UN rapporteur says human rights suffered more setbacks in Iran

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Javid Rehman, presented his report in front a UN committee in New York. (Supplied) August 17, 2019 The U.N. Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran says last year saw increasing restrictions on the right to freedom of expression and continuing violations [...]

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UN expert: Executions in Iran among the world’s highest

An Iranian exile shouts slogans to protest against executions in Iran during a demonstration in front of the Iranian embassy in Brussels on December 29, 2010. (Reuters) August 17, 2019 The U.N. expert on human rights in Iran says last year saw increasing restrictions on the right to freedom of expression and continuing [...]

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Iran’s Intelligence Ministry and a major financial corruption case

Iran's revolutionary court room, undated. (Mizan) August 17, 2019 The mysterious absence of the prime suspect in a major case of alleged corruption related to the Central Bank of Iran, as well as other evidence, have given rise to the possibility that the country's Intelligence Ministry is involved in the case. Iranian media [...]

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‘Childbearing is a type of Jihad’ says Khamenei army representative

People listen to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as he speaks at a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the death of founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran, Iran, June 4, 2019. (Reuters) August 17, 2019 Childbearing is a type of jihad, said the representative of Iran’s Supreme [...]

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UN experts: Iran must free women held over veil protests

Female commuters board the women-only section of a crowded public bus in central Tehran. (Bloomberg) August 17, 2019 A group of UN human rights experts on Friday called for the immediate release of three Iranian women given long jail terms for protesting laws compelling women to wear veils. The trio were charged after [...]

By |August 17th, 2019|Iran, Woman|

Tehran real estate prices keep rising up to 500 percent

View of high-rise apartment buildings around Tehran. (IRNA) August 17, 2019 Amid economic crisis, residential real estate prices are rising astronomically in suburbs of Iran’s capital Tehran, with some areas witnessing a 100-500 percent annual increases. The seeming contradiction is mainly the result of the devaluation of Iran’s currency rial, which has compelled [...]

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What’s happening in Iran? A long-time Khamenei ally under fire

Sadiq Larijani, the head of Iranian judiciary. (Tasnim) August 17, 2019 During the past two days Iran's state TV has broadcast unprecedented criticism of former Judiciary chief and current Expediency Council Chairman Sadeq Amoli Larijani at least in three programs. This is highly unusual in the Islamic Republic given that Larijani has been [...]

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Could this be the year of Persian poetry?

An Iranian woman passes by a billboard showing late Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran. (AFP) By Amir Taheri August 16, 2019 Whatever you may think of Iran, you are likely to acknowledge it as one of the oldest homelands of poetry. Any list of top poets from all over the world is likely to include [...]

By |August 16th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Iran reveals charges against photojournalist whose arrest drew film industry backlash

Iranian photojournalist Nooshin Jafari, winner of an Iranian national award for film photography. (Twitter) August 16, 2019 Iran has broken its silence on its detention of prominent photojournalist Nooshin Jafari, whose arrest earlier this month sparked a backlash from Iranian filmmakers and actors who have worked with her. In a Tuesday briefing reported [...]

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Iranian Culture Ministry said to have outsourced book censorship

The headquarter of Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in Tehran, undated. (ISNA) August 16, 2019 A conservative news website in Iran published the leaked contents of a contract between the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and a private company, charging that the Ministry has outsourced book censorship. A copy [...]

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