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Following Outcry at UMass Amherst, Another U.S. University Revises Policy on Iranian Students

- In response to outreach from the National Iranian American Council, one more university is taking steps to ensure that its enforcement of sanctions and other restrictions against Iran do not unduly discriminate against Iranian students. - 3/27/15

Journalist Who Backed Rohani Flees Iran

- An Iranian journalist who campaigned for President Hassan Rohani and who had traveled to Lausanne with Iranian negotiators to cover talks on Tehran's nuclear program is seeking political asylum in Switzerland. Amir Hossein Motaqi, editor of Iran's ISKA news agency, told RFE/RL he decided to seek asylum after being hampered in his journalistic work by Iranian officials. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 3/27/15

Azerbaijanis Strive to Build Civil Society Away from Home

- The space for freedom of expression in Azerbaijan is now roughly the same size as a jail cell, watchdog groups say. Azerbaijani rights activists and journalists are accordingly fleeing the country in growing numbers. -Nargiz Rashid, EurasiaNet - 3/23/15

Iranian Children's Rights Activist Charged with "Acting against National Security"

- Civil and children's rights activist Atena Daemi has been formally charged, after six months of "temporary detention" in Evin Prison, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 3/22/15

Iran agrees to tackle persecution based on sexual orientation

- Iran has announced it will implement some of the recommendations provided to it in the latest Universal Periodic Review of human rights in Iran. More specifically, Iran has committed itself to ending the persecution of individuals based on their sexual orientation. - 3/20/15

Human Rights: Under scrutiny, Iran Shows Increased, but Limited Cooperation with UN Mechanism

- Four years into his mandate as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed told UN member states at a meeting of the Human Rights Council today in Geneva that although he has yet to be let into the country for a site visit, Iran is demonstrating other signs of cooperation with the mandate. - 3/19/15

Political prisoner's father threatens self-immolation if son not freed

- Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki, the father of jailed Iranian blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, has threatened to set himself on fire in front of the prosecutor's office in Tehran if the authorities refuse to release his son for necessary medical care. - 3/19/15

Iran Should Release Jason Rezaian

- Last week Jasmin reported on the case of American-Iranian journalist Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post's Tehran bureau chief who has been detained in Iran since July 22, 2014. Jason turned 39 in Tehran's Evin prison on Mar. 15. Citing both his birthday and the upcoming Persian New Year (Nowruz), when the government traditionally offers gestures of goodwill, his lawyer has submitted a furlough request. -Jim Lobe, LobeLog - 3/18/15

Presidential powers called insufficient to fulfill promises of liberty for Iranians

- The head of Iran's expediency council says that while he supports Hassan Rohani, the president made campaign promises about political and social liberties that go beyond the limits of his executive power. - 3/15/15

Iran: Fars Governor say MP's attackers now identified

- The statement comes after President Rohani, the interior minister and a number of MPs called for the immediate identification of the attackers. Some MPs have even called for the governor's resignation for the security failure in his province. - 3/15/15

Photos: Iranian Assyrians hold rally, condemn ISIL crimes

- Hundreds of Iranian Assyrians have held a demonstration in Tehran, condemning the crimes perpetrated by ISIL militants against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. They gathered in front of the United Nations headquarters on Thursday to condemn the dreadful killings of civilians, especially Assyrians, in Iraq and Syria. - 3/14/15

Proposed Iranian Laws Are Setback for Women

- Proposed new laws in Iran would restrict women's access to birth control and jobs, according to human rights group Amnesty International. The group expressed alarm at two bills, moving through Iran's parliament, that aim to arrest the country's plunging birth rate and declining population, seen in Tehran as major threats to the Islamic Republic's future. -Henry Ridgwell, VOA - 3/14/15

Facebook Users Arrested, Others Will Be Arrested Soon, IRGC Warns

- More than 30 people have been targeted by the cyber crime unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) this month, including a dozen arrested for their "immoral" activities on Facebook. - 3/14/15

Muhammad Ali joins call to free Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian

- Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali lent his voice to those calling for the release of detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, as Rezaian's family and his newspaper petitioned for his release at a press conference in the United States on Thursday. - 3/14/15

Iranian artists call for return of music concerts to Mashhad

- A group of artists and musicians has written to the Governor of Khorasan Razavi, calling on him to cancel the ban placed on all music concerts in Mashhad, the provincial capital. Qods online reports that the signatories maintain that such a ban will lead to the "separation and alienation of the young generation from their local artistic and cultural values." - 3/13/15

Outspoken Iranian MP injured by assailants on motorcycles

- Over fifty assailants attacked outspoken Iranian MP Ali Motahari in Shiraz with pepper spray, rotten tomatoes and bricks, causing injury to his face. ISNA reports that Motahari, who was scheduled to give a lecture at Shiraz University, arrived at the Shiraz Airport on Monday March 9 and was attacked by a number of unidentified assailants. - 3/11/15

Iranian musicians band together against concert meddling

- The Iranian music community has launched a campaign, calling on all musicians and music lovers to stand up against the cancellation of concerts and recent restrictions imposed on all forms of music activities. - 3/10/15

We Won't Be Silenced: Iranian Women's Demands in Three Episodes

- What does March 8 mean for Iranian women? What is their share of the decades of struggle by women's rights activists for equality? What are the problems and demands of those who live in large and small cities, in villages and more closed communities? -Parvaneh Vahidmanesh - 3/9/15

Vigilante Violence: The Acid Attacks against Women in Iran and the State's Assault on Women's Rights

- The Iranian Parliament should immediately withdraw the pending Plan to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice, which explicitly calls for Basij militias to enforce strict hijab (female dress), the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. This plan not only violates the rights of all Iranian women, it also presents a clear and present danger to their continued safety. - 3/7/15

FIFA Head Urges Iran To Let Women Into Stadiums

- FIFA President Sepp Blatter says Iran's ban on women attending football matches is "intolerable" and should be lifted. Blatter wrote in FIFA's weekly magazine published on March 6 that he raised the issue with Iranian President Hassan Rohani more than one year ago but that "nothing has happened." Blatter said the ban "cannot continue." - 3/6/15

Iranian Activist Ends Hunger Strike after Judge Agrees to Transfer to Evin's Political War

- Atena Faraghdani has ended her hunger strike in hospital, where she has been since her February 26 collapse in Gharchak Prison, after learning that a Revolutionary Court Judge agreed to return her to Evin Prison's Women's Ward for political prisoners, her lawyer told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 3/5/15

UN Secretary-General Expresses Alarm about Executions, Retaliation Against Activists and Attacks on Women in Iran

- In his interim report on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran published on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon detailed a long list of human rights concerns, leading with the ongoing application of the death penalty, retaliation against activists cooperating with the United Nations and a deterioration in women's rights. - 3/4/15

Iran's Culture Minister asserts authority over allowing concerts

- Jannati said Muslim clergy have differences of opinion about music, with some who deem it haram (forbidden) and others who don't. He said, however, that his ministry's guide on this issue is the direction of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, whom he described as an "art connoisseur". - 3/4/15

Iran Judiciary 'Picks' Lawyer for Detained Washington Post Reporter

- Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter detained in Iran for more than seven months, was granted access to a lawyer but not one of his choosing, his family said. Masoud Shafii, who has been attempting to secure official recognition as Rezaian's attorney, said he has been trying to see his client in prison, but has been repeatedly stymied by the judge assigned to the case. -Farhad Pouladi, VOA - 3/3/15

Iran's Guardian Council rejects bill of support for volunteer hijab patrols

- The Guardian Council has once again rejected a bill to support volunteer hijab enforcers, saying it contravenes the constitution and needs to be reviewed by Parliament. The council had previously sent the bill back to Parliament for similar shortcomings. - 3/3/15

Gathering of Iranian writers' group cancelled by authorities

- A gathering called "Age of Translation" organized by the Iranian Writers Association for Friday February 27 was cancelled by the authorities one hour before it was scheduled to begin. A statement by the association indicates: "One hour prior to the program, a security official arrived at the hall and informed us that the gathering should not take place." - 3/2/15

Iranian Journalist Behind Bars Since 2009 Suffers Heart Attack in Prison

- The imprisoned journalist Massoud Bastani was transferred to the hospital on February 20, 2015, following a heart attack inside Shahid Rajaee Prison. The health conditions of Bastani, 37, who has been in prison since his arrest in the wake of the protests that followed the disputed 2009 presidential election in Iran, have steadily deteriorated during his six years of incarceration. - 3/1/15

Iranian Prisoner of Conscience Released After Nine Months of "Temporary Detention" At Deplorable Facility

- Nine months after her arrest, the lawyer and prisoner of conscience Negar Haeri was released on bail of about US$580,000 on February 25, 2015. She spent her entire time in prison since her May 2014 arrest on "temporary detention orders. - 2/28/15

Two Iranian websites linked to reformists blocked

- Fars News Agency reported on Friday February 27 that the Jamaran and Bahar News websites have been blocked and are no longer accessible by internet users. According to Fars News Agency Jamaran has published a number of interviews in recent weeks with "radical reformist figures" and also widely covered news of former Iranian president and top reformist figure Mohammad Khatami. - 2/28/15

Silencing Khatami?

- The judicial order of a media blackout on Mohammad Khatami and the reaction of Iranian social media users have once again highlighted the former president's political importance. As the potentially pivotal 2016 parliamentary elections draw near, the pressure on Khatami -- known as the "president of the reformist governments" -- will increase. -LobeLog - 2/28/15

Iran: Prosecutor cancels concert despite Culture Minister's stance

- A few days after the minister of culture stressed that his ministry will not surrender to pressure from extremist groups regarding concerts, Alireza Ghorbani's Eshtiag music group was prevented from holding a concert that had been scheduled for Wednesday February 25. - 2/27/15

Rohani Adviser Says Rights Violations Hurting Iran

- Ali Yunesi, a senior adviser to Iran's President Hassan Rohani and a former intelligence minister, has admitted that "many cases" of human rights violations are taking place in Iran's courts and prisons, blaming them on extremists. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 2/27/15

Activists Ask FIFA to Intervene to End Iran's Ban on Women in Stadiums

- In a letter addressed to the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the Swiss-based organization responsible for administering the World Cup soccer competitions, 190 Iranian activists have asked FIFA to suspend Iran's membership in FIFA, in response to the Iranian government's ban on the presence of Iranian women in soccer stadiums. - 2/26/15

Subversive Facebook page wins women's rights prize

- The Geneva Summit for Democracy and Human Rights announced on Monday that Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad, creator of the My Stealthy Freedom Facebook page, is the recipient of its Women's Rights Prize for 2015. - 2/25/15

Child Poverty: 7 Lessons

- The official child poverty rate in the United States today stands at 20 percent; it is the second highest among the world's developed countries. That means that almost 15 million children live in poverty in the United States. The Century Foundation formulated seven "lessons" about childhood poverty in the U.S. following its Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative conference last June -The HAND Foundation - 2/25/15

Iranian Student Who Triggered UMass Dispute Fights to Return

- Lost in the dispute over the University of Massachusetts' controversial restrictions on Iranian students was the woman who inadvertently sparked it all. Until now. Her name is Zahra Khalkhali, and her case has become a cause celebre on UMass' Amherst campus. -NBC News - 2/25/15

Award-winning Taxi filmmaker on art and politics in Iran

- Jafar Panahi, the winner of this year's Berlinale Golden Bear prize, responded to statements from the head of Iran's Cinema Organization about the "political" nature of Panahi's recognition by the film festival, saying that "for many years the art scene [in Iran] has been haunted by the footsteps of politics". - 2/21/15

Hardline Iranian Judge Blocks Lawyer Chosen to Represent Washington Post Journalist

- An Iranian lawyer trying to represent a detained Washington Post journalist is not being allowed to see his prospective client, he says. Masoud Shafii said he has been trying to see Jason Rezaian, but he has been stymied by the judge assigned to preside over the case. Rezaian, a dual citizen of Iran and the U.S., has been held in Tehran's notorious Evin prison for seven months. - 2/21/15

Iranians Take To Social Media To Challenge Media Ban On Ex-President Khatami

- Some Iranians are protesting against a state media ban on former President Mohammad Khatami by posting his pictures on social media under the hashtag "We will be Khatami's media" -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 2/20/15

California court says Iran's justice system not fair enough for property dispute

- A California court found itself in the unfamiliar terrain of foreign relations when it had to decide whether a dispute over real estate in Iran - claimed by three Californians who say an Iranian cheated their parents out of the property -- should be transferred to the Iranian courts. -SF Gate - 2/19/15

Iran's Judiciary Chief Defends Opposition House Arrests As Legal

- The head of Iran's Judiciary says there is no legal obstacle to the house arrest of the leaders of the Green Movement according to the country's laws. Speaking at a conference commemorating two martyrs, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani slammed recent U.S. statements about the house arrest of Mehdi Karroubi, MirHosein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard as interference in the country's internal affairs. - 2/18/15

Omid Kokabee, in Letter from Evin Prison in Tehran, Accepts Prestigious Science Award

- An acceptance speech by Omid Kokabee, written from his Evin prison cell in Iran, was delivered at the Award Ceremony for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2014 Freedom and Responsibly Award on February 13. - 2/17/15

Iran: Journalists Association Wary Of Government Interference

- The Association of Iranian Journalists has issued a statement warning against efforts by the Ministry of Labour to establish a larger, all-encompassing organization to replace the existing association. - 2/17/15

Rohani's administration seems to back down on women's right to sing

- The Ministry of Culture appears to have caved in to pressure from Islamic Republic hardliners regarding women singing in public, as a recent report indicates that the female singer scheduled to perform in the opening of Fajr Music Festival did not perform. - 2/17/15

Iran's Green Movement Leaders in Limbo After 4 Years of House Arrest

- Even though the unlawful house arrests of the leaders of the Green Movement and the denial of their basic rights continues for years no official agency or institution has been identified to be responsible for this situation. Many believe that the national security council is responsible while there are those who argue that ayatollah Khamenei is the cause and continuation of the arrests. -Behrooz Samadbeygi - 2/17/15

Iranian Media Told, Again, Not to Mention Ex-President Khatami

- The spokesman for Iran's judiciary has confirmed that Iranian media remain banned from mentioning former reformist President Mohammad Khatami and publishing his comments, statements, and pictures. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 2/17/15

President Rouhani condemns killing of 3 Muslim students in North Carolina

- "The brutal crime of the killing of three young Muslim students in the United States of America is a deplorable act and another manifestation of the serious danger of the spread of violence and extremism in our time," Rouhani said on Sunday. - 2/16/15

PAAIA Voices Concern Over UMass Amherst's Proposed Policy on Iranian Students

- In a recent statement, University of Massachusetts Amherst announced they will no longer accept Iranian nationals to their engineering and natural sciences programs due to their concerns in complying with the Iran Threat Reductions and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012. PAAIA is concerned that UMass Amherst's potential broad interpretation of the law will negatively impact Iranian students during the admissions process and could lead to similar policy decisions by other U.S. universities. - 2/14/15

NIAC Concerned by University's Exclusion of Iranian Students, Calls for Reversal

- The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) has learned that the University of Massachusetts Amherst will no longer admit Iranian nationals as students in certain engineering and science programs and will require all Iranian students to certify their compliance with certain sanctions. NIAC is deeply concerned by the University of Massachusetts Amherst's action and calls on the University to reverse its decision. - 2/13/15

Iranian Judiciary urged to let jailed journalist get medical care

- Ninety-six social and political activists have issued a letter urging the Islamic Republic judiciary to take the necessary steps for the release of jailed journalist Saeed Razavi Faqih. The letter highlights Razavi Faqih's need for immediate medical care and reminds the judiciary of its responsibility for his health and safety. - 2/13/15

Photos: Village Students in Chabahar Looking For Philanthropists To Help Their Schools

- These photos are from the schools at Kamb and Tiss Koopan villages in the district of Chabahar town in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province. At the age of the internet, the students at these schools are still deprived of the basic educational facilities. With their their government having failed them, these students have now turned to philanthropists and asking for their help so their schools can meet the minimum educational standards. - 2/12/15

The Green Movement Stirs and Rouhani Responds

- On February 14, Iran's Green Movement leaders will enter their fifth year of house arrest. Despite his implicit campaign promise, President Hassan Rouhani has been unable to gain the release of former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi, his wife Zahra Rahnavard, and former speaker of parliament Mehdi Karroubi. As recent events indicate, however, supporters of the Green Movement are still demanding the release of these opposition leaders and insisting that Rouhani's office implement democratic reform. - 2/12/15

Iranian writers welcome decline of censorship

- It is hard to overstate how beleaguered Iran's writers and publishers felt during the eight years under Ahmadinejad. The Islamic Republic has never been a bastion of freedom of expression, but during that time, things were taken to a different level. -Arash Azizi, Al-Monitor - 2/11/15

Iran's IRGC Intensifies Crackdown on Facebook Users with 12 Arrests and 24 Summonses

- An IRGC cyberspace specialist, Mostafa Alizadeh, announced in a statement on Iranian state television on February 1, that 12 Iranian Facebook users have been arrested on charges of "spreading corruption, and [carrying out a] mission to change family lifestyles." He added that 24 other citizens were summoned to answer questions about their Facebook activities. - 2/10/15

Iran Filters Outspoken Lawmaker's Website

- The website of conservative Iranian lawmaker Ali Motahari has been filtered by Iran's judiciary, according to the hard-line Fars news agency. The report says no official explanation has been provided for the decision to block Motahari's website, which is also inaccessible from outside the country. - 2/4/15

Iranian President supports freedom and independence of universities

- In the seventh Farabi Festival, Iranian president Hassan Rohani defended freedom and independence in the study of Humanities stressing that political interference in science and academic pursuits is not in the interest of the government or universities. - 2/3/15

Iranian Teachers Protest Wages That Are Below the Official Poverty Line

- Teachers in the cities of Marivan, Baneh, and Shahrood, who have refused to attend class since January 20 in protest against wages that are below the official poverty line, have announced that they would not abandon their protest until their demands for salary increases are taken into consideration, according to labor activist Mansour Osanloo. - 2/3/15

Tehran court to hear case against two media outlets

- The trial for the shut down of Sharqh daily newspaper and Setareh Sobhmagazine will take place on Sunday February 1, IRNA reports. The report indicates that the session will take place with the Press Supervisory Board as jury and Siyamak Modir acting as judge. - 2/2/15

Facebook users charged for alleged threat to "Iranian lifestyle"

- A group of Facebook users has been arrested for the charge of "spreading corruption and degeneration of the Iranian lifestyle." The Mehr News Agency reported on January 31 that the detainees were the chief figures in an active network and were identified in a project referred to as "ankaboot" (spider). - 2/2/15

Iran's Communications Minister sees losing battle in blocking social websites

- Iran's Minister of Communications says internet social networking sites cannot be blocked because the country cannot replace them. The Fars news agency reports that in a speech in Khoramshahr on Thursday January 30, Mahmoud Vaezi said: "We cannot block social networking programs because we cannot replace them." - 1/31/15

Anger in Ahvaz over government inaction on dust pollution

- Ahvaz residents took to the streets on Friday January 30 to protest the lack of any effective government action to combat the previous day's dust storm, which pushed the concentration of air particles to more than 66 times the acceptable level. - 1/31/15

Iranian MP Motahari points to intensified attack on free speech

- Tehran MP Ali Motahari says freedom of speech has become more strained under the Rohani administration and self-censorship has become more common in the media. He stressed that continued pressure on the Rohani administration is the chief cause of the strain on the media. - 1/30/15

Iran's High Court Confirms Exile Sentences For Dervishes

- The Supreme Court has upheld the sentence issued to seven dervishes by the Shiraz Revolutionary Court, according to media outlets linked to Gonabadi Dervishes. The seven dervishes have been found guilty of "enmity with God" and "corruption on earth"; three of them are sentenced to lifetime exile and the other four are to spend 28 years in exile. - 1/30/15

Iran: Detained U.S. journalist to go on trial soon

- Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post journalist detained in Iran, will soon go on trial, the Chief Justice of Tehran has told reporters. He added that Rezaian is in contact with his family and has been visited by them. - 1/29/15

Iran: Prominent Human Rights Activist Detained and Kept from Seeing VP of German Parliament

- Human rights activist Narges Mohammadi was detained by security agents for several hours as she tried to meet with the Vice President of the German Parliament, Claudia Roth, in Tehran on the afternoon of January 25, 2015, according to Saham News. She was released at midnight, after she was interrogated and threatened with imprisonment. - 1/29/15

Iranian Weekly publication "Setareh Sobh" closed after printing MP's letter

- The Setareh Sobh weekly has been shut down by order of the Culture and Media Court for publishing Ali Motahari's letter to the Head of the Judiciary demanding action on the house arrest of opposition leaders. - 1/28/15

Iranian MPs Move to Permanently Ban Journalists Connected to Shuttered Publications

- A few days after the Iranian Judiciary ordered the reformist Mardom-e Emrooz newspaper banned, ultra conservative members of the Iranian Parliament are working on legislation to permanently ban journalists who have worked for reformist publications that were shut down by the authorities. The measure is meant to ensure that such journalists will not resurface and continue their work in another publication. - 1/27/15

Iranian school principal latest victim of violence near Pakistani border

- Media sources in Iran report that a school principal was killed in Saravan in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan. The Entekhab website reports that unknown assailants shot and killed school principal Kamal Gomshad Zehi while he was on his way to work in the southern region of Sistan-Baluchistan. - 1/25/15

Iranian Acid-Attack Punishment Delayed As Physicians Refuse To Administer Sentence

- In a very rare ruling, a man who threw acid on another man in Tehran about a decade ago has been sentenced to be blinded based on the Islamic eye-for-an-eye retribution law. But his punishment has been delayed as physicians have refused to administer the sentence, according to an Iranian judicial official who recently spoke to domestic media. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 1/24/15

Iranian teachers begin strike to protest wages, inadequate budget

- Teachers from across Iran have begun a strike in the past two days to protest their wages as well as reports that the education ministry will only get a 14-percent budget increase in the coming year. - 1/23/15

Iran's Security Forces Block Service To Remember Republics' First PM

- Security forces prevented a special commemoration service planned for the twentieth anniversary of the passing of the Islamic Republic's first prime minister, Mehdi Bazargan. Commemoration services for Bazargan were banned over the past seven years under the administration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Bazargan passed away in Zurich in 1995 at the age of 87. - 1/23/15

Saudi Arabia's Controversial Death Sentence

- Last October, Saudi Arabia's Special Criminal Court sentenced Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr-a popular Shi'ite cleric and outspoken political dissident-to death. This was not an ordinary criminal trial, even considering Saudi Arabia's liberal use of capital punishment. -Giorgio Cafiero, LobeLog - 1/23/15

Iranian Judiciary Shuts Down Newspaper for Publishing "I am Charlie Too" Quote

- Two days after the conservative Iranian newspaper Kayhan demanded judicial authorities close down reformist newspaper Mardom-e Emrooz, which was only in operation for 16 days, the newspaper was shut down by orders from Branch 2 of Media Court of the Iranian Judiciary for publishing "I'm Charlie" on its front page. - 1/22/15

Iran's Supreme Leader regrets prevailing discrimination in U.S.

- In a message posted on his official twitter account on the occasion of the Martin Luther King Day, the Leader also marked the birthday of the prominent American civil rights activist and lamented that minorities are still treated unfairly in the United States. - 1/21/15

New Iranian school policy welcomes Afghan children

- Iran's Education Minister says the administration's new policy states that no Afghan child should be denied the right to education in Iran. Ali Asghar Fani told Fars News: "Our objective is to give Afghan students a chance to be educated and empowered in our schools so they can return to their countries with the best of abilities." - 1/17/15
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