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

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

Iranian security officers block memorial for executed political prisoners

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

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

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

Sophisticated Phishing Campaign Targets Iranian Diaspora

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

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

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

Reactivated suspended sentence keeps Iranian activist in jail two more years

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

Imprisoned Iranian Cartoonist Grateful for International Courage Award

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

Iranian Nurses' Groups Oppose Firing Of Protesters

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

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

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

Iranian Ex-Prosecutor Acquitted Of Murder In Protesters' Deaths

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

Imprisoned Iranian Artist Suffering from Lymphatic Disease

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

The Faith Healer Who Has The Iranian Regime Scared To Death

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

Head of Tehran teachers' group faces new charges

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

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

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

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

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

Jailed Human Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi Needs Urgent Medical Care

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

Punishing fines proposed for Iranian women who defy hijab

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

Lawyer for Washington Post Reporter Expects Iran Trial Verdict Soon

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

Iranian Journalists' Day: Cartoons, Detention and Trial

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

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

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

Lawyer: Post Reporter's Trial Resumes Monday in Iran

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

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

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

Amnesty issued for twenty Iranian prisoners

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

Six Iranian forest rangers freed after death sentences stayed

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

Activist's letter sparks campaign for mothers in prison

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

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

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

Iran: Arrest of surgeon in Mamasani stirs outrage

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

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

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

Rouhani Government and Conservatives Clash over Laws on Female Dress

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

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

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

Iranian activist Nargress Mohammadi decries plight of mothers in prison

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

UN Petition Seeks To Win Tehran Reporter's Release

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

Iranian teachers arrested as forces bust protest at Parliament

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

Obama Calls on Iran to Free 4 Americans

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

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

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

National Trust spokesman arrested upon return to Iran

- The Youth Branch of the National Trust Party reports on its website that Gerami Moghaddam was arrested on Friday July 17 upon arrival in Iran. He had left Iran after the election protests of 2009, which led to the widespread arrest and exodus of numerous supporters of the Green Movement, which had supported the candidates who challenged the legitimacy of the presidential election. - 7/18/15

"Now comes the time to focus on human rights in Iran," UN expert welcomes opportunity created by nuclear deal

- United Nations Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed today called on the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the international community to seize the opportunity created by the agreement on Iran's nuclear programme to address the human rights situation in the country. - 7/17/15

Nuclear Accord with Iran is a Victory for Diplomacy and Peace

- he agreement between Iran and the P5+1 world powers on the Islamic Republic's nuclear activities, reached on July 14, 2015 after many months of arduous negotiation, is a major achievement, to be welcomed by all who are committed to the maintenance of international peace. - 7/14/15

Separate Paths: US Pursuit of Iran Nuclear Deal and Detainee Release

- As U.S. and Iranian diplomats sat across a negotiating table in Vienna in hopes of brokering a historic nuclear deal between the P5+1 and Iran, President Obama stood alongside his Brazilian counterpart at the White House with a message to the families of four Americans detained in Iran. -Aru Pande, VOA - 7/14/15

Iranian Intelligence Ministry Seeking "Maximum Punishment" for Prominent Human Rights Activist

- The Intelligence Ministry has made a written request to impose the maximum punishment on human rights activist Narges Mohammadi, her husband Taghi Rahmani told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 7/14/15

Iran Resumes Trial Of Washington Post Journalist

- Iranian state media said the trial of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian resumed behind closed doors in Tehran on July 13. Rezaian, a dual American-Iranian citizen, is accused of spying for the United States and distributing propaganda against the Islamic republic. Rezaian, who has been in custody for almost a year, denies the charges. - 7/13/15

Parliamentary Bills Further Threaten Autonomy of Legal Profession in Iran

- In an escalating war of words that reflects the long-running conflict between the Judiciary and lawyers over the legal profession's independence in Iran, the Iranian Bar Association Union's president, Bahman Keshavarz, reiterated in an interview with the official ISNA news service on June 21 that the Union does not operate under the auspices of the Judiciary and that it is a private institution. - 7/11/15

Jailed Iranian activist takes stand for mothers imprisoned in Evin

- Jailed human rights activist Nargess Mohammadi has written a letter from Evin Prison addressed to the Tehran prosecutor to protest the visiting conditions at the prison. The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that Mohammadi has called on Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi to allow the prisoners in the women's ward to contact their families by phone. - 7/9/15

Iranian journalist Sajedeh Arabsorkhi released after serving sentence

- Iranian journalist Sajedeh Arabsorkhi has been released from Evin Prison after serving her one-year sentence. The Human Rights Activists News Agency reports that Arabsorkhi was released on Wednesday July 8 at the end of her sentence. - 7/9/15

Iranian Baha'i Art Teacher Arrested in Front of His Students, No Charges Announced

- The Baha'i artist Shahriar Siroos was arrested by Iran's Intelligence Ministry agents on June 30 in Tehran and is being held at Evin Prison but the charges against him are not yet clear, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 7/9/15

Iran: Blogger's father sentenced weeks after son's release

- Only weeks after jailed blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was finally released due to health problems, his father, Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki, has been sentenced to four months in jail. - 7/7/15

Iranian Activist Appeals Six-Year Prison Sentence for Her Membership in Peaceful Political Group

- Civil and political activist Minoo Mortazi Langroudi has launched an appeal against the six-year prison sentence she received for her peaceful activism. Ms. Langroudi was convicted on charges of disturbing national security and propaganda against the state, based on her activities with a peaceful group that is critical of government policies. - 7/6/15

"No Legal Basis" for Charging Iranian Lawyer with Shaking Hands with Female Client

- Iranian defense lawyer Mohammad Moghimi, who spent four days in detention for shaking hands with his female client, insists there are no legal grounds for the charge against him. "I hope they will stop pursuing this matter because the charge leveled against me does not have any legal basis. It's laughable," Moghimi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 7/5/15

Iran sports body invites female reporters to cover volleyball showdown

- With only two games of the world volleyball league championships left to be played in Iran, Iran's Volleyball Federation has called on female reporters to arrive at Azadi Stadium on Friday and Saturday nights to cover the matches between Iran and Russia. - 7/4/15

Law to let volunteers enforce morality worries Iranian administration

- Iranian Justice Minister Mostafa PourMohammadi says the legislation regarding the Islamic tenet of "Enforcing Good Behaviour and Forbidding Bad" is breaking rules about the branches of government and their jurisdictions. - 7/3/15

No Official Reason Given for Arrest of Former Professor and Activist by Security Agents in Tehran

- The family of former chemistry professor and activist Mohammad Hossein Rafiee, 71, has not been given an official explanation for why he was arrested and imprisoned nearly two weeks ago. - 7/3/15

Mansoureh Shojaee' letter to the Chief of Justice of Islamic Republic of Iran

- In protesting the unlawful action that has taken place in processing my lawsuit in the Revolutionary Court, I Mansoureh Shojaee, journalist, researcher, woman's activist, address this letter to you. At the present time, I am a resident scholar at Hague, Netherlands, a research scholar in the area of social justice, human rights, and gender studies. - 7/2/15

Amherst University Reverses Ban On Graduate Students

- Facing a backlash from international students, the U.S. state of Massachusett's flagship university said it is lifting a ban on Iranian nationals in certain graduate programs. Instead, the university said it is instituting monitoring measures to ensure compliance with U.S. sanctions against Iran. - 7/2/15

Family of American Marine Calls for Release From Iranian Prison

- As the crowd of journalists covering the Iran talks swells, so too do the opportunities for media coverage. Hoping to catch the attention of high-level diplomats, the family of American-Iranian marine Amir Hekmati is in Vienna, pleading for his release from an Iranian prison after nearly four years. -Heather Murdock, VOA - 7/2/15

Iran's Communications Minister says Telegram not restricted by government

- Following reports of disruptions in access to Telegram social networking site, Iran's minister of communications denied any involvement from government censorship in blocking the site. ISNA reports that Mahmoud Vaezi the communications minister said on Tuesday the ministry has no plans on restricting social networking sites. - 7/1/15

Iran: Police and Basij crackdown on eating, drinking during Ramadan

- Shiraz and Hamadan officials reports that since the beginning of the month of Ramadan, 600 people in total have been arrested in the two cities for breaking their fast in public. - 7/1/15

Iranian Teachers' Leader Arrested, Pressured Over Protests

- The head of the Iranian Teachers' Association, Esmail Abdi, was arrested when he reported to court in response to a summons. The Kaleme website reports that Abdi tried to board a plane to Armenia last week and only then did he realize he was under a foreign travel ban. - 6/30/15

Iran: Draconian amendment further erodes fair trial rights

- The Iranian authorities have put another nail in the coffin of justice by making a retrogressive amendment in Iran's new Code of Criminal Procedures which limits the right to access an independent lawyer of one's choice during primary investigations in certain criminal cases, including those related to national security. The authorities must immediately amend the law to ensure that any person charged with a criminal offence has access to a lawyer of their own choosing from the time of arrest. -Amnesty International - 6/29/15

Dastan Ensemble shuns Iran over concert cancellations

- To protest the cancellation of concerts in Iran, the Dastan Music Ensemble says it will no longer schedule any concerts in Iran. The Etemad daily reports that ensemble member Saeed Farajpouri said: "Although we were planning on holding a number of concerts in Iran in the coming year, in light of the recent problems with concerts, we decided that we will not hold concerts in Iran for the time being." - 6/29/15

Iranian human rights lawyer succeeds in reducing licence suspension

- After months of protest, prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has finally managed to reduce the suspension of her licence from three years to just nine months. Sotoudeh's Facebook page reports that because nine months have elapsed since the order was issued, she will be applying for her licence at the Bar Association in the next few days. - 6/28/15

U.S. To Continue Rights Sanctions Against Iran, Regardless Of Nuclear Deal

- The U.S. State Department says sanctions imposed against Iran in response to its violations of human rights will remain in place regardless of any nuclear deal brokered by Tehran and six world powers. Tom Malinowski, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor, made the announcement on June 25 in Washington during the presentation of the State Department's 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. - 6/27/15

Public eating during Ramadan sparks crackdown in Tabriz

- Tabriz police have arrested 92 people for eating in public during the fasting month of Ramadan. The detainees were eating at the Shahryar Hotel coffee shop. Eastern Azerbaijan police told the Fars News Agency on Wednesday that the Shahryar Hotel had been serving food since the beginning of Ramadan and has been shut down by judicial order. - 6/26/15

Iran: Mass firing of ILNA labour reporters draws criticism

- Following the mass firing of the reporters in the labour section of the Iranian Labour News Agency, a group of teachers, activists and workers has issued a letter protesting their dismissal. The reporters of the Labour section of ILNA say they have had constant tension with ILNA management, the House of Workers and the Ministry of Labour over the past five years. The reporters were also prevented from fully covering teacher protests. - 6/25/15

National Iranian broadcaster denies reports of gender segregation

- The Public Relations Manager of Seda va Sima radio programming says reports of gender segregation in the national broadcaster's offices are not true. ILNA reports that Ali Akbar Khodabakhsh said on Tuesday June 23: "Do you think Seda va Sima is a school where you can separate the genders." - 6/24/15

Sistan Baluchistan MP lists distressing stats about province

- Seventy percent of people in Sistan Baluchistan province are living below the poverty line, the Khash representative to Parliament reports. He added that in that past three decades, the province has been ranked last among the country's 31 provinces in terms of development. The reports adds that unemployment remains very high. Two-thirds of the province's population does not have access to drinking water, and only 50 percent of students continue their education. - 6/24/15

Report: Child Refugees Face Obstacles in EU, Iran

- An international rights organization has called on European Union nations to better provide for children from Afghanistan, Syria, and other nations seeking asylum in Europe. Human Rights Watch released a report saying many children who have fled Afghanistan to avoid recruitment by the Taliban or conscription by the Syrian army are traveling alone to refugee centers, where they can be held for weeks while awaiting space in children's shelters. - 6/23/15

High Hopes, Tempered Expectations: Views from Iran on the Nuclear Negotiations

- Civil society in Iran remains steadfast and unequivocal in its support for the nuclear negotiations, and its members hope for an agreement that will end years of sanctions and isolation, according to a new study by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 6/22/15

Female Iranian Official Attacks Volleyball Ban

- A female Iranian vice president has criticized what she called "sanctimonious" men's groups, whose threats prevented women from watching Iran play the USA in a volleyball match. Although about 200 tickets were reportedly reserved for women at the Azadi sports complex in Tehran, security personnel around the stadium refused to allow any of them to see the match. - 6/21/15

National-Religious activist on hunger strike in Evin prison

- Reports indicate that Hossein Rafii, an Iranian Nationalist-Religious activist in Evin Prison, is in a grave state of health.A National-Religious website reports that Rafii is refusing food and medicine to protest the failure of authorities to provide him with due process. - 6/21/15

Iranian Child Rights Activist's Mother Pleas for Help for Son's Ten-Year Prison Sentence

- Ten months after his arrest, children's rights activist Omid Alishenas has been sentenced to ten years in prison for "assembly and collusion and propaganda against the state," and "insulting the Supreme Leader." Mr. Alishenas' mother told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the family is in shock following the sentencing. "This sentence is unfair and cruel. Omid's activities should not have brought him 10 years in prison," she said. - 6/20/15

Controversies haunt Iran's volleyball victory over US: Women barred from stadium

- Friday's game stirred controversies regarding the presence of female spectators in stadiums. Despite assurances from Hassan Rohani's advisor on Women and Family Affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, that women would be allowed to watch the game in the stadium, last week the minister of the interior announced that the ban on women in stadiums is still in effect. - 6/20/15

Extraordinary bail gets ill Iranian blogger released from jail

- Jailed activist and blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was temporarily released on the exorbitant bail of 1.4 billion toumans (about 500 million dollars) after repeated requests for his release due to health complications. - 6/19/15

Iranian Lawyer and Client Accused of "Illegitimate Relations" for a Handshake in Prison

- Mohmmad Moghimi was charged with "non-adultery illegitimate relations" for shaking hands with his female client. He had gone to Evin Prison to meet Ms. Faraghdani and to prepare an appeal request for her 12-year prison sentence. - 6/18/15

Iranian Hard-Liners Protest Women's Presence in Sports Stadiums

- Iranian hard-liners demonstrated in front of the Sports Ministry in Tehran on June 17 to protest the possible presence of women in sports stadiums. The protest followed reports that a limited number of Iranian women could be allowed to attend two upcoming international male volleyball matches, including one on June 19. - 6/18/15

Bahrain's Latest Sham Trial and Conviction

- Now that the Bahraini regime has exacted its revenge by sentencing Sheikh Ali Salman, secretary general of the predominantly Shi'ite pro-reform al-Wefaq party, to four years in prison, the al-Khalifa ruling family should decide which of the two available paths to take. It could remain on the current path of repression and increasing international isolation. Or it could explore creative, peaceful strategies to engage the Shia majority on the basis of human dignity, respect, and fairness. -Emile Nakhleh, LobeLog - 6/18/15
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