists Club, which is affiliated with Iran's state broadcaster, immediately described it as "a matter far [removed] from Sharia and ethics." -Zahra Alipour, Al-Monitor - 6/17/17

Iran's Judiciary Prevents Top Labor Activists From Attending International Conference

- A travel ban imposed by the Iranian judiciary has prevented prominent labor rights activists Reza Shahabi and Davoud Razavi from attending an international labor conference in Switzerland, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. - 6/17/17

Iran's Parliamentary Committee Blocks Security Agencies' Attempts to Significantly Delay Death Penalty Amendment

- A Parliamentary committee in Iran has blocked an attempt by security agencies to delay for a year a parliamentary vote on an amendment that could drastically reduce death penalty sentences for drug-related crimes. "Unfortunately, some security and government agencies wrote a letter requesting that the final vote be delayed for a year," Hassan Norouzi, a member of Parliament and spokesman for the Legal and Judicial Affairs Committee, told the Shargh newspaper on June 13, 2017. - 6/15/17

Why Iranian women are wearing white on Wednesdays

- A new social media campaign against a law which forces women to wear a headscarf is gaining momentum in Iran. Using the hashtag #whitewednesdays, citizens have been posting pictures and videos of themselves wearing white headscarves or pieces of white clothing as symbols of protest. -Nassim Hatam,BBC - 6/15/17

IRAN: Some Female Sports Fans Allowed to Watch Men's Volleyball Match in Tehran, But Ban Persists

- After being denied entry into Iran's sports stadiums since 2012, hundreds of women were allowed inside Tehran's 12,000-seat Azadi Arena on June 9, 2017 to watch a FIVB World Volleyball League match between Iran and Belgium. - 6/13/17

Iranian Human Rights Activist Told He Must Serve Additional Year in Prison on Day of Expected Release

- While his family waited for him outside Rajaee Shahr Prison the day he was supposed to be released, on June 6, 2017, Navid Khanjani was told he would have to spend another year behind bars for his peaceful human rights activism. - 6/13/17

Immigrant-Americans With Support From Over A Million People Worldwide Create A Monument To Humanity In Los Angeles

- The Farhang Foundation, a nonpolitical, nonreligious, not-for-profit Iranian-American cultural foundation, is proud to announce that The Freedom Sculpture: Freedom a Shared Dream, a monument honoring core American values of freedom, cultural diversity and unity, has raised more than $2.2 million, nearing the minimum goal of $2.5 million needed to complete the project. With over a million supporters from more than 50 countries following its progress on social media, the Freedom Sculpture has also become the most crowd-supported public monument gifted in U.S. history. - 6/11/17

Iranian Cleric's Comments Likening Loosely Veiled Women To Prostitutes Spark Backlash

- Judging women by the degree to which they respect the compulsory hijab is nothing new in Iran. In the past, hard-liners have accused so-called "badly veiled women" of being responsible for everything from social ills to natural disasters. But recent comments by the Friday Prayer leader of the central Iranian city of Saveh, who likened women who don't fully respect the Islamic head scarf to prostitutes, appear to mark a new low. -Golnaz Esfandiari - 6/9/17

Iran's Rouhani Government Has Filtered Seven Million Websites in First Term

- A cabinet minister appointed by centrist President Hassan Rouhani has admitted that the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology filtered "seven million" websites during Rouhani's first term (2013-17). The minister's comments contradict Rouhani's implied openness to improving internet freedom in Iran during his first and second-term presidential campaigns. - 6/9/17

Iran's Supreme Leader Says 1988 Executions of Thousands of Political Prisoners "Unfairly Judged"

- Iran's supreme leader has broken his silence over the state's execution of thousands of political prisoners in 1988, which received renewed attention in the country's May 2017 presidential election when a judicial member implicated in the massacre ran for president. - 6/9/17

NIAC Statement on Trump's Muslim Ban Tweets

- The National Iranian American Council issued the following statement following President Donald Trump's tweets resurrecting his calls for "EXTREME VETTING" and a "TRAVEL BAN!" this morning: "In today's episode of daily misinformation, blame-shifting, and overall erosion of our democracy, the President of the United States revealed the categorical duality in his approach to combatting terrorism and his desire to persist with his nonsensical Muslim ban." - 6/6/17

Book Club Members in Iran Sentenced to Prison Time for Allegedly "Promoting Feminism"

- Eight political and civil rights activists have received sentences of up to four years in prison for allegedly reading and spreading feminist literature in Iran-two years after the charges were laid and during a mass trial that limited their defenses to three written sentences. - 6/5/17

Appeals Court Strikes Down Additional Charges by IRGC Against Imprisoned Iranian Rights Activist Atena Daemi

- Imprisoned children's rights activist Atena Daemi has ended her hunger strike after she and her sisters were acquitted of additional charges brought by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that resulted in additional time added onto her seven-year prison sentence. - 6/5/17

Musical Concerts Face Uncertain Future in Iran Despite President Rouhani's Vocal Support

- Iran's presidential candidates faced no problems blasting cheerful music during campaign rallies ahead of the May 2017 elections. However, officially sanctioned concerts continue to be canceled following pressure by religious conservatives, while musicians and performers are subjected to threats and other forms of intimidation. - 6/3/17

Arresting People for Eating in Their Cars During the Ramadan Fasting Month in Iran is Illegal

- Iranian police are not legally allowed to arrest anyone eating or drinking in their car during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan without a warrant, a legal expert told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). "According to a decision by the Supreme Administrative Court, private cars are considered private spaces and a prosecutor would have to issue a warrant to enter," said attorney Mohammad Seifzadeh. - 6/3/17

Iranian Artists, Activists Send Letter to President Rouhani Demanding Release of Imprisoned Music Producers

- Two Iranian artists will have been behind bars for a full year as of June 5, sentenced for their peaceful artistic activities. Today, artists and supporters of artistic freedom from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East called for their release in an open letter sent by Freemuse and the Center for Human Rights in Iran to newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani. - 6/2/17

Trump Administration Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Reinstate Travel Order

- The Trump administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to immediately reinstate its temporary ban on travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries, arguing that it would make the United States safer. - 6/2/17

Well-Known Iranian Cleric Urges Rouhani to Drop Justice Minister for Role in 1988 Prisoner Massacre

- The son of the once heir apparent to Iran's first supreme leader is urging newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani to drop Justice Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi from his cabinet for the major role he played in the 1988 massacre of thousands of political prisoners. - 6/2/17

Iran's President Rouhani: Delivering Human Rights After the Election

- The re-election of President Hassan Rouhani on May 19, 2017 was due in large part to the perception by the Iranian citizenry that his government would do more to improve human rights in Iran than his rivals-an outcome clearly desired by a majority of voters. During Rouhani's campaign rallies, not only did he make explicit references to issues of political and social freedom and promises to uphold such freedoms in his second term, his supporters also repeatedly made clear their demands for improvements in human rights. - 5/31/17

Iranian Activist Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh: To Improve Women's Rights, Rouhani Must Curb Power of Security Agencies

- Prominent human rights lawyer and former political prisoner Nasrin Sotoudeh has called on newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani to improve gender equality in Iran by counteracting the policies of Iran's repressive security agencies. - 5/31/17

Photos: The Smile Of Poverty

- Poverty has a bitter name. However, the people who live in the southern part of Kerman province of Iran have gotten used to it. There is so much poverty all over the place that its absence anywhere will look odd. The men and women of the villages are used to lack of basic amenities such as water, electricity, gas or sanitation. -Shahaboldin Ghayoumi - 5/30/17

Iran Continues Deporting Undocumented Afghan Refugees

- Nearly 130,000 undocumented Afghan refugees have been forced by the Iranian government to go home this year, heading to an uncertain future with the resurgent Taliban now holding more than 40 percent rural territory in Afghanistan. Hundreds more are ousted each day from Iran, in line with Iran's target of sending 600,000 back to Afghanistan by the end of the year. -Noor Zahid and Mehdi Jedinia, VOA - 5/30/17

Rouhani faces pressure to improve human rights in Iran

- In the week before the May 19 presidential election in Iran, the eventual victor, Hassan Rouhani, criticised the judiciary and the powerful Revolutionary Guards with rhetoric rarely heard in public in the Islamic republic. Now, in the eyes of his supporters, it is time to deliver. Millions of Rouhani's followers expect him to keep pushing on human rights issues. -Babak Dehghanpisheh, Reuters - 5/30/17

More Than 15,000 Petition Iran's Judiciary to Free Prominent Teachers' Rights Activist

- An online petition signed by more than 15,000 people calling for the release of imprisoned teachers' rights leader Esmail Abdi has been delivered to the judiciary and the office of the president. "Mr. Abdi is not a thief, murderer, drug dealer, embezzler, foreign spy or traitor to his country," said the petition addressed to Judiciary Chief Sadegh Larijani. "He is a trade union activist elected by the teachers of Tehran according to the laws and regulations of the Islamic Republic of Iran." - 5/26/17

Iran: Newly Elected Reformist Council Member Arrested For Calling Prophet Mohammad "Secular"

- Javad Giahshenas, a newly elected reformist member of the city council in Hamadan, northwestern Iran, was arrested for allegedly insulting the Prophet Mohammad. "The merciful prophet was secular and Islam is the same as liberalism," Giahshenas was quoted saying during a presidential campaign event at the Islamic Azad University of Hamadan, where he works as an academic staffer at the political science department. - 5/26/17

Trump's Alignment with Sunni Autocrats Masks Shallow Understanding of Region

- President Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia has engendered endless press reporting and analysis. Two key points stand out in the media coverage. First, the trip was mostly show than action. Second, the Saudis played up to Trump's craving for adulation and narcissism. They knew he was a fickle showman and acted accordingly. He of course loved it, and they proved that rich princely Bedouins could capture the world stage, at least for a fleeting moment. -Emile Nakhleh - 5/25/17

IRAN: Newly Reelected Rouhani Abandons Promise to End Six-Year House Arrest of Opposition Leaders

- In his first press conference after being declared the winner of Iran's May 19, 2017 election, President Hassan Rouhani refused to commit to ending the more than six-year extrajudicial house arrests of three opposition leaders, a pledge he made during his first presidential campaign. - 5/25/17

Arms Deal Stories Omit War Crimes Arms Will Be Used For

- The Trump administration wrapped up a weapons deal with the Saudi Arabian government this week that will be worth up to $350 billion over the next ten years. News of the deal came as Trump visited Riyadh and paid fealty to one of the United States' most enduring allies in the Middle East. -Adam Johnson, LobeLog - 5/25/17



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