UN experts voice ‘serious concern’ over Iran’s denial of treatment to detained activists

A flyer from a protest in February outside the Iranian Embassy in Brussels for Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian academic detained in Tehran and sentenced to death for espionage. (AFP) July 12, 2019 Eight human right experts at the United Nations have voiced “serious concern” over Iran’s detention of rights activists and of continuing [...]

By |July 12th, 2019|Iran|

Drugs, rape and prostitution in Iranian prisons

A large number of Iranian prisoners are people who have ended up in prison because they come from the margins of society. (Supplied) By Shahed Alavi July 12, 2019 We have read accounts of Iranian security agents and interrogators sexually harassing prisoners to force them to yield to their demands. Female prisoners in particular were victims of [...]

By |July 12th, 2019|Iran|

Semi annual report of executions in Iran

Iran -- Executions in public, undated. (MEHR) July 12, 2019 According to the data collected from material published by the Iranian state-run press, human rights activists and their websites, or from our private sources, since the beginning of 2019, more than 99 executions were carried out in Iran. Nevertheless, the actual figures are [...]

By |July 12th, 2019|Iran|

Iran gives long prison terms to 9 Baha’is

The Birjad court in Southern Khorasan province sentenced each of the Baha’i men and women to six years of prison and confiscated money raised by the Baha’i community in the city. (Supplied) July 12, 2019 Nine Baha’is, members of a religious minority that has experienced decades of discrimination in Iran received lengthy prison [...]

By |July 12th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

More high-level corruption revelations in Iran’s banking sector

Yasser Ziyaee, former deputy at the Sarmayeh Bank during his trial in Tehran. Undated. (Mizan News) July 11, 2019 During the latest court session concerning financial corruption in Iran’s banking sector, one of the accused admitted paying millions of dollars in bribes to the chief of staff of one of the former speakers [...]

By |July 11th, 2019|Iran|

Another bloody clash between IRGC, armed groups in western Iran

A militiaman of the Kurdistan Freedom Party, an Iranian Kurdish opposition group, looks over the sandbags at a section of the frontline near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, Sept. 5, 2016. (AP) July 11, 2019 Iranian media reported Thursday, July 11 that another clash has taken place between the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps, [...]

By |July 11th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Without privacy protections, little prospect of lift-off for Iran’s tech sector

Iran’s network of Twitter handles, websites and Facebook fakes are amateurish and clumsy. (Bloomberg) July 11, 2019 Over the last six years Iran’s digital sector has established itself as a core pillar of the nation’s economy. This largely comes on the back of significant investments in internet infrastructure, which has resulted in near-universal [...]

By |July 11th, 2019|Iran|

Iran Central Bank bans transactions in cryptocurrencies

CBI has threatened that it reserves the right to take legal action against cryptocurrency miners. (Supplied) July 10, 2019 The Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran says creating payment networks based on cryptocurrencies is against the law. This comes while some Iranian authorities including the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology [...]

By |July 11th, 2019|Iran|

Tehran marathon official summoned to court for allowing women to run

Participants attend the first international Tehran marathon at Azadi Square in Tehran, April 7, 2017. (AFP) July 11, 2019 The former head of Tehran's largest stadium, Azadi, has been summoned to court for allowing women to run alongside men in the Tehran Marathon. Ali Akbar Shabanlou told ISNA on Tuesday July 9 that [...]

By |July 11th, 2019|Iran, Woman|

Fake-branded alcohol claims more victims in Iran

Iranian police prepare to destroy confiscated bottles of alcohol in Tehran. (AFP) By Parvaneh Masoumi July 11, 2019 Since last winter, over two dozen people have lost their lives after drinking counterfeit and bootleg alcoholic beverages — seven in Fars province, 10 in East Azerbaijan, four in Isfahan and five in West Azerbaijan. This [...]

By |July 11th, 2019|Iran|