Proposal to separate prisons from judiciary fails in Iran

Evin Prison, Iran-Tehran. (IRNA) November 14, 2019 Iranian parliament’s legal affairs commission has decided not to separate the country’s prison system from the Judiciary, a proposed reform that could have helped legal and humanitarian protection for prisoners. Iran’s Judiciary is only accountable to the Supreme Leader and has often violated even Iran’s laws [...]

By |November 14th, 2019|Iran|

Faezeh Hashemi: If polygamy in Iran is good, it should be permitted for women too

Reformist figure Faezeh Hashemi in a meeting in Tehran university on Monday December 07, 2015. (ILNA) By Shima Shahrabi November 14, 2019 Discussions around polygamy have burst into Iranian social media over the past several days. A series of posters published by the Hassani Life Institution, in the conservative city of Qom, sparked the [...]

By |November 14th, 2019|Iran, Woman|

Uncertainty surrounds political future of Iran Parliament Speaker

Iran's Parliament speaker Ali Larijani. (Fars) November 14, 2019 Uncertainty has surrounded the political future of Iranian parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in wake of reports that he will not be taking part in upcoming general elections and instead opt to run for president in 2021. Tabnak news website, which is closely affiliated with [...]

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IRGC intelligence ‘brings back’ fugitive who owes $400 million to Iran banks

Iran's judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili. (IRNA) November 14, 2019 The spokesman of Iran’s Judiciary says a major “debtor” to the government who had fled the country has been returned to Iran through the efforts of Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) intelligence organs. The person in question, according to the announcement on Wednesday, is [...]

By |November 14th, 2019|Iran|

In closed-door session Iran’s Parliament scrambles to find money

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appeared before parliament on Aug. 28 to defend his government's handling of Iran's economic crisis. (MEHR) November 13, 2019 The share of crude oil in Iran's next year budget (beginning March 21) has dropped to zero, Mehr news agency reported November 12. The report coincided with the Islamic Republic [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Iran|

Dangerous air pollution leads to school closures in Tehran

A general view of the Milad telecommunication tower engulfed by smog in the Iranian capital Tehran on December 19, 2015. (AFP) November 13, 2019 Dangerous air pollution has shut down kindergartens, elementary and special-needs schools in Iran’s capital Tehran and surrounding towns on Wednesday. Tehran’s governor announced that air-pollution indicator in most of the [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Iran|

Rouhani admits without oil exports the government in Iran is broke

Hassan Rouhani, Iran's president. (AP) November 13, 2019 Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says his country's situation has never been as "difficult and complicated" as it is today. Rouhani admitted that U.S. sanctions on Iran's oil exports are making it difficult to run the affairs of the country. The remarks are in sharp contrast [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Iran|

Shirin Neshat: a stare that challenges us to look away

Offered Eyes (1993) contains lines from the poet Forough Farrokhzad, who was candid about sexual desire. (Supplied) By Kelly Grovier November 13, 2019 Forget the Remington rifle that, propped upright in front of the veiled woman’s face, boldly splits her being in two. What really blows you away is the double-barrelled blast of [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

The misery map of Iranian provinces

The map shows how the “misery index”— an economic indicator dating back to the 1970s. (Supplied) By Ali Ranjipour November 13, 2019 Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Lorestan, Kermanshah, Sistan and Baluchistan, Khuzestan and Kurdistan: for years now the names of these provinces have been cited as the epicenters of crisis in Iran. These provinces have [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Iran|

Iran: Rule allowing appeals hearings without defendants present is blatant violation of law

Iran's Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi. (AP) November 13, 2019 The decision by Iran's Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi, with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's blessing, to prevent the presence of the defendant, plaintiff or their legal representatives at appeal hearings is a violation of the Constitution and Criminal Procedures Regulations, Iranian human rights activists said in interviews with the Center [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Iran|