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Iran drops death row charge for environmentalists

The eight environmentalists in the prison— Sam Rajabi, Amir Hossein Khaleghi, Hooman Jokar, Sepideh Kashani, Niloofar Bayani, Taher Ghadirian and Abdolreza Kouhpayeh. (IranWire) October 14, 2019 Four detained Iranian environmental activists have been cleared of a charge that could carry the death penalty, state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday. “The charge of [...]

By |October 14th, 2019|Iran|

Mass arrests in southwest Iran in wake of protests over HIV outbreak

Dozens of furious villagers held a protest on Wednesday, Sept 3, 2019, in front of the governor’s office, protesting regime authorities’ unhealthy practices resulting in the outbreak. (Supplied) October 14, 2019 Security forces in southwest Iran have made widespread arrests following large protests over the HIV infection of more than 300 villagers by [...]

By |October 14th, 2019|Iran|

Lawmakers in Iran want to ban teaching of English in public schools

A female instructor teaching girls in an all-girl school in Iran. All schools are gender-segregated in Iran. (ISNA) October 12, 2019 A large group of Iranian lawmakers have submitted a proposal in parliament to stop the teaching of English as a second language in public schools, citing remarks by the country’s Supreme Leader. [...]

By |October 12th, 2019|Iran|

IRGC pushes for reducing presidential authority over government formation

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (AP) October 12, 2019 Iran’s decision-making elite, especially the Revolutionary Guards, are preparing to amend the government formation law ahead of upcoming presidential elections, well-informed sources told Asharq Al-Awsat. The move primarily aims to split government portfolios among presidential candidates and to form coalition cabinets, sources added. Under the [...]

By |October 12th, 2019|Iran|

Wikipedia probes its Persian website’s omission of Iranian officials’ crimes

Justice for Iran accused Persian Wikipedia of “covering up for human rights violators in Iran by deleting statements by officials involved in crimes against humanity.” (Wikipedia) October 12, 2019 Wikipedia is launching an investigation on whether the Persian language version of its website was removing information on its pages that mentioned Iranian officials’ [...]

By |October 12th, 2019|Iran|

Iran’s employment figures for summer 2019: Has it really improved?

The protests, with people demanding higher salaries, employment, improved education and healthcare, an end to corruption and the regime in its totality, are far from over. (AP) By Ali Ranjipour October 11, 2019 New research reveals that unemployment in Iran has fallen slightly, and yet the reality is that one-fifth of young Iranians are unable [...]

By |October 11th, 2019|Iran|

Iran’s economy to shrink by 8.7% in 2019/20, says World Bank

A general view of the Iranian capital Tehran and the Milad tower, November 5, 2018. (AFP) October 11, 2019 Hit by wide-ranging US sanctions, Iran's economy is expected to contract by 8.7% in the financial year 2019/20 mainly due to constraints on its oil and gas industry, the World Bank said. Washington's policy [...]

By |October 11th, 2019|Iran|

Ban on popular Telegram app not to be lifted in Iran

A graphic depicting attacks on social media app, Telegram, in Iran, April 2017. (RF) October 11, 2019 The National Iranian Cyberspace Center has denied reports about the lifting of the ban on popular social networking application Telegram. A statement issued by the center on Thursday October 10 says rumors on social media about [...]

By |October 11th, 2019|Iran|

Annual report on the death penalty in Iran, October 2019

People stage a protest against the recent execution by Iran of up to 20 Kurdish Islamists suspected of attacks on security forces, in front of the Brandenburg gate in Berlin, Germany, August 12, 2016. (Reuters) October 11, 2019 Hundreds of people in Iran are sentenced to death annually. October 10, the World Day [...]

By |October 11th, 2019|Iran|

Former MP reveals fake confessions by Iran Intelligence Ministry in serial murder case

Hossein Ansari Rad, a former member of Iran's parliament has revealed fake confessions were used to cover up the murder of many intellectuals in the 1990s. (IRNA) October 11, 2019 Hossein Ansari Rad, a former Iranian lawmaker has revealed that the Iranian Intelligence Ministry had recorded fake "confessions" by a few individuals disguised [...]

By |October 11th, 2019|Iran|